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Vista Service Pack 2 Released

Gordon Kelly


Vista Service Pack 2 Released

Come and get it!

Long expected, long confirmed and (given Vista should have been this good at launch) long overdue but Windows Vista Service Pack 2 has now been cast out into the big wide world and told to fend for itself.

Both 32bit and 64bit editions have been made available - weighing in at 348MB and 577MB respectively - though much of this bulk covers existing patches and bug fixes previously available (what you don't need won't be installed). Windows Server 2008 is compliant with each version.

Highlights include native Blu-ray recording, support for Bluetooth 2.1 and better (read: less flaky) WiFi performance when resuming from Sleep mode. Not overly thrilling but at least Internet Explorer 8 isn't bundled with it (perhaps IE9 will sway us?). Currently English, Japanese, Spanish, German and French language versions are available with a further 31 on the horizon. Vista Service Pack 1 will have to be installed before adding SP2, beta versions of SP2 which have been available since late last year have to be removed first.

Vista Service Pack 2 is currently only available via the Microsoft Download Center (links below) and won't hit Windows Update for some time yet. Consequently if you want Vista at its newest and most sparkly you'll have to go through the rigmarole of a few tiring clicks. Oh the pain...

Update: Contrary to what Microsoft told us, SP2 has hit Windows Update according to your comments. Looks like resistance is futile kids - enjoy.


SP2 32bit Vista & Server 2008

SP2 64bit Vista & Server 2008


May 27, 2009, 12:47 pm

Installed. It was available on win update for me already!

Simon J

May 27, 2009, 12:59 pm

Installed without problems last night......shame it brings nothing new to the slug that is Vista. Roll on SP3......or Windows 7 as it now seems to be called.

Martin Daler

May 27, 2009, 1:08 pm

as Wilson, it hit me via Windows Update. Installed last night, it now seems noticeably slower to boot up.

Beer Stalker

May 27, 2009, 1:45 pm

There's lots new in SP2. It includes 651 hotfixes (only 34 of which were previously available via Windows Update). It certainly fixes all the problems I've been having with dual monitors.

Booting will be slower after the initial install as the ReadyBoost cache will need to be repopulated.


May 27, 2009, 2:03 pm

The BIG question, can Vista SP2 now copy files faster than 3K a second. :)

Also is it any better at resume, getting a few BlueScreens during resume, last night it was vmm.sys.


May 27, 2009, 2:13 pm


Wahey me! I've finally got the opportunity to point out a pendantic and irrelevant error in Trusted Reviews' english:

It's "fend for itself" or "defend itself", but not "defend for itself".

Does this make me a premium commenter, or something? ;-)

Mikey uk

May 27, 2009, 2:28 pm

Yes - just checked and I also have it available on Windows Update ... change in article text required?


May 27, 2009, 2:54 pm

@Bluepork: Sure, why not. We're all out of gold stars though, i'm afraid.



May 27, 2009, 7:55 pm

If TR is handing out gold stars, I'm entitled to dozens! :)


May 27, 2009, 7:57 pm

@Ohmz - at least ;)


May 28, 2009, 12:47 am

I like to ration myself to one correction a week. I assume TR put them in deliberately for us to find - a bit like hidden easter eggs :)


May 28, 2009, 5:44 am

Ive just check my Windows Update on 32Bit Ultimate, and SP2 isnt on there yet.


May 28, 2009, 2:02 pm

Installed on my desktop & laptop last night. Can't say I notice much difference (I have never had a problem with Vista, always found it to be fast & stable).

I guess a lot of updates/fixes are "under the hood" so the user won't notice too much.....


May 28, 2009, 5:52 pm

@ Steve, you must be one of the lucky ones!

Martin Daler

May 29, 2009, 1:43 am

@Ohmz Count me as one of the lucky ones too - never a BSOD, never a hiccough, never a problem, always a pleasure. And like Beer_Stalker above predicted, the boot up time has now reverted to its pre-sp2 quickness.


May 29, 2009, 3:47 am

Just checked my updates on 32Bit Ultimate and its still not on there. Any reason why some people have had it and not others?

Martin Daler

May 30, 2009, 2:54 am


we are the blessed, who write nice things about Microsoft!

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