Microsoft releases Windows Vista SP1 RC Refresh 2

The Windows team stepped up a gear and have released SP1 RC (Release Candidate) Refresh 2 today. In the past this probably would of been called RC3.

Microsoft said this release would reach just 15,000 official beta testers who can download it through Windows Update or as a stand alone file. As with previous builds, the Service Pack requires an RTM version of Vista without earlier SP1 updates applied.

Service Pack 1 is expected to be made available in the middle of next month.

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Maybe bit late with the comment - I'm enjoying the sun in thailand and not spending much pc time.

Anyway refresh 2 seems like the reral deal to me. No more time bomb in winver - simply reports 'service pack one' and properties page simply reports "service pack one" too. No more "eval version" on desktop. Also no more playing around with my product I like happened last rc1 install and unistall.

Finally seems to be no more playing around with my product ID after unistall of rc's which resulted in several call to recative :mad:

I did not uninstall to update mine - just added the regs and checked windows update and installed kb937287 build 6001.18000 (x86).
Worked nicely and seems to be fine - but I still have the evaluation copy on the desktop here...

@echo off

reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateVistaSp1 /f > NUL 2>&1
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateVistaSP1 /f > NUL 2>&1

reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateVistaSp1 /v Beta1 /t REG_SZ /d dcf99ef8-d784-414e-b411-81a910d2761d /f
IF NOT %errorlevel% == 0 ( goto ERROR)

: SUCCESS (remove space)
@echo.
echo ===========================================================
echo Windows Vista SP1 registry key has been set successfully.
echo Please check for updates in Windows Update.
echo ===========================================================
@echo.
goto END

:ERROR
@echo.
echo ===========================================================
echo FAILED to set Windows Vista SP1 registry keys.
echo Please run this script by right clicking and selecting
echo "Run as Administrator".
echo ===========================================================
@echo.
goto END

:END
pause

use this reg entry to get v.18000 or RCR 2

I installed the Public beta version of Vista SP1, if I uninstall and go back to Windows Update, will I be able to get the latest 2nd refresh?

My system now seems to run very smoothly - Startup and Shutdown times have increased dramatically with this update :cheeky:

(ady199 said @ #10)
My system now seems to run very smoothly - Startup and Shutdown times have increased dramatically with this update :cheeky:

*decreased

(ady199 said @ #1)
My system now seems to run very smoothly - Startup and Shutdown times have increased dramatically with this update :cheeky:

LOL

(ady199 said @ #10)
My system now seems to run very smoothly - Startup and Shutdown times have increased dramatically with this update :cheeky:

Sorry I meant 'Decreased' :redface:

I just installed this version from WU and system properties shows it as "service pack 1" , plus there is not any watermark on the desktop (yes I did reboot). Running slmgr -dlv does not show any timebomb etc.
Build 6001.18000
Could this be the final code?

Obviously I do, or else I wouldn't have made light of your nick having "thief" in it.

Why do you have to be a torrentthief if they are free? hmmm

i wanna know how big the .exe will be when its released in 3 weeks ish. and how much room i'll need to integrate sp1 with my vista dvd.