Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 RTW

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 RTW

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On April 28th, we announced that Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (Service Pack 2) SP2 had RTM’d. Today, we are pleased to announce the Release to Web (RTW) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2.

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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 Professionals. 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.

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 is now available for download on the Microsoft Download Center and on Windows Update.  

Download: Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 x86 (5 Language Standalone)
Download: Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 x64 (5 Language Standalone)

Consumers with Windows Vista SP1 can visit the Microsoft Download Center or use Windows Update (WU) to install SP2, but my suggestion 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 Automatic Update 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.

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. For more on Windows deployment guidance, I suggest reading this blog post from Gavriella Schuster.

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 represents Microsoft’s continued commitment to quality. While most updates contained in SP2 are available as individual downloads, the roll-up convenience of SP2 is a major benefit for administrators. This functionality coupled with new advanced deployment features, such as the single installer and the pre-installation analyzer, means SP2 continues to provide ongoing improvements that our customers have grown to expect from Microsoft. For more detail on SP2’s contents, see Hotfixes and Security Updates in Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Vista SP2.

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  • maas1
    3 Posts

    I still use win xp and looks like I'm on the verge of change for the latest

  • tribuck
    2 Posts

    Unfortunately, the VISTA SP2 update and Microsoft's support team have rendered my Laptop useless. It is now stuck in a System Restore Check Disk loop and have been for over 12 hours.

    Thanks Microsoft Support!

    Whatever you do, be sure and back up your entire operating system prior to even attempting this update. I know it's a PIA, but you don't want to end up like me.

  • Is lamentavel see DirectX 11 did part of SP2. Microsoft it to play in the trash those who believed that taking Vista Ultimate, would have a great option, which now propria company claims to be a waste and that Windows 7 is the fantastic, a new decoy? As trust?

    Is there any expectation to update the DriectX 11 for Vista? Or purposely this does not occur to try pulling Windows 7? If that happens i think i have never seen an incentive so great piracy, as well as a permanent trust break, and i am afraid that people who are involved in Windows 7 inevitably in the future and next summer so misled or if more than we were in we buy Vista because at that time think that Microsoft was a serious company

  • budsuri
    1 Posts

    does anyone know about windows journal on vista?

  • I was really exited when Vista come out with the all nice view and the great user experience that shares.

    I can't believe that we have the SP2 and Vista is not that older I mean XP has 3 SP's but it's been a long time since XP came out.

    Anyways are guys think that Vista is going to survive?

  • I was really exited when Vista come out with the all nice view and the great user experience that shares.

    I can't believe that we have the SP2 and Vista is not that older I mean XP has 3 SP's but it's been a long time since XP came out.

    Anyways are guys think that Vista is going to survive?

  • Sorry, but when will th italian version of Vista Service Pack 2 be released??? The final version was released, but only the five languages pack version (only german, english, french, japanese and spanish... but the others languages? This 5 language version was released one month ago... when the all languages version exit?

  • When will SP2 be available for all language. I have Vista in the danish language, and tried to download the 5 language standalone, but it did not support my Vista

  • When will SP2 be available for all language. I have Vista in the danish language, and tried to download the 5 language standalone, but it suppoeted not my Vista

  • Mdolz
    1 Posts

    I would love to see the fax protocol brought back into the home version of vista like all the other window home versions had. Very useful tool.

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  • Nick S
    5 Posts

    Vista? Is this thing still around?

    I kid. Installed without a hitch! But since the advent of Windows 7 RC, my booting into Vista has pretty much dropped off the face of the Earth. Thats saying something, cus I love Vista compared to XP.

    :)

  • I love service packs, they sure make life easier, certainally makes it easier to have lots of essential updates rolled into one.  It also makes it easier to tell if a machine hasnt been updated in a while.

  • lollht
    44 Posts

    I heard that instead of Extras, Microsoft was going to send everyone who bought Ultimate a copy of Jim Allchin's cd.

  • fredclown
    13 Posts

    So, have the Ultimate Extras died?  If so, then just admit it and let everyone who bought Ultimate expecting these extras know that they wasted their money so that they can move on.

  • BillD
    15 Posts

    When will the Italian version be released on WU ?

  • someone
    156 Posts

    I wish it was cumulative, slipstreamable and time between RTM and RTW was zero.

  • Thanks for the update! I'm getting it from Windows Update.

    I'm just wondering. The size of the Windows Update says 343 MB, just like the Download Center even though it should only be around 43 MB or so. However, after I downloaded it, I'm quite sure it only downloaded 43 MB anyway as my total bytes received (on Task Manager) didn't increase much. Is the full size supposed to show at first?