Microsoft Releases Stand-Alone Installers for Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2009-05-26 Print this article Print

Microsoft releases stand-alone installers for Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008, and posts a workaround for those who use the installation tool vLite and have trouble updating to Vista SP2. Microsoft Windows 7 represents a major comeback hope for the software company after the relative failure of Vista.

Microsoft has made available stand-alone installers for Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008, available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Updates include native support for Blu-ray burning and refinements to the Wi-Fi configuration.

The Vista SP2 installation requires that the user already have Vista SP1. The release features support for five languages: English, German, Spanish, French and Japanese. The download site can be found here; those wanting an installation for x64-based systems can find the site here.  

Microsoft has also advised that anyone using the installation tool vLite for Vista should rely on a workaround, found here, when installing Vista SP2. Apparently vLite has a nasty habit of accidentally deleting files needed for SP2 installation.

Microsoft also issued a clarification about Windows 7 on May 26.

"Over the weekend, some of you may have received an e-mail from us reminding you that the Windows 7 Beta expires on Aug. 1, 2009," Brandon LeBlanc, a spokesperson for Microsoft, wrote on the official Windows blog. "The Windows 7 Beta does expire on Aug. 1, 2009; unfortunately, the date for when the bi-hourly shutdowns will begin for the Windows 7 Beta was incorrect."

The bi-hourly shutdowns, which make the PC stop running every 2 hours unless a version of the program that has not expired is installed, will begin on July 1, rather than the previously reported June 1.

The Windows 7 Release Candidate, which will be available through at least June 2009 and expire on June 1, 2010, will experience the bi-hourly shutdowns beginning on March 1, 2010. Microsoft, hungry for an operating system success, has focused on updating each new version of Windows 7 with a variety of patches and fixes.

For the fiscal third quarter ended March 31, Microsoft reported a 6.5 percent year-over-year decline in revenues, its first-ever quarterly revenue decline.

Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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