Announcing the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 CPP

Mike Nash announced that this week Microsoft is opening up the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Beta to a broader audience. Starting today, MSDN and TechNet subscribers will have access to the beta to begin testing.

Beginning Thursday, Dececember 4, the beta available to everyone through a Customer Preview Program (CPP). The CPP will launch on TechNet and be available to anyone interested in trying out this service pack. The CPP is intended for technology enthusiasts, developers, and IT Pros who would like to test Service Pack 2 in their environments and with their applications prior to final release.

Windows Vista SP2 builds on the solid foundation of Windows Vista SP1. Windows Vista SP2 includes all of the updates that have been delivered since the release of Windows Vista SP1, and incorporates improvements discovered through automated feedback from the Customer Experience Improvement Program. In addition to these updates, SP2 also includes support for new types of hardware and emerging standards that will grow in importance in the coming months. For specific changes in Windows Vista SP2, check out the notable changes document.

Nash also added that Microsoft is tracking to ship Windows Vista SP2 in the first half of 2009.

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Looks like it might have been fixed; on Technet Downloads, the upload date has changed to December 4 (from the 3rd)

I have been having the same iso problems. I will just wait the extra couple of days and get the exe when it gets released.

id rather have a way of uninstalling when sp2 actually gets released.

Has anyone else been able to download the beta and mount the ISO? Everytime i try to mount the ISO or burn it to a disk i get an error saying invalid image format.

alafferty said,
Has anyone else been able to download the beta and mount the ISO? Everytime i try to mount the ISO or burn it to a disk i get an error saying invalid image format.


Same here - i emailed the technet help but they have me the worst reply ever n told me to go to the newsgroups. Useless.

I have ended up downloading the integrated ISo and doing a clean install.

Runs really well.

I've had the same problem also after downloading it twice. Maybe I'll wait until they fix it or the exe comes out. What's up with that!?

any info on the free tech guarantee for vista ? Haven't heard a single thing about it since neowin reported it back in nov 1

I can't wait for Vista SP2. The first service pack pretty much ironed out almost all bugs I've encountered, and now that there's mature drivers for most hardware, Vista is pretty much in its golden age. I can only assume SP2 to be icing on the cake.