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Windows 7: Announcing the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Customer Preview

02 Dec 2008   #1

Announcing the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Customer Preview

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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02 Dec 2008   #2

xp/vista/win7/win8/10 tech preview

hi z3r010 shoudnt this be in the vista forums

cheers brad
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02 Dec 2008   #3


You just have to love that auto post rss feed
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02 Dec 2008   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello all.

I'm ready to buy a full retail edition of 64-bit Ultimate; this is all I'm waiting for. I sure hope they get on with it.

Thanks for letting this article stay posted.

Later Ted
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04 Dec 2008   #5

Vista Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x86

The public download is available here :

GL :)
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05 Dec 2008   #6


Yeah, interestingly enough it doesn't ask for a sign up - it just allows you to go straight to DL.

I got the DVD since I do both x86 and x64 systems....
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05 Dec 2008   #7

Windows 7 RC

You'll find this link interesting. Microsoft site, all the trimmings, including stand alone download links for Vista SP2 (no evaluation nag on your main screen ):

Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Vista SP2 Beta

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07 Dec 2008   #8


That is the link I downloaded the DVD from for both x86 and x86-64 machines.
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