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Vista SP2 release candidate gets public airing

World+dog invited to play with near-ready service pack

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Microsoft’s release candidate of Windows Vista SP2 is now available to anyone keen to dabble with the near final version of the service pack.

The software giant initially opened up testing of Vista SP2’s release candidate only to TechNet and MSDN subscribers last week.

Now world+dog can get their paws on the download ahead of April’s expected (though not officially confirmed) release of Vista SP2, which will be the final service pack Microsoft plans to offer to users of the unloved operating system.

A release candidate of Windows Server 2008 SP2 is also available for the masses to play with.

Anyone who has SP2 betas of either Vista or Windows Server 2008 will need to uninstall the service packs before applying the release candidate versions, said the Windows blog. ®

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