Microsoft has just released their second Service Pack for Vista. You can grab the correct version from this page. (the second listed is for x64, and the third listed is for x86 32-bit)
We’ll be testing it against SP1 and RTM of course, on a Core i7 965. For now, check out the list of features that this service pack introduces:
Emerging Hardware Support
SP2 contains Blue tooth 2.1 feature pack supporting the most recent specification for Blue tooth technology
Ability to record data on Blu-Ray media,
Adds Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi Configuration to Windows Vista SP2,
exFAT file system now supports UTC timestamps, which enables correct file synchronization across time zones.
SP2 provides support for new form factors, such as ICCD/CCID. new form factor support –example USB form factor as opposed to PCMCIA).
Support for the new VIA 64-bit CPU
SP2 includes all previously released security updates, and builds on the proven security benefits of Windows Vista
Secure Development Lifecycle process updates, where we identify the root cause of each security bulletin and improve our internal tools to eliminate code patterns that could lead to future vulnerabilities
SP2 addresses previously released reliability updates, as well as addressing crashes, caused by Microsoft code, discovered since the launch of SP1
Resume performance when Wi-Fi connection is no longer available after resume from sleep
Inclusion of Windows Search 4 for improved indexing performance, improved relevancy in search, broader indexing scenario inclusion, as well as new Group Policy integration for Windows Search,
Improvements to the RSS feeds sidebar gadget to improve update performance and responsiveness
It is our goal that applications that run on the Windows Vista Operating System today and are written using public APIs will continue to work as designed on Windows Vista SP2.
Previously released Application Compatibility updates are included in Windows Vista SP2.
Spysweeper and ZoneAlarm now working with POP3 email accounts
Administration and Support Improvements
Customers installing .net framework 3.5 service pack 1 will notice shorter download and installation times with Vista service pack 2 or Windows 2008 service pack 2 already installed,
Service Pack Clean up tool (Compcln.exe): This tool helps restore the hard disk space by permanently deleting the previous versions of the files (RTM & SP1) that are being serviced by Service Pack 2.
Single installer for both Vista & Server 2008
Ability to detect an incompatible driver and block service pack installation or warn users of any loss of functionality
Better error handling and providing more descriptive error messages where possible
Better manageability through logging in system event log
Componentization for Serviceability of the installer
Some Specific Fixes/Additions Include:
Inclusion of Hyper-V
Event logging support in SPC
DNS Server now listens over ISATAP address
Fixes DRM issues from WMP upgrades
Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless
Reduction of resources required for sidebar gadgets
Improved power settings for WS08