Microsoft delays Windows Vista SP2 by a month

Tech ARP reports that Windows Vista SP2 might be delayed until March. Microsoft will deliver a Release Candidate of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 in March and not in February. Also, Microsoft will send the service pack build to OEM and retailers only in the second quarter of 2009 and not in April.

Below are the scheduled dates as predicted by TechARP:


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The time delay between RTM and Public Versions release is hard to predict as there was a delay of 2 weeks between Windows XP SP3's RTM and Public Versions and 6 weeks delay in case of Windows Vista SP1.

Microsoft is releasing a Release Candidate (RC) Escrow Build in February instead of the normal RC build. The Escrow Build is a build where development halts and developers & beta testers start testing the product for any show-stopper bugs.

Microsoft has announced that it is not mandatory for OEMs to install Windows Vista SP2 and is marked as an optional install. This clearly shows that Microsoft indeed wants everybody to move to Windows 7. Many OEMs will be hesitant about spending more money and effort for qualifying new builds with their products. It becomes the sole responsibilty of the consumer now to update to Vista SP2.

In a nutshell, Microsoft has delayed the Windows Vista SP2 release by a month and who knows, you might get another Windows 7 build in the mean time!

However, the big question now is: Will you be installing Windows Vista SP2 or Wait for Windows 7?

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Well since I have Vista of course I will upgrade to SP2. Then when Windows 7 comes out I will be switching to that for sure.

What, you mean Windows 7 is NOT Vista SP2!?!?!?!?!??!1111///1//1//1/1/1//onequestionmark

Seriously though, while I am enjoying the Beta, it is starting to get on my tits a bit, with menu items disappearing and gadgets failing. I might got back to SP2 for a few months and wait till 7 is ready for prime time.

There are obviously a lot of people here who don't remember WinNT4.0 Service Pack 2, or the first release of IE 4.0 or even Win2000 Service Pack 4... All of which screwed up millions of machines. This is a further example of the Vista disaster. Anyone thinking that Windows 7 is going to be anything more than Windows Vista SP3 is a mug.

All my machines are still running Windows XP, I'd run Win2000 (the most superior Microsoft O/S) if all the drivers were easily available for new machines.

Before installing SP2 i would first test it and see if any problems come up and if none then i would deploy it.when Windows 7 is official i will test it and see how it is(the beta seems very good thus far)

Since I can't even install SP1, no I won't install SP2. The one and only time I tried to install SP1, it rebooted before finishing and then blue-screened. No safe mode, and system restore failed. Fortunately running system restore from a recovery CD worked even though running it from the hard drive boot menu failed. Never again.

Things are getting really, really slow at Neowin. Maybe you should shut down for a few months. I don't think we can take any more stupid questions.

I would install SP2. Any fix isn't worth putting off until 7, especially from a security fix standpoint. When Windows 7 hits I would probably dual boot for a bit, then move to 7 once I was ready. (Don't think it would take long).

Slimy said,
I will install SP2 while waiting for Windows 7.

Same. I'll be installing SP2 unless the RTM build of 7 magically appears.