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Microsoft squirts out Vista SP2

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Microsoft spat out the second and final service pack for Windows Vista yesterday.

Vista SP2 can now be downloaded from Microsoft’s Download Center. However, anyone who had been running the beta of the service pack, which was released late last year, will have to remove it before proceeding with the install.

Upgrading to Service Pack 2 also requires the user to have SP1 installed first.

Microsoft also released Windows Server 2008 SP2 yesterday too, which is bundled into the installer that weighs in at 348.3MB file for the 32-bit version, and at 577.4MB file for the 64-bit flavour of the OS.

SP2 is loaded with all the updates released by Redmond since Service Pack 1. Additionally the software giant said the service pack improves Wi-Fi performance when bringing a computer out of sleep mode; it also has support for Bluetooth 2.1, and users can now natively write to Blu-Ray discs.

Currently the service pack is only available in five languages: English, German, French, Spanish and Japanese. If any other language packs have been installed users and sys admins will need to remove them before applying SP2.

Microsoft said a second wave of SP2 would follow the release in an additional 31 languages, but it didn’t reveal when those can be expected to arrive.

“Sometime during the coming months your computer will download and install SP2. Similar to previous releases, SP2 delivery over Automatic Update is a ‘throttled release’ which will begin in June,” noted Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc in a corporate blog post.

“Business customers who require additional time to prepare for the download and deployment of SP2 can use the same blocker tool kit provided for Windows Vista SP1 to delay deployment.” ®

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