Today we are pleased to pre-announce the Release to Web (RTW) of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. SP2, a combined service pack for both operating systems encapsulated in a single installer, will simplify deployment, management, and support for IT Pros. It includes support for new types of hardware and emerging hardware standards, as well as updates since SP1. For specific information on what’s included in SP2, visit the notable changes document.
We have posted SP2 for download on our Download Center and Windows Update. Consumers with Windows Vista SP1 can visit the Download Center or Windows Update (WU) to install SP2, but our best advice is to turn on Automatic Update (AU) and sometime during the coming months your computer will download and install SP2. Similar to previous releases, SP2 delivery over AU is a throttled release which will begin in June. Business customers who require additional time to prepare for the download and deployment of SP2 can use the same blocker tool kit provided for Windows Vista SP1 to delay deployment.
If you are a Windows Server 2008 customer that needs increased management of SP2, we recommend using Automatic Updates/Group Policy and Windows Software Update Services (WSUS). Customers who require additional time to prepare for the download and deployment of SP2 can download the blocker tool kit to prevent SP2 from installing for up to 12 months. We hope these tools will help streamline your testing and deployment of SP2.
Business customers with Windows Vista will find the transition to Windows 7 will be significantly more straightforward due to the high degree of compatibility between Windows Vista and Windows 7. If your Windows Vista SP1 deployment is already underway we recommend you continue with SP1 as planned. Then you can deploy SP2 using your systems management infrastructure. If you are in the early stages of deployment or still planning Windows Vista deployment our best advice is that you plan on testing and deploying Windows Vista SP2.
Download the Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 here.
I prefer to download the SP2 integrated media from an untrusted source because Microsoft removed the ability to slipstream service packs, because the time between RTM and RTW has lengthened and because service packs are not even cumumlative any more. I guess Windows 7 will not change any thing in this area.
Going forward from Vista, will Windows 7 allow a simpler method of integrating a service pack into the base OS image? With Windows service packs not even being cumulative any more, installing the RTM version (20 mins for Vista), then SP1 (at least half an hour-45 mins) and then SP2 takes quite a lot of time and a horrible experience as well. Has the servicing team changed the design so that Windows 7 SP1 when it arrives can be painlessly integrated into the base installation ISO to burn on to a new media?
You can integrate a service pack into the base OS image in Windows Vista, by installing the service pack in the running OS and then capturing the resulting image using tools in the Windows AIK.
You can find step-by-step instructions on how to do this in the deployment guide: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd335037(WS.10).aspx#Scen4)
This thing is horrible.Microsoft is getting more and more horrible when it comes to service. I put out hefty money to buy ultimate and ms doesn't even have decency to relase all language pack for vista sp2. I can't install sp2 because I use other eu languages. Shame on MS
sometimes during coming month??????? huh good joke.... will payment for OS done sometime in coming months be ok with Microsoft? huh? Lazy people... how much time it takes to put all languages??? eternity????? MONTHS!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have a copy of Vista rtm DVD and valid product key for Ultimate. This is build 6000, the bug-ridden very first incarnation. Whenever I feel the need to flatten my machine, I must go thru the madness of installing this, then SP1, then SP2 plus the Platform Updates and all those countless security updates. Why doe Microsoft not at least post a download link to the Iso of 6002, with SP2 in it already. I dont see where the problem is : the infrastructure is there ( msdn and technet users can load these isos ), Microsoft offers Server 2008 full disks at no cost even in the download center and windows7 trial DVDs.. Where the hell is the problem to allow us Vista users that learned to love the OS over the years to download the iso or at least the wim files ?? The disks are worthless for everyone without a product key ! PLEASE!!!!!!! I dont want Windows7, sorry. I love Vista - its stable as a rock with SP2, but the setup until one gets there is a pain in the **** .. Also Microsoft should make clear if there will be a SP3 or not. 50% of the bugs serviced with Win7Sp1 also affect VistaSP2 ( hotfixes even entitled "SP3" ) on MS support catalog..
It would be a consumer desaster once again if ye olde XP is really longer serviced then my Vista box. Only Vista Business gets 2017+ support as is now. Microsoft excludes "home editions" and counts Ultimate as "home".. you are double-morals, marketing guys out there. Do you know how much Euros I have paid for that Vista package ? 379 Euro. Now please start your USDollar converters and tell me I have bought a nightmare which is soon obsolote. Unbelievable.