Microsoft Windows Vista SP2 is an update to Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 that addresses feedback from our customers and ongoing engineering process. In addition to previously released updates, SP2 will contain changes focused on addressing specific reliability, performance, and compatibility issues, supporting new types of hardware, and adding support for several emerging standards. SP2 will also continue to make it easier for IT administrators to deploy and manage Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
Date of Release: January 29, 2009
Format: Exe (as supplied by Microsoft).
Standalone Installers 32bit
This is the standalone update package to update your Windows Vista SP1 installation.
.(This is what you want to download if you are going to install it over SP1!)
This is the standalone update package to update your Windows Vista SP1 installation. This SP2 Build 6002.16659.090114-1728 release is presented by Team WinBeta. This 0-day release was facilitated thru the FTP servers of Avaxhome fanatic Kalayaan.
Here's what Computerworld has told us:
January 29, 2009 (Computerworld) -- Microsoft Corp. has delivered a preliminary release candidate for Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) to testers and is again on track to offer another public preview next month, according to several reports on the Web.
Just last week, a Malaysian Web site, TechARP, claimed that Vista SP2 had been pushed back a month. Yesterday, however, TechARP, which has accurately predicted Windows delivery dates in the past, revised its estimate, saying that Microsoft had "brought forward their release schedule" and would be issuing an "escrow" build no later than Friday.
Yesterday, reports surfaced that testers had been told by Microsoft that the escrow build of Vista SP2's release candidate was available for downloading. ZDNet blogger Mary-Jo Foley, for example, cited a section of the e-mail notification, which told testers that the company was not interested in feature feedback, but only reports on "SP2 regressions and confirmation of fixes we've made."
An "escrow" build is a version on which development has stopped but that is handed to developers and testers, who are asked to shake out the code one final time to make sure there are no show-stopping bugs.
TechARP's revised timetable claims that Microsoft will deliver a full-fledged release candidate to the public during the week of Feb. 16-20, not in March as the site said last week. That will be followed by a release-to-manufacturing (RTM) build sometime in the first half of the second calendar quarter -- in other words, before mid-May.
Previously, TechARP had said Vista SP2 would reach RTM -- a milestone at which the service pack is officially finished, and sent to computer makers and duplicators for retail copies -- as late as June.
Vista SP2 will be released for download from the Web at an undetermined date after Microsoft slaps the RTM label on the service pack. In the past, Microsoft has waited to post service packs anywhere from just two weeks after RTM to more than six weeks after.
But with the recent appearance of the first public beta of Windows 7, the follow-up to Vista, already in users' hands, some have dismissed Vista SP2 as irrelevant.
"Who cares now with Windows 7?" asked a user identified as Luis Mazza on a message thread discussing Vista SP2 at the Windows enthusiast Web site, Neowin.net.
"I could care less as I just got rid of Vista and I'm now only running 7 beta," added "smooth3006" on the same thread.
One analyst, however, disagreed.
"Service packs always matter," said Michael Cherry, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft, a research firm. "Because service packs make it more efficient to update PCs, they increase the chances that people do deploy fixes and patches."
Microsoft has previously declined to comment on TechARPs Vista SP2 schedule, and has instead reiterated its general timetable for delivering Windows Vista SP2 sometime in the second quarter of 2009. (http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=knowledge_center&articleId=9126992&taxonomyId=1&intsrc=kc_top)
**This is the standalone update package to update your Windows Vista SP1 installation.
2.Install on your Windows Vista SP1 installation.