Microsoft releases Windows Vista SP2 and Server 2008 SP2

Microsoft has released a standalone installer for Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 today.

The software giant posted some things to know about the service packs last month, one of the warnings is if "vLite" was used to customize your Windows Vista installation, you may have removed required system components which prevent Service Pack 2 from installing. Microsoft has a workaround for this issue.

Microsoft is expected to post the bits to Windows Update in the coming weeks but if you are eager to install SP2 today then the download links are listed below.

Download: Vista SP2/Server 2008 SP2 32 bit
Download: Vista SP2/Server 2008 SP2 64 bit

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kwangkung86, report the Vista SP2 "false positive" to the makers of Bitdefender Antivirus 2009 so that they can update their virus detection files.

I've installed Vista SP2 on the Dell Inspiron laptop with pre-installed Vista Home Basic Edition (updated it to SP1 first before updating to SP2) and everything worked great.

Installed SP2. Everything seems to be running fine, can't really notice any differences other than it seems like some webpages load a little slower... though that could just be the webpages fault.

I have installed SP2 rc on my computer and I ran spcompcln to remove all SP1 files, now when I tried to install SP2 final version, it said the pre-release version exists, need to remove it first, but as I followed the guidance provided by ms by using appwiz.cpl to check the installed updates, I can not remove sp2 rc version.

So is there any other methods I can install SP2 final version?

Weird. Just saw the SP2 listed in Windows Update. got about 5% into the download and quit (error). After about 5 minutes or retries and errors, it now says it's not needed.

What's up with that?

I found this one interesting as others stated "SP2 removes the limit of 10 half open outbound TCP connections. By default, SP2 has no limit on the number of half open outbound TCP connections"

I will install Vista SP2 soon, but I have to uninstall Yahoo messenger, and IE8 first, so I want to refresh the Internet Explorer 8 and Yahoo Messenger 9. I knew that Yahoo Messenger always crash many times on this Window Vista SP1 often. I hope it will work on Windows Vista SP2 soon.

I want to add something: YOu have to install service pack in the safe mode which it is best one than regular (non-safe mode). I had problem with Windows XP SP1 before, because of bad virus and internet blocks.

Gameboy

oh great windows update version its AS HEAVY as standalone update version, i question seriously what its the point of this...

eilegz said,
oh great windows update version its AS HEAVY as standalone update version, i question seriously what its the point of this...


was your system fully updated when you installed the SP2?

jamesVault said,
was your system fully updated when you installed the SP2?

yes, everything even windows search 4 and last month patch tuesday patches, everything its fully updated so i expected a 40 to 60 mb patch from windows update.

the problem its that since its the same standalone installer it will still ask me the 3GB free that i dont have just to install this.

this SP seems to be going backwards to Nt4 era in annoyance

Annoying? Not at all. Trust me, freeing 3 GB is worth the effort. It improves a lot of things. Took about 30 min to install on my laptop.

i have sp1 fully patched, with 1.3 gb free space (only have 80gb laptop so its hard to change the hard drive plus i dont have $), anyways downloaded the thing and 999 mb free space, run the install and it ask me to have 3GB OF FREE SPACE to install a SP?, seriously its outrageous how much bloat can be there, i guess that the setup its not "intelligent" to install only the new things, lets see if Windows Update version. but seriously i think that microsoft want really to screw the few people that get vista over XP, with all this.

at torrent's way... look for MSDN ISO, and check the SHA-1 with the msdn website.
you can't slipstream the SP just like with XP/2k in a supported way.

At this point, is anyone even going to upgrade to Vista when Windows 7 is looming? I was really looking forwards to Vista SP2, but I installed the Windows 7 RC and find it to be so much better.

grewnd33 said,
At this point, is anyone even going to upgrade to Vista when Windows 7 is looming? I was really looking forwards to Vista SP2, but I installed the Windows 7 RC and find it to be so much better.

If you were waiting for SP2 to upgrade to Vista, then you might as well wait for Win7. A service pack shouldn't make much difference to your choice.

SP2 removes the limit of 10 half open outbound TCP connections. By default, SP2 has no limit on the number of half open outbound TCP connections.

They changed it back?

remember this is the first SP in hystory that it's no cumulative... you need SP1 installed before.
The best way is to download the MSDN ISO with SP2 integrated (you can check the SHA-1 to check if it's genuine) so you'll have a clean installation with SP2 built-in. much more speedy and clean.

mazzy80 said,
remember this is the first SP in hystory that it's no cumulative... you need SP1 installed before.
The best way is to download the MSDN ISO with SP2 integrated (you can check the SHA-1 to check if it's genuine) so you'll have a clean installation with SP2 built-in. much more speedy and clean.

Can I borrow your MSDN login/password then? lol j/k

NT 4 service packs had to be installed one at a time in order, then some had to be reinstalled. This is cake comparatively.

I just wonder why they don't release it to Windows Update?

If you get the standalone it is 302MB
If you get the SP via Windows update it is about 43-47MB.

So, release it via Windows Update. I'd like to get just what I need and not the entire standalone.

They will. They just want to make sure any unforeseen problems don't crop up before they send it to everyone automatically.

I currently have pre-release build 6002, how dangerous is it to uninstall that release and re-install this new build?
Or how dangerous is it to do an over the top install?

barteh said,
I currently have pre-release build 6002, how dangerous is it to uninstall that release and re-install this new build?
Or how dangerous is it to do an over the top install?

Uninstall the old beta and then install the new one, that's the way it's always been

bigfootabercrombie said,
I have upgraded my Vista machine to 7. Does anybody know if SP2 also gives Vista the ability to natively right ISOs like Windows 7 can?

Doubtful.

artfuldodga said,
kill custom themes? as per usual
otherwise glad to see its released

I can still use my custom themes after installing this SP2.

artfuldodga said,
i can't, reverted me back to the original dlls i guess, what patch etc did you use

I use vistaglazz 1.1 and it stills works with SP2 I have no idea why, but I try several times to change themes without any problem.

This will keep me happy till Windows 7 hits RTM

EDIT:

Microsoft will release Windows Vista SP2 to the Download Center and through Windows Update on May 26, 2009. Automatic Updates are scheduled to begin on June 30, 2009

Why so late? o.O

vvtunes said,
This must be the most unexciting Service Pack release ever... but it is welcome anyway.

yeah Win7 has stolen most of Vista Sp2's thunder...and rightly so

Service packs where never meant to be exciting though. Just a rollup of all the patches to date and some other tweaks.

Nothing big like XP SP2 will ever happen again.

GP007 said,
Service packs where never meant to be exciting though. Just a rollup of all the patches to date and some other tweaks.

Depends, if you are a business/corp, you wait until SP1 of an OS, generally speaking. That sort of makes a SP exciting LOL.

GP007 said,
Service packs where never meant to be exciting though. Just a rollup of all the patches to date and some other tweaks.

Nothing big like XP SP2 will ever happen again.

Because XP pre-SP2 was such a joke that Microsoft basically gave us a whole new Second Edition-esque OS for free.

FrozenEclipse said,


Because XP pre-SP2 was such a joke that Microsoft basically gave us a whole new Second Edition-esque OS for free.

No, because Vista was taking longer then expected and they needed something to stop people switching to OSX/Linux etc :P XP SP2 only happened* because they cocked up the Vista development (so badly they restarted it half way through). It will never happen again because MS can't afford it to.

* = What I mean to say is, there still would of been a SP2 (and 3 for that matter) but if Vista was on schedule, XP SP2 would of been more like XP SP3 and most of the features added would of remained in Vista only.

Xerxes said,
No, because Vista was taking longer then expected and they needed something to stop people switching to OSX/Linux etc :P XP SP2 only happened* because they cocked up the Vista development (so badly they restarted it half way through). It will never happen again because MS can't afford it to.

* = What I mean to say is, there still would of been a SP2 (and 3 for that matter) but if Vista was on schedule, XP SP2 would of been more like XP SP3 and most of the features added would of remained in Vista only.


I think you both have elements right, but XP *needed* the security overhaul in SP2, regardless of whether Vista was to have been released about the same time.

Microsoft is expected to post the bits to Windows Update in the coming weeks but if you are eager to install SP2 today then the download links are listed below.

I was thinking of waiting for windows update to install SP2, but I cant wait for WEEKS. :).

32-bit:
Build: 6002.18005.090410-1830
File Name: Windows6.0-KB948465-X86.exe
Size: 365,230,920 bytes
CRC: 3368C777
MD5: C9394FD32DB15619328AF4FF0315750A
SHA1: 106C0484D7449CC4B70353C21D0C0D63E4BA66C3

64-bit:
Build: 6002.18005.090410-1830
File Name: Windows6.0-KB948465-X64.exe
Size: 605,410,472 bytes
CRC: 1737E14D
MD5: A3BCB1FFDB366397FA5FAB0898EB098D
SHA1: BE8D74ADC029FA7350FC1F0D32BEF853C0519A92

epple said,
32-bit:
Build: 6002.18005.090410-1830
File Name: Windows6.0-KB948465-X86.exe
Size: 365,230,920 bytes
CRC: 3368C777
MD5: C9394FD32DB15619328AF4FF0315750A
SHA1: 106C0484D7449CC4B70353C21D0C0D63E4BA66C3

64-bit:
Build: 6002.18005.090410-1830
File Name: Windows6.0-KB948465-X64.exe
Size: 605,410,472 bytes
CRC: 1737E14D
MD5: A3BCB1FFDB366397FA5FAB0898EB098D
SHA1: BE8D74ADC029FA7350FC1F0D32BEF853C0519A92


This is the 5 lang version, I think the most prevalent leak was the larger all lang version.

Both Wave0 (5-lang) and Wave1 (36-lang) leaked. The above hashes are for the Wave0 release MS just published.

Wave1 32-bit:
Size: 498,781,016 bytes
CRC: 8D07A886
MD5: CAD218B99FC301836E385049C75F5EAF
SHA1: 7F8AA802E157282D84CF47950281DE53A8C26F22

Wave1 64-bit:
Size: 781,893,560 bytes
CRC: 19C1676E
MD5: DB35DF98AE5A6FD085386580A6EE8B55
SHA1: F0E46DEB7734B8ED277B0CF2304EE2BABC4D9B1C