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Contrary to pundits, comedians and the occasional mime breaking their vow of silence, Windows 7 is not Vista SP2. It couldn’t possibly be one and the same since Microsoft just released Vista SP2 on the web. ;) Yup, you can grab it now directly or you […]

WVSP2_h_rgb_thumb_647AE510Contrary to pundits, comedians and the occasional mime breaking their vow of silence, Windows 7 is not Vista SP2. It couldn’t possibly be one and the same since Microsoft just released Vista SP2 on the web. ;) Yup, you can grab it now directly or you can wait for the Windows Update oompa-loompas to kick it out starting in July.

Some of the new features include:

  • Adds support for the 64-bit central processing unit (CPU) from VIA Technologies, which adds the ID and vendor strings for the new VIA 64-bit CPU.
  • Integrates the Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless, which contains support for Bluetooth v2.1 and Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi Configuration. Bluetooth v2.1 is the most recent specification for Bluetooth wireless technology.
  • Includes Windows Search 4.0, which builds on Microsoft’s search technology with improved indexing and search relevance. It also helps find and preview documents, e-mail (including signed e-mail messages), music files, photos, and other items on the computer. The search engine in Windows Search 4.0 is a Microsoft Windows® service that is also used by programs such as Microsoft Office Outlook® 2007 and Microsoft Office OneNote® 2007. Autotuning Diagnostics in SP2 now interprets current network conditions when implementing Windows scaling. This feature includes full netsh support.
  • Improves Windows Media Center (WMC) in the area of content protection for TV.
  • Removes the limit of 10 half open outbound TCP connections. By default, SP2 has no limit on the number of half open outbound TCP connections.

The standalone install will range between 302 and 390 MB in size, so you won’t likely want to do this one from the road. Jokes about mimes aside, the first service pack for Microsoft Windows Vista addressed many of the issues I saw, and with the new SP2 features, I expect an even better experience. My biggest Vista issue, however, really is addressed by Windows 7, as the performance is noticeably better, even with lesser hardware.

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  1. I’ve been running 7 on my 2730p since the RC came out and I honestly don’t find it any faster than Vista. However, I prefer it because of the new features that make it easier to use.

    I’ve been running sp2 on my HTPC since it hit msdn and haven’t noticed any dramatic differences. Vista just works really well.

  2. I don’t know why you keep saying 7 is faster since it has been benchmarked to death an it is clearly not faster. A tiny bit faster in some areas but actually slower in others. It may FEEL faster because of the simpler interface but that is a very different thing. I would hope the final build actually is faster but right now its not and you have no credibility on Windows 7 when you keep saying its faster.

    1. Terry, in my experience (benchmarks and actual usage), Windows 7 is faster than Vista on lesser hardware such as that found in a netbook. Put another way: very few OEMs offered Vista on netbooks and those that did caught flak for the sub-par performance. Yet these same devices run great with Windows 7.

  3. Vista 64 SP2 has a 577 MB size.
    (I’m downloading it now.)

  4. Gordon Cahill Wednesday, May 27, 2009

    I’ve tried 7 on 4 Vista computers I own and none of them ran applications any faster than Vista. One of them is a 2133 Mini Note. The OS does feel a bit for responsive when installing drivers etc, but actually loading and running programs has been exactly the same.

    The turning point was search 4.0 and SP1. Before that Vista was annoying after installing both of those it’s a great OS.

    Gordon

  5. John in Norway Thursday, May 28, 2009

    This is probably purely coincidental but I’ve had 2 hard drive failures in 2 weeks on my mobile PCs and both were running Windows 7!

  6. I have Windows Vista SP2 but I can’t search on my Computer at all, like the Search Button on Menu well I can’t search there anymore, since I updated to SP2.

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