Just Released!! Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 RC


On March 4th the Release Candidate build (16670) was released to our CPP participants for testing.  If you have the prior version of Service Pack 2 installed (Beta build 16497) you will need to un-install it before installing the newer RC build(16670) from the links below.


Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Release Candidate is an update to Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.


If you have a prior version of SP2 installed, it must be un-installed prior to installing RC

  • Use the Control Panel applet “Programs and Features” and select “View installed updates” from the top left of the task pane, under Windows, look for KB948465

You must have a genuine copy of Windows Server 2008 with SP1 or Windows Vista with SP1 installed on the computer prior to installing SP2

  • Windows Server 2008 released with the Service Pack 1 code included
  • SP2 is the first post-release Service Pack for Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008/Windows Vista SP2 is applicable and recommended to individuals, organizations, and technical enthusiasts who are comfortable evaluating pre-release software
  • This pre-release software is provided for testing purposes only
  • We do not recommend installing this software on primary, production or mission critical systems
  • We recommend that you have a backup of your data prior to installing any pre-release software
  • If “vLite” was used to customize your Windows Vista installation, you may have removed required system components which prevent Service Pack 2 from installing; if you wish to install SP2, a reinstall of SP1 without vLite is recommended
Service Pack Information
  • SP2 RC is pre-release code which will change before the final release of SP2
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2/Windows Vista SP2 RC is time-limited software that will operate until June 1st, 2010 - Un-install Windows Server 2008 SP2/Windows Vista SP2 RC before June 1st, 2010
    • After SP2 installation your desktop may display the text “Evaluation Copy”. This does not mean that your system is no longer “Genuine”, only that you have installed a test version of software which is time-limited
    • After installing the service pack, the “Evaluation Copy” text may show up on the 2nd boot
    • After un-installing the services pack, the "Evaluation Copy" text may remain during the first boot, but will disappear after the next reboot
  • Starting any Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Vista SP2 installations will result in Microsoft collecting information about the installation process

Download SP2 Release Candidate