Windows Vista SP2: On Its Way

vistabandaidJust a quick note to make sure that you Windows Vista users out there know that Microsoft has announced it’ll release a preview version of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 on Thursday. (The final version is due in the first half of 2009.) ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley has a good writeup (incorporating a list of the service pack’s tweaks from Kevin Tofel). And Ed Bott has an interesting post that shows what the serivice pack cycle for Windows has been like historically (bottom line: the gap between Windows XP SP2 and SP3 was abnormally long and Vista SP2 gets things back on track).

Should you install the preview version of Vista SP2? If you’re sensibly cautious, it’s entirely rational not only to skip the preview but to give the final version a few weeks in the wild before you install it, just so other folks suffer the consequences of any glitches. (Remember, Microsoft was forced to withdraw Vista SP1 after its initial release to fix some unanticipated problems after the fact.)

Me? I’ll probably install the preview right away, but I’m crazy. And my brand-new Lenovo ThinkPad with Vista SP1 just doesn’t work very well; I figure that SP2 can’t make things much worse, and might help. I’ll let you know if I discover anything interesting…


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  1. Lenovo laptop December 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm #

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