Windows Vista SP2 is finally available for the public to download. The RTM build of Vista SP2 was available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers since some time now, and people were questioning the delay for the release to public.
Vista SP2 is available as a standalone installer as well as an ISO image. It’s available on Microsoft’s download website but not through Windows Update yet. You’ll be required to upgrade to Vista SP1 before you can move to SP2, which will prove to be an issue for some people, although you shouldn’t have been running Vista in it’s none SP state anyhow.
The same installer will also upgrade Windows Server 2008 to service pack 2.
Here’s a list of some of the improvements you’ll find in Vista SP2:
- Windows Search 4.0
- No limit on the number of half open outbound TCP connections which was previously locked to 10.
- Ability to record data to Blu-Ray Disc media.
- Updates to the RSS feeds sidebar for improved performance and responsiveness.
- Improved performance for Wi-Fi connections after resuming from sleep mode.
- Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless, which contains support for Bluetooth v2.1 and Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi Configuration.
- 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.
If you don’t already have Vista SP1, you can download it here.