The next major Service Pack release for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 is one step closer to its official release. Service Pack 2 (SP2) has moved from Beta to RC (Release Candidate). You can download the SP2 RC from the Microsoft Springboard site.
SP2 will only work with Windows Vista SP1 or Windows Server 2008 SP1, so if you have either of these operating systems and have not yet installed SP1, you should download and install that first. If you’re curious what changes you can expect with SP2, you can read Notable Changes in Windows Server 2008 SP2 RC and Windows Vista SP2 RC. Here are some highlights of the changes in SP2:
If you have the prior version of Service Pack 2 installed (Beta build 16497) you will need to un-install it before installing the newer RC build (16670) from the links on the Microsoft Springboard site.