Vista SP2 build 16489 released to testers

Microsoft has released an early beta build of Vista SP2 to testers according to those familiar with the beta program.

In a posting to The Hotfix forums, members have claimed that Microsoft have released a batch file which enables the SP2 download from Windows Update. The download weighs in at over 290MB and references the support article placeholder put online 2 weeks ago.

Microsoft recently wrote to potential testers to offer them the SP2 build within 4 weeks and it appears the company may have released this earlier than expected.

It's expected that SP2 will include Windows Search 4, along with Bluetooth wireless support (including latest BT 2.1 fixes), support for the new VIA 64-bit CPU and additional application compatibility updates.

Early feedback from testers noted "Vista feels faster now!" and "it feels good so far...stable and all".

Update: This build is not currently released broadly to all testers and may have leaked out from a small set of testers or internally from Microsoft.

Update 2: According to a Microsoft source, the package on Windows Update today are pre-beta bits, not the actual beta that has undergone more testing. It was added to ensure the windows update process was setup correctly.

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I recall after SP1, they promised SP2 would slipstream much more easily.

I hope someone's reminding them of this promise.

NinjaGinger said,
Slower on boot here but less memory and it IS quicker apart from start


Same here. Takes a while to start up but its a lot quicker once it does.

bbfc_uk said,
Same here. Takes a while to start up but its a lot quicker once it does.


Looks promising in the first, initial, stage...

Or, if you look around at a couple of sites, you can find an already made batch file that works. I have to admit, my system seems much fast at boot, login and startup, and program launches seem quicker too. Can't wait for the final build...or at least the first beta build.

where the weird smiley is at the word success
its supposed to be the word SUCCESS with a colon in the front
I guess colon S makes the smiley

dancomhosting said,
where the weird smiley is at the word success
its supposed to be the word SUCCESS with a colon in the front
I guess colon S makes the smiley

that wouldnt happen if you inclosed it with [code] tag


No! Your code didn't work
I found the .bat code that does work however
I ran it, then checked for updates
ANd up came Vista SP2 Servicing Stack Update Build 16489 for x64 (KB955430)
I just googled it.

Just copy and paste the code below into notepad
and save it as sp2.bat and run, then check for updates
@echo off

reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\VistaSp2 /f > NUL 2>&1
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\VistaSP2 /f > NUL 2>&1

reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\VistaSp2 /v Beta1 /t REG_SZ /d C21A5C64-2530-CC19-042F-9ABDB4ED27F9 /f
IF NOT %errorlevel% == 0 ( goto ERROR)

:SUCCESS
@echo.
echo ================================================== =========
echo Windows Vista SP2 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 SP2 registry keys.
echo Please run this script by right clicking and selecting
echo "Run as Administrator".
echo ================================================== =========
@echo.
goto END

:END
pause

Probably not a very smart idea to run a reg hack posted by another member Well at least I wouldn't. Happy with Vista sp1 on my laptop but very eager for the official release of sp2 next year.

Is this it?


@echo off

reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateVistaSp2 /f > NUL 2>&1
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateVistaSP2 /f > NUL 2>&1

reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateVistaSp2 /v Beta1 /t REG_SZ /d C21A5C64-2530-CC19-042F-9ABDB4ED27F9 /f
IF NOT %errorlevel% == 0 ( goto ERROR)

:SUCCESS
@echo.
echo ================================================== =========
echo Windows Vista SP2 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 SP2 registry keys.
echo Please run this script by right clicking and selecting
echo "Run as Administrator".
echo ================================================== =========
@echo.
goto END

:END
pause

lol these people are unreal - IT'S NOT AN OFFICIAL RELEASE - MS GAVE NOTHING TO TESTERS!

This was an internal test that was leaked by someone...it's a pre-beta! MS will be releasing a beta build to us testers in the near future!


Microsoft only put it there to test how well the download will go for the testers prior to give them access.

If people use the registry hack to get it , well too bad for them as per it is not even the full release.
The full release as gone true even more beta testing and will only be available in a few days.

They will still have to remove it before installing the real one, and that might cause issue as per it is not the full version, so some of the things are broken in it and/or missing.

If the SP2 pre-beta is broken, hopefully Microsoft won't fix it, because Vista was fast for me bofore, but it flies now, and it is extremely stable.

As for this not being a full release, the "beta" is the version that will be available in a couple of weeks. This is a "pre-beta" (alpha?) version that IS available now, and it does seem to be a full release. An alpha release usually conatins bits that are incorporated into a btea release.

The big thing is that I knew I was getting an alpha release when I downloaded it.

SP2 pre-beta does seem to make Vista faster and does seem to be more stable!! IE8b2 flies also.

I haven't noticed any change in resourse usage, either more or less, so their is something that has been tweaked by Microsoft to make Vista faster, using the resourses that it was already using.
I did notice that there is now a bluetooth icon in the Control Panel, but I don't have any bluetooth devices so I haven't messed with it yet.
The only thing is that it "timebombs" the SP2 installation for 4/1/2010, but that's to be expected for a pre-beta release.
NO compatability problems yet either, other than the uxtheme, which now needs a new patch (no surprises there though).

Thank you Microsoft, it looks like this may have the potential to be what Vista needs to redeem, if the XP users will give Vista a try once SP2 is final.

If the resourse usage is the same it sounds like they probably just optimized a few key parts to make it faster using what it normally uses like you say. Sounds good though, hope this is the case when it goes final.

Well there's no download in my Connect : Windows Vista SP2 Beta & Server 2008 SP2 Beta.

Sounds like crap to me.

LOL - Everyone bitching about performance problems and Vista - might want to consider upgrading their sh!ttyP4 w/ 1 Gig RAM....

I get performance issues and I'm on a C2D with 4GB of RAM. I got it at the weekend when sorting through all my files, the computer and explorer went daft, froze then kicked into life about 3 minutes later as if nothing had happened.

Why would anyone want a Beta or Pre beta of a Service Pack. On a test machine maybe but I wouldn't install that on my main machine.

SHoTTa35 said,
Anyone installing this knows the risks and therefore would install it on a test machine.

You might want to think twice about that....I can guarentee you there thousands of people who will install this and not know what beta or alpha even means, and then come here crying asking for help when "omg SP2 broke my pc oh noez!!!!!11111oneone1"

SHoTTa35 said,
Anyone installing this knows the risks and therefore would install it on a test machine.

So out of the billions of people on this planet, not a single one of them would install a beta service pack on their main machine? Gee, how do you know that?

well let's just say anyone that would install it on their main machine would know about the risks. The average guy prolly wouldn't know about it in the first place and then the ones that do would also see all the posts like this that talks about warnings to install on their main systems. The people that do that aren't running mission critical stuff and can afford some down time.

Then again, if they aren't smart enough to know better then too bad if their system crashes beyond repair. I'm sure they wont be doing it again.

I wonder if this will fix the memory dumps that some of us Vista users experience involving ntoskrnl.exe I have heard some blame it on SP1.

Actually there is already a registry entry floating around that lets you download the SP2 beta from Windows Update.

Actually, it has NOT been released to testers...this was a leak, not an official release. I'm in the beta and can assure you this has been confirmed a leak by MS. It was put in place for internal testing only and was leaked....

As you can see, this is a pre-beta version. Beta testers will be given a beta build.

I wouldn't wanna install pre-beta builds of SP's personally. Even beta testing SPs on my main system would be iffy. Now if you have a spare install just for this that's fine then.

GP007 said,
I wouldn't wanna install pre-beta builds of SP's personally. Even beta testing SPs on my main system would be iffy. Now if you have a spare install just for this that's fine then.

Or a virtual pc or vmware image.

hehe, well it's on torrents sites but you don't even really need it. It's just a registry thing like last time (not the same one obviously)

Ultimate users got what they paid for: all the features of Vista. If you bought it for the candy sprinkles (Ultimate Extras) that's your fault.

GreyWolfSC said,
Ultimate users got what they paid for: all the features of Vista. If you bought it for the candy sprinkles (Ultimate Extras) that's your fault.

That is why I got ultimate, but only as it came cheaply with a new machine, but honestly who are you to dictate the reasoning behind why anybody buys anything.

Many home users with no need for most of the functions of ultimate or the business editions, or even much of the media stuff went for Ultimate for the 'Extras', and two years on even with the release of Tinker, they have proved to be not much more than a con to date.

Wow, they are on the ball with this one. Let's hope it lives up the the early feedback and speeds up Vista and keeps it stable. I wonder will it fix the NIC initialisation issue, as I hate waiting 5 mins after boot for my network to spring to life.

badblood said,
Wow, they are on the ball with this one. Let's hope it lives up the the early feedback and speeds up Vista and keeps it stable. I wonder will it fix the NIC initialisation issue, as I hate waiting 5 mins after boot for my network to spring to life.


+1

Same! It'll be good to finally have Vista's myriad of problems sorted out.

Okay, that was a bit harsh, but yeah, it's going to be good either way. Maybe.

Raa said,
Same! It'll be good to finally have Vista's myriad of problems sorted out.

Okay, that was a bit harsh, but yeah, it's going to be good either way. Maybe.


And what problems does Vista have then? I've not come across any since I've been using it (Feb 2007). It's worked better than Windows XP for me. The only problems I had is with it not remembering folder views, but XP does that too.

cekicen said,
you are center of the earth mighty cJr. if you haven't got a problem, nobody have.

Don't be rude. +cJr. is stating sure there are bugs, but +Raa's comment about a "myriad of problems" is unjustifed. It works fine.