Microsoft releases Vista SP2 to manufacturing
Hyper-V included for Server 2008
Microsoft has blog-announced the release to manufacturing of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
SP2 includes all the delivered updates since SP1 and support for new types of hardware and hardware standards. The essential features are faster and more relevant Search 4.0, support for the latest Bluetooth 2.1 specification, the ability to write direct to Blu-ray optical disks, Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify WiFi configuration, and the support of UTC timestamps in the exFAT file system, to provide correct file synchronization across time zones.
There is now a single installer for Vista and Server 2008. The Windows Vista SP1 Service Pack Blocker Tool is being removed and, for those customers who previously had the blocker tool in place, Windows Vista SP1 will now be offered to them via Windows Update. A prerequisite for the installation of SP2 is that SP1 is installed.
SP2 also provides the Hyper-V virtualisation environment as a fully integrated feature of Windows Server 2008. There are more SP2 details here.
SP2 should be available later this quarter. ®
Would you please provide to the Register's readers a very simple road map showing how to migrate to W7 from Vista and XP and also the mode to do it, on-line or other means ? I think it will be a great help. Thank you
Blah blah Linux, blah. MediaPortal works for us and never has had a problem. It works better that MCE and well. It just. Works. I don't care for what you like about a Linux run HTPC as it's not relevant to the topic.
We don't use it to "change channels". Hooking up to a 18Tb server mean channel changing isn't needed.
On the subject of cumulative service packs..
Not that many people have noticed, but Windows XP SP3 requires at least SP1 - it won't go onto RTM Installations.
I can ~almost~ understand that decision, what with there being a 6 year gap between XPSP1 and XPSP3. The only time it's really an issue is when you re-install straight off of an RTM Disk, and even then, if you're technical enough for it to bother you, then you can slipstream SP3 into the install.
But with Vista, my year and a half old RTM Disk means I've got 2 sets of forty minute service pack installs, with the added insult that there's no Microsoft sanctioned way of slipstreaming it.
Just another annoyance to chalk up on Vista. Think the longest Vista use I've tolerated was about a month, before changing from an XP/Vista Dual boot to an XP/XP64, then XP/Win7beta.