Try the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 RC Today!

Try the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 RC Today!

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Last week we announced the Release Candidate (RC) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2. We initially made it available for TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Today, we’re making it available to anyone interested in testing SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 prior to final release.

You can download the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 RC from our Customer Preview Program site or install through Windows Update using our Windows Update Experience Kit.

If you have the SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Beta installed, you will need to uninstall that first before installing the RC. 

You can also check out the SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 RC notable changes here. And you can submit feedback on SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 here on the TechNet Forums.

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  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts

    windows vista and server operating systems come out sp2 been very good thank you, this was a necessary job

  • Has anyone tested WINDOWS VISTA in an INTERNET GAMING CAFE ENVIRONMENT running 10-20 PCs?

    Will WINDOWS VISTA be at par with WINDOWS XP being the best OS so far for NETWORK GAMING?

  • I’m disappointed to see that search and index was removed as a feature of the application server role in server manager. I really thought that server manager was supposed to be the one-stop management interface for my 2008 server. It’s unfortunate that this concept has been abandoned.

    Windows Search is simply installed and enabled even though I had previously not selected index service in server manager. Even better, the fact that Windows Search is enabled doesn’t show in server manager after the service pack.

    I predict a lot of complaints over this. Thousands of administrators are going to install the service pack and expect their server to perform as it was before the service pack. But, they will find that their server is perceptibly slower, and if they have multi-terabyte volumes, they’ll be mystified by the slow but steady loss of drive space on the system drive (as the index consumes all available space).

    This was easily avoidable. Every server feature should be visible in server manager. And, a service pack shouldn’t change the configuration state of the server. If indexing was off before, it should remain off.

    This type of behavior may be acceptable for a desktop OS, where a reasonable argument could be made that the vendor knows the best configuration for most people. On a server OS, I should always have complete (and fine-grained) control. Server 2008 started out this way. But, it is slowly being moved back to the old Microsoft way of doing things.

    This is the kind of thing that causes disproportionate community response, and makes people think they need to use Linux (where they can feel like they are in complete control).

  • I need help.  I am having problems with my Windows Vista.  I don't know what updates that I need to install either.  Can you advise me?  I bought my computer 4 months ago, so I'm a new user to Vista.

    My recent frustration that I can't resolve is that it is blocking a file SmartTabs28.ocx.  I'm trying to download an update to my Ultimate Business Planner.  

    Can anyone help me?  The technical support at Atlas Business Solutions have no idea how to resolve it.

  • I downloaded and Installed on my Windows Vista. I think this will gives some more protection for me. Anyhow this is good for us.

  • I downloaded and Installed on my Windows Vista. I think this will gives some more protection for me. Anyhow this is good for us.

  • thanks for sharing!

  • I want to know when are they going to release the final version.

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  • When is the final release going to be available. Also , I found a bug in the System Health program. Security Center shows PC Tools Security Suite 2009 protecing my pc. System Health Report however says I don't have antivirus protection. Rhis is a BUG . IT NEEDS FIXING IMMEDIATELY.

  • When is the Final Version going to be available ?

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  • mdragos
    1 Posts

    One thing you should include after so much time in windows vista is an ability to multi select and multi-hide updates or just an option to hide lang updates in windows vista updater, so you can see that normaly you have 1 optional update 2optionals for your lang not 38.

  • lollht
    44 Posts

    I'm trying to find the right driver.  That doesn't really bother me (it's a beta, I understand), but the fact that a file I know is on the pc doesn't show up when I search for it does.  It's Vista behavior.  Xp and 2k's search worked so much better (if easily finding files is the standard you use) I can't see why they force this upon us.

  • Hi lollht,

    Igdkm32 is apparently an "Intel Graphics Kernel Mode Driver", have you tried downloading the latest Intel drivers for your machine.


  • lollht
    44 Posts

    Hey Brandon.  I'm bluescreening once a day with Windows 7.  The error message mentions a file name igdkm32, but whenever I run a search I can't find it anywhere.  Please, please, please don't tell me 7's search is as bad as Vista's or I just might cry.  What was wrong with the Windows 2000 search that just found whatever it was you were looking for without any issues?  Between this and the dozen versions of the OS you've announced, I'm starting to lose the good feelings I was rebuilding towards MS.

  • boe
    9 Posts

    Can you uninstall SP2 RC for Vista?   I'd prefer not to test it if it can't be uninstalled.


    Also is there a list of specific fixes?   I have clients who lose all shares and we haven't figured out why yet.   I can still remote into the server, I can still ping it, it doesnt' show any events in the logs yet the shares all dissappear and you can't remap them until you reboot the server.

  • 7flavor
    352 Posts

    Brandon, please please please ask around and please let me know if we can slipstream SP2 into the Vista with SP1 files. The ability to slipstream was pulled at the time of SP1 however MS said it may be back for SP2. Is this possible?

  • oldguy28
    13 Posts

    I downloaded the standalone, 57 min. Setup took about 20 min. So far everything to be working. No problems with hardware or software.

  • I'ts only been installed an hour, but quite nice so far...