Tuesday, May 26th 2009

Microsoft Windows Vista and Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Released

Microsoft has just posted the official download links for the final version of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. You need to have Service Pack 1 to install SP2 and that's pretty much everything. The standalone downloads are available in five different languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish. Find more info in the download links.

DOWNLOAD: Windows Vista/Server 2008 Service Pack 2 x32 | Windows Vista/Server 2008 Service Pack 2 x64Source: Microsoft
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77 Comments on Microsoft Windows Vista and Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Released

#1
Jizzler
Wha?

In previous Windows, slipstreaming was nothing more than using the full offline package with a couple switches throw in at the end. EX: update -s:c:xp

I can't see them taking away that functionality from admins, techs, etc...
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#2
ShadowFold
I have a Vista license, can I call them and get them to send me a SP2 DVD? I only have the base version from when it went retail. It's OEM tho, do they do that for OEM?
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#3
a_ump
so does this actually have any fixes or changes that we haven't already recieved through windows live update?
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#4
BrooksyX
by: Mussels
looks like y'all need an SP2 disk and Vlite that, or go with plain jane vista installs.
vLite probably doesn't support SP2 yet and I am pretty sure the guy makes vLite hasn't released an update or been heard from in like a year. So vLite might not be possible with SP2 anytime soon or ever.
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#5
Mussels
Moderprator
by: ShadowFold
I have a Vista license, can I call them and get them to send me a SP2 DVD? I only have the base version from when it went retail. It's OEM tho, do they do that for OEM?
they send you SP2 on a DVD, but its just the redist, you cant install windows from it.
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#6
MarcusTaz
by: Mussels
i said it too :(
Lol sorry yes you said it too... :toast:
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#8
VIPER
by: Triprift
Cool look forward to seeing it through Auto Windows update in a few months time.
Well, I am downloading/installing SP2 on 2 PC's through Windows Update right now!
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#9
mon74
Thanks for the link, will try it tonite. ;)

:toast:
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#11
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: Jizzler
Wha?

In previous Windows, slipstreaming was nothing more than using the full offline package with a couple switches throw in at the end. EX: update -s:c:xp

I can't see them taking away that functionality from admins, techs, etc...
Well, yeah, they did. :nutkick: Pathetic, isn't it?
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#13
Polarman
Finally! :)

Downloading now.
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#14
gumpty
OK, I'm downloading this now via Window's Update, and the fucking thing is 567.3MB!!! :eek:

:nutkick:

What the fuck? I am totally up to date with all my updates prior to this - I can't believe it's so big. SP1 was only about 90MB if you were previously up to date.


EDIT: Just checked the link and the full version is only 10MB more than what I'm downloading. So I'm going to throw out a wild guess that MS haven't optimized the Windows Update download yet to take account of what old updates you have installed.
Time will tell what other people end up downloading via the auto update function.
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#15
a_ump
huh, i don't see Vista SP2 as an optional update in Windows live update
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#16
gumpty
by: a_ump
huh, i don't see Vista SP2 as an optional update in Windows live update
Click on 'Check for Updates' on the left.
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#17
a_ump
ah, i didn't have to do that, i just now got the new updates are ready.... pop up and sp2 was it. thx though
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#18
Triprift
by: VIPER
Well, I am downloading/installing SP2 on 2 PC's through Windows Update right now!
Much difference with it on that goes for anyone who has it now?
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#19
a_ump
well honestly i haven't noticed any difference. Things seems slightly more responsive, but not a big difference. And my download was only ~356mb for SP2, so i recon most people have the updates or bug fixes installed that are part of it, just not any of the OS tuning they might have done.

hm, shoulda done some tests like boot time and whatnot, or how long it takes for all my start-ups to complete in comparison to SP1. oh well either way, it's beneficial.
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#20
VIPER
by: Triprift
Much difference with it on that goes for anyone who has it now?
Nope, no difference on 2 PC's... Time will tell. Maybe is just me, but I think my boot time is longer now :twitch:
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#21
gumpty
by: a_ump
And my download was only ~356mb for SP2,
That'll be the difference between 32 & 64 bit versions then I guess.



BTW SP2 has killed my PC.

Set it to install and went to bed Watched it go through the motions fine but when it had finally completed it's thing and tried to start it failed. And Windows repair can't even fix it. :banghead:

EDIT: Third time's a charm. Restored back to SP1.
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#22
tigger
I'm the only one
I originally paid £86 for my vista.,but i lost my disc,so what do you think i did to get another copy? Sorry mailman,but i am only getting what i paid for.Its only piracy if you crack it.

Just a bunch of updates eh,i'll grab it anyway for future referance,even though i'm on win7 now.
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#23
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
There is no performance improvements with sp2... I think there was a thread a while back showing that if your a gamer you better stay way way far away from it.... if sp2 is installed can it be removed besides doing a fresh os install? :rolleyes:
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#24
a_ump
eh, i saw some reviews as well but that was in february, 4 months is a good bit of time to tune the SP more. Though i would like to see a comparison of SP1 to the SP2 they have right now, not the RC from february.
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#25
farlex85
by: VIPER
Nope, no difference on 2 PC's... Time will tell. Maybe is just me, but I think my boot time is longer now :twitch:
Vista's an odd one like that. After a while now I've come to the conclusion that it speeds itself up over time, and tends to slow down if adding SPs. I've noticed that on re-formatting things seem to slow down (sort of counter-intuitive to what I expect), and yeah I remember when I installed SP1 manually after my last re-format I was baffled at why things were moving so slowly (comparatively speaking). After a while though things picked up again, and I think it's now faster than ever. Vista is a good learner I think. Purely subjective though, I don't have any data to back that up.

At any rate Service Packs add to stability, but I wouldn't expect performance increases with them, regardless of the OS>
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