Microsoft ships Vista SP2 pre-beta build to testers

By on October 31, 2008, 11:23 PM
Microsoft testers yesterday got their hands on a pre-beta for the second major update to Vista in the form of Service Pack 2. As previously reported, the most notable features in it include Windows Search 4.0 (which you can download separately anyway), the Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack, native support for Blu-ray, and a simpler system for finding and setting-up wireless Internet connections.

Thatís not really all that much to get excited about, especially now that the attention is shifting to Windows 7, but any improvement is always welcome. The software giant is currently aiming to release the final version of the service pack in the first half of 2009, but if you want to take a peek at this pre-beta version all you need is the right registry keys.

CyberNet has all the details on how to download SP2 via Windows Update by running a small batch file. Needless to say, you should not install this on your main system or any system you rely on, as this is merely a pre-beta and there will likely be some bugs in it.

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camuss15 said:
I'm kinda surprised Microsoft already has SP2 in the works since SP1 just came out this year, but I plan on trying it out whenever I boot back into Vista within the next few days. I am currently trying out Windows 7 Pre-Beta Build 6801. From having used it just one day, I am already enjoying some of the new features included. I cant wait for the first "Official Beta" to come out.P.S. The "15 Second Boot Time" apparently doesn't apply to Build 6801, or failed to work as planned because it takes about 30-45 secs to boot for me.
Per Hansson said:
camuss15; Most likely debuggers and other misc stuff are active in the beta builds therefore slowing them down...
camuss15 said:
Well, I guess "15 Second Boot" doesn't apply to build 6801 as I said.
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