The service pack that, for a while, seemed as though lost in space, is out now. Tech Connect magazine reports that the packages for 32 bit, 64 bit, and composite collection on DVD ISO are all available for download as of this A.M.

Microsoft has now rolled out Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 and made it available for download via its website. Service Pack 2 comes includes all post-SP1 patches/fixes, support for new hardware and:

– Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved relevancy in searches
– Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack supporting the most recent specification for Bluetooth technology
– Ability to record data on to Blu-Ray media natively in Windows Vista
– Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify Wi-Fi configuration
– UTC timestamps support for the exFAT file system to allow correct file synchronization across time zones

Out in five languages – English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese, the SP2 can be snatched by following the links below.

– Service Pack 2 Windows Vista/Server 2008 standalone 32bit [348.3 MB]
– Service Pack 2 Windows Vista/Server 2008 standalone 64bit [577.4 MB]
– Service Pack 2 Windows Vista/Server 2008 standalone DVD ISO [1376.8 MB]
– Service Pack 2 Windows Server 2008 standalone for ia64-based systems [450.4 MB]

This comes on the heels of an announcement that the Beta 1 release of Windows 7 will start the nasty habit of shutting down on June 1, so it’s time to either move to the RC of that OS, or perhaps, upgrade your Vista installation.

A heads up for all Microsoft Beta testers – if you downloaded and installed Windows 7 Beta 1 build 7000 back in January, your computer is going to start shutting down every two hours starting June 1st, 2009 until August 1st, 2009 when your computer will become non-functional – as we reported some weeks ago.

Microsoft sent a e-mail to all participants in the public beta stating:

“We’re sending this mail to remind you that Windows 7 Release candidate is available and to make sure you plan ahead for when the Beta expires on August 1, 2009. On June 1, 2009, the PC you’re using to test the Beta will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will send you a notice a couple of weeks in advance, and that’d be the ideal time to rebuild your test PC with a non-expired version of Windows, such as the RC or Windows Vista. This will be a clean installation, so be ready to reinstall your programs and data.”

If you are interested in continuing with Windows 7, you can download the Windows 7 Release Candidate (build 7100) and that will remain activated until June 1st 2010 – just make sure that either way you get yourself sorted before August. Tick Tock Tick Tock!

Choices aren’t always a problem – hopefully, you put Windows 7 on a secondary disk, and you can pull the Vista SP2 down, apply it, and do some comparisons.

If you find anything interesting, let us know.

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