Announcing the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Customer Preview Program (CPP)

Announcing the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Customer Preview Program (CPP)

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Hi, Mike Nash here. In late October I announced the Beta  of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 - beginning with a small group of Technology Adoption Program customers. This week we're opening up the beta to a broader audience. Starting today, MSDN and TechNet subscribers will have access to the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Beta to begin testing.   

Beginning Thursday Dec. 4th, we will be making the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Beta available to everyone through a Customer Preview Program (CPP). The CPP will launch on TechNet and be available to anyone interested in trying out this service pack. The CPP is intended for technology enthusiasts, developers, and IT Pros who would like to test Service Pack 2 in their environments and with their applications prior to final release. For most customers, our best advice would be to wait until the final release prior to installing this service pack.

For those of you who choose to test this service pack, we encourage you to install the beta as soon as you can; your feedback will help us to ship a solid and stable service pack for Windows Vista.

Windows Vista SP2 builds on the solid foundation of Windows Vista SP1, and represents our ongoing commitment to Windows Vista today. Windows Vista SP2 includes all of the updates that have been delivered since the release of Windows Vista SP1, and incorporates improvements discovered through automated feedback from the Customer Experience Improvement Program (where users voluntarily opt-in to sending Microsoft error reports from their systems).  In addition to these updates, SP2 also includes support for new types of hardware and emerging standards that will grow in importance in the coming months. For specific changes in Windows Vista SP2 - see my previous post on Windows Vista SP2 or check out the notable changes document.

Your feedback from testing will help us deliver the highest quality release possible. As of today, we are tracking to ship Windows Vista SP2 in the first half of 2009.

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  • When is the Windows team going to do something about Vista messing around with the gamma settings on my pc ? Vista has been out for over 3 years now and it's about time this was sorted out. Windows 7 ? who cares !

  • keithc
    1 Posts

    Hi I am currently running Vista Home Premium without SP1. I have had it installed twice but ended up uninstalling it again because I found that windows update itself would stop working!!!!! All you see is a blank box with spinning circle which does not progress any further than that.

    My wife has got her own login and and occasionally using the "switch user"function would cause the laptop to hang with the need to switch it off with power button .I do find vista very slow at tmes with a lot of hard dish activity going on and no explanation in Task Manager as to why this should be.

  • billiem
    1 Posts

    Will CP2 fix error code 1719 and installer problem?

  • maryg
    3 Posts

    does this do anything to fix the problems with the sound system that comes from sp1?  mine was disabled when I installed sp1, and I have no idea how to get it back.  really frustrating since I use my computer to record cds.  

    may just go back to mac

  • so...will I finally able to splitstream?

  • webDev_Indy, Windows 7 is far from being a 3rd service pack for Windows Vista. And service packs traditionally do not ship new features and are usually meant for fixes to the OS as well as added hardware support etc. This mentality is likely not to change.

    Its great to know you are liking the new Windows Taskbar though!

  • Why can't Vista Service Packs include the Windows 7 task bar? Windows 7 is based on Vista, therefore the Beta of Windows 7 is practically Vista SP3.

    I understand Vista has a bad reputation and Microsoft needs a new OS to make things better, but I don't understand why some of these features can't be integrated into Vista.

    I am really enjoying the 7 beta and I plan to buy the OS when it comes out. I just think that some of these features could easily be added to Vista instead of making people wait for 7.

  • Galane
    1 Posts

    A few things Vista needs.

    #1. I want to change the "highlight" color in Aero Glass to an actual highlight that can be seen. In other words DARK color with white text. There's a definition of highlight which Aero Glass' is the total opposite of. Who did Microsoft have test this? Teens and 20-somethings with absolutely perfect vision? It's even harder to see on LCD screens. Go read the old Apple book on interface design. (The one Apple threw away when they made Quicktime 4!)

    #2. When the user sets Explorer to show all files and folders, don't pop Access Denied when those usually hidden links are clicked, just QUIETLY shunt the user to the place Vista has the files the user is wanting.

    #3. When the user goes to Safely Remove a removable device (especially hard drives) don't yank them around with those "I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that" messages, just flush all pending writes to the drive and unmount it. If the user happens to have the drive open in Explorer, do exactly the same thing Vista does when the user ejects a CD or DVD while Explorer is looking at it. Kick the selection to the next drive up or down WITHOUT ANY COMPLAINTS FROM WINDOWS.

    #4. Fix the BUG with Windows constantly insisting a folder or file is "open" and can't be deleted when the user has shut down every program other than Explorer. If the user is looking in the folder he wants to delete, just bleeping delete it and move the user to the next folder down the list. I'm fed up with having to reboot Vista just to get it to let me delete folders and files I've put on the drive. This is in cases where not even Unlocker will pry Vista off them. When the user closes a file in say, MS Word, then closes MS Word, all files Word was accessing should have their file handles released immediately.

    #5. The search indexing is horribly broken. I've had to turn it off. When I'm looking for text files and I can SEE a bunch of text files in a folder and search that folder for *.txt and get "nothing found", and when I enter the exact filename I can SEE in a folder and search that folder and get "nothing found", that is BROKEN. I've had this same problem with Windows XP too. Lots of people are having this problem with Vista, just search the web. If it's not found in the index, automatically and without any fuss, just switch to searching without using the index, and update the index while doing the real search.

    #6. One click, no nagging disabling of UAC, or make it do its job without having to ask "user may I" every time the user wants to do anything. When I first got Vista, I spent a whole lot of time clicking OK on the pesty thing. Security should be UNOBTRUSIVE and NOT ANNOYING. I run Spybot Search and Destroy and Avast antivirus. They use very little system resources and work QUIETLY behind the scenes. When they do need my attention, it's because there's a real problem, not just me trying to use my computer.

    I wish I could've been involved in the early testing of Vista because I'd have given Microsoft an earfull over all of these issues.

    If Microsoft only adresses one of these, make it #1 because being able to SEE WHAT I'M DOING is very important. The ultra-non-visible-un-highlight-non-color has led more than a few times to putting things in places I didn't want and deleting whole folders when I wanted to delete one file because I didn't see that the "highlight" was on a folder in the left side of Explorer.

    I've been using PCs and other computers since 1983, and seen far too many really dumb things done with software, and even worse, seen the same dumb things repeated over and over. Microsoft needs a few people to tell them NO! Just NO! when they come up with ideas like that "highlight" which can't be changed.

  • kelvin
    6 Posts

    whats the point in spending time on crappy vista everyone do yourselfs a faviour and download windows 7 it runs a million times better than crapy vista microsoft drop vista and extend xp till windows 7 comes out cause vista is the worst os ever

  • khopper
    1 Posts

    God Bless the Windows 7 Team.

    Download was 8Mbps at 7pm in

    Chicago, IL USA.  The DVD looks

    great. Can't wait to install it.

  • Borag
    3 Posts

    I do have a Dell XPS running Vista Ultimate. Will I need an extender?

  • Borag
    3 Posts


    I load WHS on the Optiplex. How do I get the media stuff to the TV?

  • Borag, yes you can certainly turn your Optiplex GX620 into a Windows Home Server. However you won't be able to run Windows Media Center as Windows Home Server doesn't accomodate this. And you cannot run Windows Home Server and Windows Vista Home Premium/Ultimate at the same time on the same PC other than dual booting which I'm not sure will won't do what you want it to do.

  • Borag
    3 Posts

    I'm a home user, with a used Optiplex GX620, a copy of WHS, a copy of Vista Home Premium/Ultimate, and  a TV card.

    I want to use the optiplex for a home server and a media center.

    Can it be done?

  • Hi!

    Pls.What about VistaSP2-Final Release?


  • My experience with Vista has not been all bad, but its not been a great experience either. Of all the new features in Vista, the only one I find myself missing when using XP, is the program search feature. Nearly all of the other features are neat, but I do not use many and those that I do, are still the same, like notepad. It would be very useful to have at least an improved text editor. Many of the improved security "features" are perhaps necessary, but they frequently get in the way causing me much annoyance and frustration.

    I also agree with keithbrooks100367... in regard to including the TV Pack, considering that the Windows Media Center page explicitly states it supports features that only are available to OEMs and farly new PCs from those OEMs.

    Finally, although this might be more of a Windows 7 request, all the versions of "Vista" are really annoying and has caused me some surprising issues with regarding to end user support.

  • Lipl1
    1 Posts

    Off the subject.   Will the fax/scan capability ever be added to Vista Home Premium ?

  • BillD
    15 Posts

    Please enable the DEP in IE7 in SP2.

    Please enable the DEP in IE7 in SP2.

    Please enable the DEP in IE7 in SP2.

    This action will vastly improve the security of Vista and it will force the developers to write better add-ons.

  • So the focus is going to be on addressing reliability & performance issues, supporting new hardware, & adding support for some emerging standards.

    Any UI changes, albeit, minor ?

  • BuckFix
    36 Posts
  • dovella
    303 Posts

    Thanks MR Mike :D