Exclusive: Windows Vista SP2 RC released to general public

Update: The download pages and TechNet website are now updated with the SP2 RC information

As expected, Windows Vista Service Pack 2 RC and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 RC is now available to general public for download. You can download the SP2 RC for both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 below:

  • ISO for Windows Server 2008 x86/x64/ia64 and Windows Vista x86/x64
  • x86 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista x86
  • x64 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista x64
  • IA64 for Windows Server 2008 ia64

The service pack is delivered as a single release for both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. There will be a single 32-bit standalone installer (302 MB to 390 MB) for both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. However, there will be two 64-bit standalone installers, including one which covers x64 architectures (508 MB to 622 MB) and one for Itanium 64-bit (384 MB to 396 MB)

Even though the download page and TechNet website still says its SP2 beta, the download file name reveals that this is indeed the SP2 RC build - 6002.16670.090130-1715_iso_update_sp_wave0-RCSP2.0_DVD.iso. This build is the same build sent out to select testers last week.

Thanks to Neowin user UAC for the heads up

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i hope you uninstalled it, and didn't do a system restore... otherwise you're prob f*cked when you install SP1 RTM, at which point windows may break but don't blame the OS :P

Exclusive even.

Good question though, I had been planning to ask it myself.

I fear though that many people will forego SP2 and stick with the 7 preview until the final release.

Yes, you MUST uninstall when rtm is out, also you are supposed to wait one hour after uninstall (because various cleanup operations are running after the uninstall)

ViperAFK said,
Yes, you MUST uninstall when rtm is out, also you are supposed to wait one hour after uninstall (because various cleanup operations are running after the uninstall)

Thanks, I wanted to be sure that was not just for the beta.

Weird! I installed this RC but since then my live messenger isnt starting. I run it with task manager and i think it exits in miliseconds Anyone else having the same problem ?

Haven't you guys upgraded to XP, yet? :P

I have read some bad reviews about SP2 slowing down machines, by which I mean computers with freshly installed Vista and SP1. Some games ran quite a bit faster but hard drive access times were worse than with SP1. I am going to hold off for a while, or at least until I have read some more reviews of the latest incarnation. My Vista sludge box is slow enough as it is, thank you.

While You Were Art said,
Haven't you guys upgraded to XP, yet? :P

I have read some bad reviews about SP2 slowing down machines, by which I mean computers with freshly installed Vista and SP1. Some games ran quite a bit faster but hard drive access times were worse than with SP1. I am going to hold off for a while, or at least until I have read some more reviews of the latest incarnation. My Vista sludge box is slow enough as it is, thank you.


Most likely due to the Windows Search index being rebuilt.

i can assure this: sp2 rc build makes the sun travel doubble the time around the world as opposed to gods will and now, though i like cocacola and such things, we have to die.

Actually that's not entirely true. I have Norwegian Language pack, and all I had to do, was to install som updates, and received the RC through WinUpdate...

sanriver12 said,
x64 link is still the beta be warned


The link for x64 has been fixed (running it now). Like with SP1, there are ISO images (for offline installation) for 32/64-bit, five-language 32/64-bit installers, and the Kitchen Sink Edition all-language 32/64-bit installers. SP1 is *required*

I will wait until the final release. It is nice seeing MS releasing these things to the public. More people test, the more issues are found and addressed.

Before publishing this information, does anyone actually check to see if the links point to the right item? The x86 link goes to an early Beta 6.0.6002.16497 that has a signature dated October 18, 2008. Does anyone have the real links to the latest release? It's disappointing that Neowin would provide such old links, when it only takes a few minutes to verify them as out of date.

Pharos said,
People still use Vista? :-P

Edit. Kidding kidding

Well somehow Vista does run better on my pc , i only use XP due to my tvcard :P might buy vmware and run xp as virtual so i can remove the dual boot

Akaruz said,
Well somehow Vista does run better on my pc , i only use XP due to my tvcard :P might buy vmware and run xp as virtual so i can remove the dual boot

Make sure your TV card will run in vmware. Support for hardware acceleration in VMware is somewhat shoddy.

Thanks to Neowin user UAC for the heads up

Ohh... the irony :D

If i am right,Sp2 also includes SP1 right? That means i can install SP2 without SP1 preinstalled and straight on Vista RTM. Wait for few more months and you get Windows 7 RC and you will happiest :P

No, the SP2 requires that SP1 already be installed. This is what some people were griping about awhile back, but actually it will make the download size for it somewhat smaller.

rakeshishere said,
Thanks to Neowin user UAC for the heads up

Ohh... the irony :D

If i am right,Sp2 also includes SP1 right? That means i can install SP2 without SP1 preinstalled and straight on Vista RTM. Wait for few more months and you get Windows 7 RC and you will happiest :P

you are correct you do not need to install sp1 before you install sp2

.hasan said,

you are correct you do not need to install sp1 before you install sp2

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Hasan U have to install sp1 before u install sp2..

.hasan said,

you are correct you do not need to install sp1 before you install sp2

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd335036.aspx

Setup prerequisites

There are only two prerequisites for installing SP2:

* Your operating system, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista must have Service Pack 1 installed.

noteNote
Windows Server 2008 shipped with Service Pack 1 built in.
* Users updating through Windows Update/WSUS must install an update to the servicing stack (described in knowledge base article 955430) that handles installation and removal of software updates, language packs, and optional Windows features. This update is necessary to successfully install and uninstall the service pack; it also improves the performance and reliability of the service pack installation. This update may require a reboot and is part of the standalone update package. It will be offered as a separate package on Windows Update. Users installing SP2 in standalone format will have this update built-in

devHead said,
No, the SP2 requires that SP1 already be installed. This is what some people were griping about awhile back, but actually it will make the download size for it somewhat smaller.

Wonderful. Who made this brilliant decision? Seeing as SP1 will not install on my computer, I guess I won't be using SP2 either.

Wow, lol, your using Vista without SP1?... one... I feel bad for you.

two, obviously you have some other issue with your OS.. sounds like you need to do a reload and fix it.

Qun Mang said,
Wonderful. Who made this brilliant decision? Seeing as SP1 will not install on my computer, I guess I won't be using SP2 either.


Why won't SP1 install?

Hardware issues? Software that is broken by SP1?

(My suspiscion is that it's likely software.)

Don't quote me on this but I thought they said it was going to be in April? That's the month I remember reading about but I have absolutely no idea if that's true or not.

forcer said,
Is this a fix update or does it have features aswell?? are there any list of what's changed in this SP

Was wondering why my windows update was showing up. Was busy and hadn't payed attention to it.