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Vista SP2 Is Now Available For Download

Microsoft has finally unveiled the standalone installers for Windows Vista Service Pack 2 in 32-bit and 64-bit versions as well as SP2 for Windows Server 2008.

The most significant feature improvements include Bluetooth 2.1, Windows Search 4.0 and Blu-ray recording. Bear in mind that you will need SP1 to be installed as a prerequisite and the pack is only available in English, German, French, Japanese, or Spanish.

There's an official Vista SP2 DVD image available on Microsoft's website which will allow punters to burn their very own Vista SP2 disc.

It weighs nearly 1.4GB (although the 32-bit version of SP2 proper weighs only 348MB) and includes all updates delivered since SP1, allowing IT administrators to deploy and support a single service pack for clients and servers.

There have been some issues related to the popular vLite application which trims down the size of Windows Vista and the only solution, it seems, would be to reinstall Windows Vista completely. Windows Vista SP2 will be deployed around the 30th of June 2009 through Windows Update.

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Windows Vista SP2 has already been made obsolete (and redundant) by Windows 7. As it stands right now, it is better and certainly makes more sense for people upgrading from Windows XP, to upgrade to Windows 7 instead. The latter is everything that Windows Vista should have been in the first place and is free (at least as a release candidate) until next March.

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