If you are a Windows Vista user, you will be prompted within the next several weeks to download Service Pack 2 via the Windows Update Service. If you do not want to wait for the auto update to kick in, the standalone version of Service Pack 2 is available now for download. If you opt to download the standalone version you will need to determine if you have the x86 (32 bit edition) or the x64 (64 bit edition) version of Vista.
Service Pack 2, the latest service pack for both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, supports new types of hardware and emerging hardware standards, includes all of the updates that have been delivered since SP1, and simplifies deployment, for consumers, developers, and IT professionals. [ Source: Microsoft ]
Information about Service Pack 2
The installation process might take an hour or more. Therefore, if you are installing SP2 on a portable computer, make sure that you plug in the power cord.
During the installation, your computer will restart several times. Therefore, save your work, and exit all open programs before you begin.
After you install SP2, a sound device or some other hardware device may no longer work. If this behavior occurs, just install an updated driver for the device.
In addition to fixes, there are improvements that have been made:
Improved reliability and compatibility of non-Microsoft programs.
Additional hardware improvements, including support for Bluetooth wireless technology and improved Wi-Fi connection performance, after the computer resumes from sleep mode.
Improved indexing and searching capabilities.
Improved TV recording in Windows Media Center.
Reflected below is a clip from PC World where users that installed Service Pack 2 are reporting increases in free disk space…
May 29, 2009 8:16 pm
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 went final earlier this week, with numerous fixes and tweaks to improve performance, bolster security, and squash bugs. But some PC World readers are seeing another welcome change to SP2: a lot more free disk space.
In comments posted in our forums, several readers reported large increases in free hard disk space after installing Vista SP2. Mind you, I’m not talking about a gigabyte here or there; one reader claimed that installing Vista SP2 freed up a massive 40 GB chunk of disk space. Another reader said, “Wow! I didn’t notice that til now. I went from about 88GB free to 122GB free. That’s a significant change ‘under the hood,’ isn’t it?” And yet another reader gained back 130 GB of hard disk space. Wow.