Steve Chen [MSFT] Sr. Support Escalation Engineer

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Service Pack 2 for SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010

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Good news!  SharePoint and Office 2010 Service pack 2 are now available!

The SP2 release improves the compatibility of the Office and SharePoint 2010 products with Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10, Office 2013, and SharePoint 2013. It also addresses security, stability, and performance and contains all the Cumulative Updates (CU) and Public Updates (PU) that have released since SP1, starting with the June 2011 CU and July 2011 PU and ending with the April 2013 CU and May 2013 PU. The issues fixed specifically in the service pack are listed in the SP2 changes list.
As of today, all of the SP2 updates are available from the Download Center at the links listed below as well as from Microsoft Update as a manual download. After a 90-day period, SP2 will be offered as an automatic update through Microsoft Update. Customers using the Office Click-to-Run technology will have SP2 streamed to them beginning in August.

From a recent comment (see bottom of the page), Installing SP2 straight on Top of RTM might work BUT may cause a Problem with the JUNE 2013 CU in relation to the SP1 install!

Therefore I'd highly recommend to follow this install Order:

  1. Based on RTM, Install the SP1 first!
  2. Now install the JUNE 2013 CU !!   (corrected, since it will not install on top of SP2!)
  3. then install the SP2

Don’t forget to run each time the PSConfig Wizard to complete the update sequence!

Q:  Can I install SP2 straight ahead on top of RTM?
A:  Yes, you can.

Q: Does SP2 contains SP1?
A: Yes, SP2 is cumulative and contains SP1 as well

Q: Can I install June 2013 Cu after I have applied SP2?
A: No. There was a recently reported isuse that this may fail and therefore June 2013 CU must be installed after SP1 and before SP2.

   Small hint:
If you have already installed either SP2 on top of RTM or SP1 and SP2 but not June 2013 CU and/or having now Problems with installing June 2013 CU afterwards, just wait until August 2013 CU gets released and install that one.

(update:  2013-07-31) 
Download Links for Service Pack 2
Access 2010 Runtime SP2
Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP SP2
FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint SP2
Groove Server 2010 SP2
Office 2010 Filter Pack SP2
Office 2010 Language Pack SP2
Office 2010 SP2
Office Language Interface Pack 2010 SP2
See KB article
See KB article
Office Proofing Tools 2010 SP2
Office Web Apps 2010 SP2
PowerPoint Viewer SP2
Project 2010 SP2
Project Server 2010 SP2
Search Server 2010 SP2
Server Language Pack SP2
SharePoint 2010 Indexing Connector for Documentum SP2
SharePoint Designer 2010 SP2
SharePoint Foundation 2010 Client Object Model Redistributable SP2
SharePoint Foundation 2010 Language Pack SP2
SharePoint Foundation 2010 SP2
SharePoint Server 2010 SP2
SharePoint and Project Server 2010 SP2
Visio 2010 SP2
Visio Viewer 2010 SP2

With this release, SharePoint Server 2010 with Service Pack 2 and SharePoint Foundation 2010 with Service Pack 2 will offer support for Windows Server 2012 as well Winking smile

See  KB 2724471 for known issues when installing SharePoint 2010 pre-SP2 on Server 2012.

Please see also the KB 2687520  "Known issues when you install Office 2010 SP2 and SharePoint 2010 SP2" for further information!


The recently published June 2013 CU for SharePoint and Foundation is considered as a "Post-SP2 CU" and is NOT INCLUDED into the SP2!
if you have already installed the June 2013 CU on your SharePoint servers, SP2 should be installed too to stay aligned with the patch level chain. If you have NOT installed June 2013 CU yet, you can install SP2 also and then applying the CU after.

Technical details about the SharePoint 2010 and Office Server 2010 SP2 releases (KB 2687524)
-> Download for the SP2 changes list

More info:
SharePoint Team Blog

To keep informed with up-to-date Service Pack 2 information subscribe to the CAPES blog at

Note: Due to required changes to the Prerequisite Installer, Service Pack 2 cannot be slipstreamed into installation media for use with installation on Windows Server 2012 systems. Installation of SharePoint Server 2010 with Service Pack 2 on Windows Server 2012 systems requires an integrated Service Pack 2 installation media due following the patch release.

Office Sustaiend Engineering and Release Team Blog:

UPDATE 2013-09-30:

You can now download a slipstreamed version of SharePoint Foundation 2010 with SP2 included from the following link:



  • Glad that this has finally been pushed through the door.  Thanks for posting the links for us.

  • According to what I read SP2 includes SP1. Additionally it has shown up on my Windows Update already as an optional update [if I remember right].

  • Hi Steve

    Do I need to install Foundation SP2 prior to the SharePoint SP2? Or can I just install SharePoint SP2?


  • Hi Andrea, a Regular CU for the Server package contains already the foundation package. The Service packs contains all CU's, which in turn answers your question:

    - install  SP2 Server and the Foundation pack is already included.

    So yes, you can go and install the Server SP2 and no Need for the foundation SP2 pack prior or separately

    HtH, cheers, Steve

  • Hello Steve,

    first of all thanks for your blog and the informations about SP2 an CU June 2013. We have a little problem here with installing the CU on SP2 SharePoint 2010.

    So here comes the history of the server installation:

    1. blank installation of Sharepoint 2010

    2. installation of SP2 directly without SP 1 or the CU June 2013

    3. Installation of CU June 2013

    The problem is that the installation of the June CU fails because the server say that the version that is needed is not installed. :-(

    We have tried somethings here, frirst of all was to start the Cu with the parameter:


    but this doesn't  work.

    The second try was to install SP1 after SP2 and this works, but the CU installations failes with the same Error.

    So by now we have tested the installation of the cu on a nother system in this direction:

    1. Install SP1

    2. Install CU June 2013

    3. Install SP2

    This works, but the problme with the first server is that we could not deinstall the SP2 package. :-(

    Are there any ideas from you to this problem?

    Best regards


  • @Dirk:

    The June 2013 CU is NOT included in the SP1 release and is a Post-SP1 CU that requires SP1 to be installed Prior to the CU.

    The SP2 contains all the Cumulative Updates (CU) and Public Updates (PU) that have released since SP1, starting with the June 2011 CU and July 2011 PU and ending with the April 2013 CU and May 2013 PU. It does not state, that the SP1 is part of it, so if you have installed SP2 on top of RTM, there is no baseline check and unfortunately, Yes - it can be installed, BUT now the update chain might be corrupted and therefore the June 2013 CU may not fit into the expected product Version check, which then fails to install it.

    BTW:  Are you sure, that you have downloaded the latest Version of the JUNE 2013 CU?

    there was a known issue with the release and although it was removed from download Servers you might have got the broken packages?

    Please check the Versions as per my table here:

    What about a "Restore Point" to revert back to the state before installing all updates?
    Or what about using a backup to restore to the latest Point before update?

    The only suggestion I could give you here for the Problem Server is  to raise a Support ticket with Microsoft to investigate/Fix your problem with the failed Update setup.

    Sorry for no better info,

    Cheers, Steve

  • Hello Steve,

    thanks for your time to answer my question. We have installed the problem server a second time. Now we install first the SP1 then the CU2013 (the right one) and then SP2 because this works for us on another server.

    Thanks also for the hint with the wrong CU, but we have really the right version from July, so this was not the problem. :-(

    Because this was a blank installation and also a testsystem we have no restorepoints for this, but we have perfect install scripts, so that the blank installation of the sharepoint server is not so time spending.

    Best regards and thank you


  • copied comment from " priya  Wed, Jul 31 2013 4:23 PM "  from post here:

    "After installing SharePoint server 2010 service pack 2 we are encountering the following the error in our custom webpart when we try to edit the webpart

    System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.    at Microsoft.SharePoint.WebControls.ScriptLink.ResolveScriptReferenceHandler(Object sender, ScriptReferenceEventArgs e)     at System.EventHandler`1.Invoke(Object sender, TEventArgs e)     at System.Web.UI.ScriptManager.OnResolveScriptReference(ScriptReferenceEventArgs e)     at System.Web.UI.ScriptManager.RegisterScripts()     at System.Web.UI.ScriptManager.OnPagePreRenderComplete(Object sender, EventArgs e)     at System.EventHandler.Invoke(Object sender, EventArgs e)     at System.Web.UI.Page.OnPreRenderComplete(EventArgs e)     at Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages.WikiEditPage.OnPreRenderComplete(EventArgs e)     at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint)"


    I'm not Aware of an issue that will end in the above shown error. Are you sure, that this directly occurred after installing SP2?

    - Did you try to "reset to site Definition"?

    - Does this error also comes up on a OOB web part?

    - did you run the PSConfig wizard afterwards? - Did it complete successful?

    - Was this working before?

    - DId you apply the SP2 straight ahead of RTM or did you have installed SP1 + June 11 CU in the middle?

    Since it is a custom Webpart, you may debug first the customized stuff.

    If this also happens on a similar but OOB Webpart, please raise Service request with Microsoft, as we would need to have more Details and data to investigate this further.

    I'm Sorry but the postings here are primarily proactive Services and not to be meant to get "Support" via comments. If this can be identifed and proffed as a regression due SP2 then it would be anyway free of Charge for you but without deeper Troubleshooting such as Log Review, additional data to be requested, etc., I cannot give you any better answer yet.


    cheers, Steve

  • Hi Steve,

    After installing the June CU and running the PSConfig command, followed by SP2, the server did not indicate that I needed to update the SharePoint databases again since the command (get-spserver $env:computername).NeedsUpgrade gave the output 'FALSE'.  Indeed, when I ran PSConfig anyway, it went through the motions very quickly with no indication that anything was updated.  Can you confirm that this is the correct behaviour?

    Many thanks,

  • Where can we find the delivery of SP2 combined with the SP2010 install so we can install it on Server 2012?

  • Hi. Our env has Fast Search 2010. Do I install the Fast Search SP2 first, before applying SP to the SP app and web servers? Or after?

  • @Ken:  as written in a note at the bottom of my post:  "Due to required changes to the Prerequisite Installer, Service Pack 2 cannot be slipstreamed into installation media for use with installation on Windows Server 2012 systems."

    if it will become available at a later time, I'll update the post here.


    cheers, Steve

  • @Umi:  Sorry for the delay, I doublechecked that before I post the answer here ;-)

    Your Question:  Our env has Fast Search 2010. Do I install the Fast Search SP2 first, before applying SP to the SP app and web servers? Or after?


    With regard to the Ordering of the SP2 upgrade it shouldn’t matter which way round you do it …

    if you upgrade the SharePoint Application tier servers  before or after you upgrade the external FAST Server machine

    Also just for info Looking at the published articles the FAST4SP2010 SP2  package is included in the main SP2010 SP2 package - Description of FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint SP2

    Note! On Microsoft Update, this service pack is included in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (KB2687453). - Description of SharePoint Server 2010 SP2

    Hope that answers your Q,  ;-)

    Cheers, Steve

  • SharePoint Server 2010 *with* SP2 is on MSDN

  • We're *desparate* for the integrated media download as our SharePoint site is the one system that we've been able to migrate to our new domain/infrastructure based on Windows 2012. Please get it out ASAP.

    Thanks, Rob.

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