Microsoft sends Vista SP2 invites - beta release in 4 weeks

Thanks to a tipster we have learned Microsoft has started sending Vista SP2 and Server 2008 SP2 invites to select testers today.

Earlier this week it was revealed the company will release SP2 before Windows 7. Microsoft recently put a placeholder online for the upcoming betas of Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2.

Microsoft will include Windows Search 4 in Vista SP2 along with Bluetooth wireless support (including latest BT 2.1 fixes), support for the new VIA 64-bit CPU and additional application compatibility updates.

For Windows Server 2008 SP2, Microsoft will include Backwards compatibility with Terminal Services licensing keys, improved manageability features with DFS/FRS console, and Storage Resource Manager, print server and spooler performance improvements for printers in Windows Vista and Server 2008 and improved error reporting in DFSR to help identify incorrectly configured deployments which lead to failed replication.

Both builds are "anticipated" to be released within the next four weeks.

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pjak said,
What happened to Windows Server 2003 SP3? Hope that releases with Vista SP2 - just like XP SP3 did with Vista SP1...

I have been wondering the same thing myself. But I suspect they are trying align it maybe with a release also for Windows Server 2003 x64 and XP Professional x64 since those are built off the NT 5.2 codebase. Its a lot of work, since you also have the Small Business Server SKU's to think about.

If Microsoft suddenly fixes everything people complain about in Vista SP2.... people will start complaining how "Windows 7 sucks" and "I'll stick Vista forever"

mocax said,
If Microsoft suddenly fixes everything people complain about in Vista SP2.... people will start complaining how "Windows 7 sucks" and "I'll stick Vista forever"

They'll be doing that anyway, once 7 is out.

They share the exact same core, of course, so Windows 7 is as much a marketing/polishing/new cool features release. I'm sure that this is the reason everything has been so fast tracked with 7...wipe away the Vista negativity, get the market back on track post XP.

Are there any improvements for the average user with SP2? I read the last part of the article, but couldn't see anything for general users other than improved printing? lol i dunno

Is there a more complete list of improvements, or even someone with a general idea of anything to be addressed?

Or is this mainly a bunch of bugfixes/tweaks, and nothing worth getting too excited about?

dewaaz said,
Are there any improvements for the average user with SP2? I read the last part of the article, but couldn't see anything for general users other than improved printing? lol i dunno

Is there a more complete list of improvements, or even someone with a general idea of anything to be addressed?

Or is this mainly a bunch of bugfixes/tweaks, and nothing worth getting too excited about?

including latest BT 2.1 fixes), support for the new VIA 64-bit CPU and additional application compatibility updates.

Running Vista 32-bit Ultimate SP1 with Athlon 64 and 4GB of RAM. Radeon X1650
I have zero problems with bluetooth or anything else, so I am not anxiously awaiting SP2 or anything.
Don't get me wrong, I will install it. However, I am thinking seriously of baselining the drive and installing Vista Business 64-bit anyway. I don't need any of the Ultimate extras and would like to use that other GB of RAM. I have been using Vista since early beta and really saw no issues at all.

Buncha whining pansies. If it wasn't for that pretty graphical UI, most of the complainers wouldn't be using a computer at all!

One thing I would like is the ability to upgrade the existing 32-bit OS to 64-bit without having to track down and reinstall everything. That is something to complain about.

Doesn't "Windows Easy Transfer" do what you need as far as settings, docs, etc.? You'd still have to install some applications, but you'd want to do that for the 64-bit native ones anyway (if you are using any).

I was thinking it's after 60 comments cuz it showed up right after 61. it could just be as simple as "X" amount of comments in "Y" amount of time which would make sense. Samething happens with threads in forums; Any post can get 1,000 posts over 8yrs but that doesn't mean it's "Hot!"

Beta SP2, Sounds interesting! I won't be beta testing this as i don't like testing service packs that are in beta on my machine im waiting for it to be fully released :)

PS: If SP2 is in beta... then what features are new to be tested?

And ... actually, I have had no problems making Vista look like XP (when I first started using it) but I came to prefer many of the new ways to do things.

The bottom line is, if you want to actually DO something, you can easily find a way with the myriad free tweaks out there.

If you just want to bitch and gripe, go tell your mama. Maybe she gives a fark.

Have been using VISTA happily on my new Toshiba laptop for about 2 months now and I am very pleased. Everybody for their own of course but me myself will not look back at XP now. I look forward to SP2 even if it just means hotfixes and updates rolled up, with my slow internet connection if will be very useful if I have to re-install.

portauthority said,
I used XP after using Vista for awhile, and it was god awful ... XP is an unstable POS compared to Vista. 3 BSODs on XP and none in Vista. (Go figure, it came preloaded with XP) Bring on SP2!

i lol'ed

I changed my email recently, so i suppose i wont receive any invites soon... I had that email for 8 years, it was getting too much spammed for my taste... But now im no longer a MSN butterfly and all those things.

I couldn't even install SP1 on my Vista Ultimate x64 installation. I nearly had to reinstall after it failed to boot and then failed to restore. Running repair/restore from a recovery CD instead of the hard drive worked though. With all that hassle, I will keep up with the updates but I will not again be attempting a service pack installation any time soon.

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