Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 reaches RTM

Microsoft has finally finished and compiled the RTM version of Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008. The full version string being 6.0.6002.18.005, which company officials have confirmed is the final RTM version of SP2.

The key features of SP2 are:

  • Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved relevancy in searches
  • Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack supporting the most recent specification for Bluetooth Technology
  • Ability to record data on to Blu-Ray media natively in Windows Vista
  • Adds Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify Wi-Fi Configuration
  • Windows Vista SP2 enables the exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps, which allows correct file synchronization across time zones.
Currently circulating around popular BitTorrent websites, the final version is available in 32 and 64 bit versions. Microsoft is expected to release it publicly shortly.

For more information on SP2 please check out the recently posted Microsoft support article.

Screenshots of the file properties:

Thanks to Neowin user Vask for the heads up.

Updated 6:33P.M. -6 GMT, fixed version number. Sorry about the confusion guys!

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If you have used vLite on the install or had customized your install with vLite it creates a registry key in the system. So if you are having this error "one or more system components that the service pack requires are missing.
All you have to do is is start regedit, navigate to this registry value below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\vLite

Then delete the entire vLite key from the registry. When you do this it should allow for the service pack to continue to install.

thanks to Breach for explaining to the nearly clueless vanacid as to why Vista SP2 RTM isn't being rushed out to the "general public" and given to MSDN/Technet subscribers first. Let them test SP2 out to see if it will make or break their Vista computers. I'm in no rush to get SP2, I can patiently wait for it to be available on Windows Update in late May.

I now see at least one Vista SP2 RTM download on both the MSDN Subscriber Downloads & MS Technet Subscriber Downloads pages as I've just checked myself; posted April 30.

The slipstream images (new SP2 discs) as well as the standalone installers are available at

Hopefully, the new Spanish discs will appear soon.

oke, took me 4 hours to install with 2 hard resets on the 4 months old HP dv7 notebook with 4gb of ram and 2ghz dual core intel. it's a 64bit vista home premium system. probably my install is indeed screwed up but after sp2 install it works quite nice

If the SP2 is final, is there a reason why Microsoft doesn't allow US (customer who paid) to download it ?
Why do they only give it to TechNet and MSDN subscriber ? It is not beta software after all !
They only do that to frustrate their customers (as usual).

Because serious software development works that way. There is a very clear difference between RTM (release to manufacturing) and GA (general availability) declarations. This means the product (or SP as is the case) is out of engineering / product development, but at this point this is still an internal milestone. No company is obliged to provide anything, to anyone at this point. Usually, the time gap between RTM and GA is kept short and is guided by sales, marketing, close of quarter and similar business considerations. E.g. though it typically happens in parallel there might be an advertisement or marketing campaign which needs to be finalized, you want profits to get in this quarter (or the next one), etc. Back to your question -- Microsoft make releases first available to MSDN and trusted customers for a variety of reasons, most of all -- stability and peace of mind. Though it's been released officially, unforeseen quality control issues could still surface post-release. Imagine if 10 million people have already downloaded a crappy release, how do you control this cost-effectively? In the MSDN / corporate customers scheme they get a copy earlier, as to be able to better plan their deployment rollout schemes, evaluate the update in general, etc. Hence, an RTM release available on MSDN, or even RTW (release to web) is NOT meant to serve the general populace at large. Once due time passes, and no critical stability, security or interoperability issues had been uncovered, only then would Microsoft put such a major update on Windows Update (where most users get it from anyway). Hope this helps. I actually think Microsoft are being quite time-efficient given the kind of complex organization they are.

Hi,
the only thing that have been added to MSDN is Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 Beta (x86) - DVD (English) (and other version/language X64 etc) yesterday : 28/04/09. Maybe a mistake ? don't undertsand why they wanted to release a splitstream version of Vista with the beta SP2 yesterday, while the lastest release of SP2 was an RC.

http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/9682/lolubh.jpg

Ya, I noticed this yesterday. Really bizarre. I can only think its a mistake and they are planning on putting it on there soon. Also, if you look, those images were added back in 2008, but were recently updated.

Is it on MSDN already? Can someone confirm this is the RTM:

MD5: DB35DF98AE5A6FD085386580A6EE8B55
SHA-1: F0E46DEB7734B8ED277B0CF2304EE2BABC4D9B1C

Thanks.

Can you remember what a huge update SP2 for XP was. That really turned the OS in to something secure and usable.
Vista SP2 seems a bit damp to me, I've already got the hotfixes + winSearch4. I don't have blu-ray and none of my devices support this Bluetooth mode so there isn't much desire for me to rush and download it. My Vista system is stable enough on SP1

ThomMcK said,
Can you remember what a huge update SP2 for XP was. That really turned the OS in to something secure and usable.
Vista SP2 seems a bit damp to me, I've already got the hotfixes + winSearch4. I don't have blu-ray and none of my devices support this Bluetooth mode so there isn't much desire for me to rush and download it. My Vista system is stable enough on SP1

You're never going to see another XP SP2. The only reason it was such a huge deal is because XP before that was a huge piece of ****. It still is in many ways.

ThomMcK said,
so there isn't much desire for me to rush and download it. My Vista system is stable enough on SP1



If I were you, I'd install SP2 - it has improved performance and other background security improvements.

it might be me but my system has sped up and i have 4gb dual core on this. is there any truth that the worked on the kernel? and by kernel i mean the win7 stuff?

The Grasshopper said,
it might be me but my system has sped up and i have 4gb dual core on this. is there any truth that the worked on the kernel? and by kernel i mean the win7 stuff?

did the service pack remove your superfetch data like sp1 did?

M_Lyons10 said,
Does anyone know when this would hit Windows Update? I'm just curious. It sounds like a worthwhile update so far.

I Would assume in the next few weeks.

jasondefaoite said,
I have to say, the difference in Outlook performance is very very noticeable. This is the way it should have been all along. Snappy!


Wrong thread. LoL :P

VMIT said,
Wrong thread. LoL :P

How is it the wrong thread? He's commenting on Outlook performance after the installation of SP2...

Statikk said,
How is it the wrong thread? He's commenting on Outlook performance after the installation of SP2...


Sounds to me like he is commenting on the Outlook performance increase from Office 2007 SP2.

Slipstreamed images have apparently been released:

FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_x86fre_Client_en-us-FRTMCFRE_EN_DVD.iso
SIZE: 3,243,413,504 bytes
SHA1: 25AD9A776503E6A583BEC07879DBCC5DFD20CD6E
MD5: 19CA90A425667812977BAB6F4CE24175
CRC: E2AD10F9

FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_amd64fre_Client_en-us-FRTMCXFRE_EN_DVD.iso
SIZE: 3,861,460,992 bytes
SHA1: AAEE3C04533899F9F8C4AE0C4250EF5FAFBE29A3
MD5: A1C024D7ABAF34BAC3368E88EFBC2574
CRC: 80B2EDB5

Frank Fontaine said,
Looked on MSDN, Technet, and Connect, and cannot see them yet. May only be available to certain types of customers
Just checked the ISO's, both setup.exe's have the correct version number for Vista SP2 and have valid digital certificates.

They look genuine, but until they appear on MSDN / etc I guess we won't know

Actually I think you'll find they are, just look at the forums here for example, the amount of Vista bashing going on is still fairly high. Not to mention public perception of Vista is still fairly low, there are still alot of people who won't touch Vista because they think it's a bad OS. All because of the driver mess during the beta (amongst other things), people just never forgave MS for it (despite it not being their fault). It's a shame people never truely apreciated Vista, but it just shows you how powerful the media is and how true the old adage of "first impressions last" truely is.

Xerxes said,
Actually I think you'll find they are, just look at the forums here for example, the amount of Vista bashing going on is still fairly high. Not to mention public perception of Vista is still fairly low, there are still alot of people who won't touch Vista because they think it's a bad OS. All because of the driver mess during the beta (amongst other things), people just never forgave MS for it (despite it not being their fault). It's a shame people never truely apreciated Vista, but it just shows you how powerful the media is and how true the old adage of "first impressions last" truely is.

I think out of all the Vista feedback I've ever heard, that is the most truest comment I've ever heard. Sadly, it's right :(. I hope 7 follows the same trend though, that the first impressions last

Xerxes said,
Actually I think you'll find they are, just look at the forums here for example, the amount of Vista bashing going on is still fairly high. Not to mention public perception of Vista is still fairly low, there are still alot of people who won't touch Vista because they think it's a bad OS. All because of the driver mess during the beta (amongst other things), people just never forgave MS for it (despite it not being their fault). It's a shame people never truely apreciated Vista, but it just shows you how powerful the media is and how true the old adage of "first impressions last" truely is.

This is exactly right. Well... then Apple took advantage of that and beat Vista to death.

EDIT: Oh, right, and look at the comment below this one. Yep.

That is a little over zealous! Win7 isn't *that* good, it is better then Vista for sure but not 100x! Win7 is turning into the anti-Vista (you know, how everyone is hyping Vista as the worst OS ever made, while conversely, they are now hyping 7 as the best OS ever made). The reality though is 7 compliments Vista, it took what Vista did and made it just better. Not to mention in 3 years time you'll all be bored of 7 and going on about how Win8 is the second coming (or worst OS ever made) anyway, so why bother getting working up at all? :P

Anyone seeing any issues with entering S3 Mode with SP2? Once I got a bluescreen, second time it got all the way to the point where it should click and turn power off, and all fans just stayed on, after monitors were in power save.

This should have come in SP1 more than now, since Win7 is at the doorstep.
Well I guess it's worth it for those still on Vista for a while.

Sure. We'll take time out of our schedules to let YOU, PERSONALLY, know when the release is available.

What's your email address?

:P

Julius Caro said,
remember when xp service pack 2 was like THE update?

Because XP SP1 and earlier was a complete and utter joke.

Chrono951 said,
Wow, today is just SP2 day all around!

Also, it appears to be Neowin Server Crash day as well.


Luckily I'm not the only one...

for a newbie like me, does the RTM mean it will be the final build? is it good to download without worrying about it crashing my system

Yes, RTM is the final build, however you should wait to download it directly from Microsoft. Torrents and such can package it with harmful viruses and such.

Chrono951 said,
Yes, RTM is the final build, however you should wait to download it directly from Microsoft. Torrents and such can package it with harmful viruses and such.

It's not really much of a risk if you just check that what you've downloaded has the correct hash. MD5, CRC32 and SHA-1 hashes for the SP2 installers are easy to find. Just check the hash once you've downloaded it, and you'll be *perfectly* safe from viruses.

FunkTrooper said,
It's not really much of a risk if you just check that what you've downloaded has the correct hash. MD5, CRC32 and SHA-1 hashes for the SP2 installers are easy to find. Just check the hash once you've downloaded it, and you'll be *perfectly* safe from viruses.

And you know that those md5/crc32/sha-1 valus were calculated from theoriginal MS release and not a doctored leak how?

MS annoyingly don't release hashes to stop people downloading elsewhere.

The slipstreamed image will be up on torrents im sure eventually, with SP2. So I wouldnt really worry about trying to do it yourself..

There was loads of talk about how you'll be able to slipstream SP2. Having downloaded this, I can't see any signs of this being possible. Of course, I could be very wrong...
Does anyone know if you can slipstream SP2 into an SP1 retail install disc? And if so, how?

DON'T use vLite because it causes a lot of problems with future updates!
The users have used vLite for customizing the Vista installation now are not able to install the SP2:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968279/
SYMPTOMS: When you try to install Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2), you receive the following error message: Service Pack installation cannot continue. One or more system components that the service pack requires are missing.
CAUSE: This problem occurs because system components that are required to install Windows Vista SP2 are not present on your computer.
However, a common reason for this problem is that the vLite software was used to customize the Windows Vista installation and some required system components were removed.

jamesVault said,
DON'T use vLite because it causes a lot of problems with future updates!
The users have used vLite for customizing the Vista installation now are not able to install the SP2:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968279/
SYMPTOMS: When you try to install Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2), you receive the following error message: Service Pack installation cannot continue. One or more system components that the service pack requires are missing.
CAUSE: This problem occurs because system components that are required to install Windows Vista SP2 are not present on your computer.
However, a common reason for this problem is that the vLite software was used to customize the Windows Vista installation and some required system components were removed.


Good advice. I've been telling people not to use vLite for this exact reason.

ChrisJ1968 said,
well this has been leaked as well. sigh..

sigh? I'm hoping to d/l it asap! So far, I've been disappointed with RC b/c it ****s up media center. Hopefully this will fix it.