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Windows Vista update is ready

8:26 AM Wed, May 27, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko
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As Microsoft gets Windows 7 ready for prime time, it has quietly released its second major update to Windows Vista.

Windows Vista Service Pack 2 is a BIG download (more than 300 megabytes). Depending on how fast your Internet connection is, it could take an hour or more for your computer to receive the update. Microsoft warns that the installation of SP2 can also take an hour or more, with multiple reboots during configuration. Don’t try this while you have a project on deadline!

Also keep in mind that you can’t install SP2 unless you’ve already installed Service Pack 1.

So the big question, then, is how are you rewarded for all of this work?

The main reason is to ensure that your installation of Windows Vista is up to date with a wide variety of tweaks and fixes that have been developed since the operating system was released. Microsoft says Vista SP2 will give your computer improved compatibility with a wider range of software; it improves support for new types of hardware; and it boosts indexing capabilities and improves media functions.

SP2 is not mandatory; your Vista computer will continue to work without it (although Microsoft says the Service Pack will eventually be downloaded automatically for installation as long as you have Windows Update turned on).



5 Comments

Too little too late. Vista is one of the bigger reasons that I changed to a Mac (now 2). Vista was bizarre, and I anticipate the update is more bizarre.

That’s ridiculous. There is nothing wrong with Vista and there never has been. I started using Vista a few weeks after it was released and have since loaded it on hundreds of computers with fewer issues than we had with XP when it was new. Now that it is fully mature, even the US military is converting its computers to Vista.

Now if you want to talk about bizarre, lets talk about my new Mac. My wife bought it and promptly traded it to me for my Vista laptop since she said the operating system was too bizarre. Over the last two months my Macbook has crashed twice. My vista laptop, not even once.

Vista was pre-installed when I got my new computer and I must admit surprise at well it has worked.
I have had zero problems with the system.

Vista has worked great for me. Not one crash. The only annoyance has been the “Allow/Block” feature when opening non-Microsoft applications. SP2 should fix that.

Vista has worked great for me. Not one crash. The only annoyance has been the “Allow/Block” feature when opening non-Microsoft applications. SP2 should fix that.


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