Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 RC version of Windows Vista to Microsoft Connect testers, MSDN and TechNet subscribers. The Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista is part of the ongoing process to improve the performance and stability of Windows Vista.

SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 include updates that have been delivered since the release of SP1, as well as support for new types of hardware and emerging standards. As we’ve described since we first talked about SP2, we’ve taken your feedback into account when developing SP2. Specifically, we expect SP2 to continue the security benefits of both products and simplify deployment for our customers.

I have updated my PC running Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1 to the just released Release Candidate version of Windows Vista SP2. The update process from SP1 to SP2 was smooth and it took about 15 minutes to complete the installation.

Overall performance of Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 seems faster than Windows Vista with Service Pack 1. Check out the full changes document to see what’s new in Service Pack 2 of Windows Vista.

Microsoft is expected to release the final bits of Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 in the second quarter of 2009.

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