Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Released
Microsoft has just released the second service pack for the Windows Vista operating system; users and admins can download Service Pack 2 for Vista as a standalone package or via Windows Update.
The standalone package includes the Windows Vista Service Pack 2 but also the second service pack for Windows Server 2008, a combined package so to speak.
The size of the 32-bit standalone package is about 302 Megabytes for the five language and 390 Megabytes for the seven language service pack and almost double that amount for the 64-bit standalone package which comes in sizes of 508 and 622 Megabytes.
The size of the Service Pack 2 is considerably smaller when downloaded over Windows Update with all downloads being less than 100 Megabytes in size for all supported editions. Microsoft created a What's New article at Technet which details the most notable changes that are introduced in Windows Vista Service Pack 2.
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 changes
Changes that benefit most users include the removal of the half open outbound TCP connection limit, support for Bluetooth 2.1, improvements to Wi-Fi connections and configurations, and the integration of Windows Search 4.0.
- SP2 adds support for the 64-bit central processing unit (CPU) from VIA Technologies, which adds the ID and vendor strings for the new VIA 64-bit CPU.
- SP2 integrates the Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless, which contains support for Bluetooth v2.1 and Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi Configuration. Bluetooth v2.1 is the most recent specification for Bluetooth wireless technology.
- SP2 improves performance for Wi-Fi connections after resuming from sleep mode.
- SP2 includes updates to the RSS feeds sidebar for improved performance and responsiveness.
- SP2 includes ability to record data to Blu-Ray Disc media.
- SP2 includes Windows Search 4.0, which builds on Microsoftâ€™s search technology with improved indexing and search relevance. It also helps find and preview documents, e-mail (including signed e-mail messages), music files, photos, and other items on the computer.
The standalone Windows Vista Service Pack 2 can be downloaded from the following pages:
- Windows Vista Service Pack 2 5-language (English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish) standalone pack download
- Windows Vista Service Pack 2 5-language DVD ISO download
- Windows Vista Service Pack 2 5-language 64-bit download
The all language standalone packages links are the following for 32-bit and 64-bit
Please follow these links for additional information about the second service pack:
I’m too lazy to install it manually, so I’d better wait for windows automatic updates.
Thanks for the heads up. Forgot to monitor its availability.
yo martin ,
taucht dat wat ?
Is anyone else computer slowing down since the installation? It drives me wild, Vista was crap and slow enough already without any more memory being used up…Why can’t they make simpler, less memory heavy programs instead this piece of crap?