Beta 2 of Vista SP2 now available to anyone

Posted: 12-05-2008, 09:05 PM
In late October, Microsoft gave its beta testers the first beta build of
Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

On Tuesday, the company pushed out a later build to MSDN and TechNet
subscribers.
The five languages currently supported are English, German, French, Spanish,
and Japanese, in both 32- and 64-bit flavors.

Today, the company has made this SP2 build available to the public on the
Microsoft Download Center: for Vista and Server 2008 32-bit (388MB ), for
Vista and Server 2008 64-bit (614MB ), and for Server 2008 ia64 (416MB ).
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Beta 2 of Vista SP2 now available to anyone


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Victek
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Re: Beta 2 of Vista SP2 now available to anyone
Posted: 12-05-2008, 09:52 PM
> In late October, Microsoft gave its beta testers the first beta build of
> Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
>
> On Tuesday, the company pushed out a later build to MSDN and TechNet
> subscribers.
> The five languages currently supported are English, German, French,
> Spanish,
> and Japanese, in both 32- and 64-bit flavors.
>
> Today, the company has made this SP2 build available to the public on the
> Microsoft Download Center: for Vista and Server 2008 32-bit (388MB ), for
> Vista and Server 2008 64-bit (614MB ), and for Server 2008 ia64 (416MB ).
> -=-
>
I'm curious, but there are two important questions to be answered:
1. Can this beta SP be uninstalled?
2. Will it be possible to install the final SP2 over the beta?

John Barnett MVP
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Re: Beta 2 of Vista SP2 now available to anyone
Posted: 12-05-2008, 09:54 PM
Just be aware that it is 'Beta' software and can cause unexpected problems.
I haven't had any 'major' problems with the service pack, but I would
suggest you 'do not' install it on your main production machine; use a test
machine wherever possible or leave well alone.

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"Engel" <Engel@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:772D1290-808B-46A5-9103-9134EAE75AB2@microsoft.com...
> In late October, Microsoft gave its beta testers the first beta build of
> Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
>
> On Tuesday, the company pushed out a later build to MSDN and TechNet
> subscribers.
> The five languages currently supported are English, German, French,
> Spanish,
> and Japanese, in both 32- and 64-bit flavors.
>
> Today, the company has made this SP2 build available to the public on the
> Microsoft Download Center: for Vista and Server 2008 32-bit (388MB ), for
> Vista and Server 2008 64-bit (614MB ), and for Server 2008 ia64 (416MB ).
> -=-
>
Engel
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Re: Beta 2 of Vista SP2 now available to anyone
Posted: 12-06-2008, 01:59 AM
Hello Victek,

FQA and more here:

<http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dd262148.aspx>
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"Victek" wrote:
> > In late October, Microsoft gave its beta testers the first beta build of
> > Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
> >
> > On Tuesday, the company pushed out a later build to MSDN and TechNet
> > subscribers.
> > The five languages currently supported are English, German, French,
> > Spanish,
> > and Japanese, in both 32- and 64-bit flavors.
> >
> > Today, the company has made this SP2 build available to the public on the
> > Microsoft Download Center: for Vista and Server 2008 32-bit (388MB ), for
> > Vista and Server 2008 64-bit (614MB ), and for Server 2008 ia64 (416MB ).
> > -=-
> >
> I'm curious, but there are two important questions to be answered:
> 1. Can this beta SP be uninstalled?
> 2. Will it be possible to install the final SP2 over the beta?
>
Victek
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Re: Beta 2 of Vista SP2 now available to anyone
Posted: 12-06-2008, 03:10 AM
> Hello Victek,
>
> FQA and more here:
>
> <http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dd262148.aspx>
> -=-
Thanks, I appreciate it!
f/fgeorge
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Re: Beta 2 of Vista SP2 now available to anyone
Posted: 12-06-2008, 01:48 PM
On Fri, 5 Dec 2008 13:52:54 -0800, "Victek" <Victek@invalid.invalid>
wrote:
>> In late October, Microsoft gave its beta testers the first beta build of
>> Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
>>
>> On Tuesday, the company pushed out a later build to MSDN and TechNet
>> subscribers.
>> The five languages currently supported are English, German, French,
>> Spanish,
>> and Japanese, in both 32- and 64-bit flavors.
>>
>> Today, the company has made this SP2 build available to the public on the
>> Microsoft Download Center: for Vista and Server 2008 32-bit (388MB ), for
>> Vista and Server 2008 64-bit (614MB ), and for Server 2008 ia64 (416MB ).
>> -=-
>>
>I'm curious, but there are two important questions to be answered:
>1. Can this beta SP be uninstalled?
>2. Will it be possible to install the final SP2 over the beta?
#1...normally yes, but there HAVE been instances where it would not
uninstall, forcing the user to reinstall Windows, sometimes from
scratch.

#2...not normally and according to the FAQ's not this time either.
John Barnett MVP
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Re: Beta 2 of Vista SP2 now available to anyone
Posted: 12-06-2008, 03:13 PM
If you are planning on installing the SP2 beta then my advise would be to
image your hard drive (using something like Acronis True Image 2009). As a
beta tester this is something I always do before installing 'any' beta
software. If anything goes wrong, then you can easily revert back to an
earlier version via the image you created.

As I have said in my previous post, it is far better to use beta software on
a test machine (again something that I already do), but I know many users
don't have access to another machine simply for beta testing products;
therefore it is extremely important that you have an image of your hard
drive to go back to when, either you finish testing SP2 or if problems occur
that cannot immediately be corrected.

Beta software is not always stable, so it is better to play safe.

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"Victek" <Victek@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
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>> In late October, Microsoft gave its beta testers the first beta build of
>> Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
>>
>> On Tuesday, the company pushed out a later build to MSDN and TechNet
>> subscribers.
>> The five languages currently supported are English, German, French,
>> Spanish,
>> and Japanese, in both 32- and 64-bit flavors.
>>
>> Today, the company has made this SP2 build available to the public on the
>> Microsoft Download Center: for Vista and Server 2008 32-bit (388MB ), for
>> Vista and Server 2008 64-bit (614MB ), and for Server 2008 ia64 (416MB ).
>> -=-
>>
> I'm curious, but there are two important questions to be answered:
> 1. Can this beta SP be uninstalled?
> 2. Will it be possible to install the final SP2 over the beta?
Harry
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Re: Beta 2 of Vista SP2 now available to anyone
Posted: 12-06-2008, 05:39 PM

"Engel" <Engel@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> In late October, Microsoft gave its beta testers the first beta build of
> Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
>
> On Tuesday, the company pushed out a later build to MSDN and TechNet
> subscribers.
> The five languages currently supported are English, German, French,
> Spanish,
> and Japanese, in both 32- and 64-bit flavors.
>
> Today, the company has made this SP2 build available to the public on the
> Microsoft Download Center: for Vista and Server 2008 32-bit (388MB ), for
> Vista and Server 2008 64-bit (614MB ), and for Server 2008 ia64 (416MB ).
> -=-
Any noticable improvements after the installation?
Harry (Netherlands)

.Joe
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Re: Beta 2 of Vista SP2 now available to anyone
Posted: 12-06-2008, 06:00 PM

Caveat Emptor.

I installed SP2 Beta. Initially had smooth operation. Then I went to do
a full system backup and encountered serious errors. I conducted an
uninstall and a system restore, afterwhich I nearly lost my OS. I'll
definately be waiting until the final public release is made. I've been
lucky with betas in the past. But not this time.


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Re: Beta 2 of Vista SP2 now available to anyone
Posted: 12-06-2008, 07:32 PM
I haven't had any issues, Joe but your experience makes my point even more
valid. Either use it on a test machine or don't install it until final
release.

We all like to see what's new in any operating system but when it comes to
beta software, in many cases, the problems far out way the advantages of
being able to boast 'I have SP2 or Windows 7 on my system.'

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".Joe" <guest@unknown-email.com> wrote in message
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>
> Caveat Emptor.
>
> I installed SP2 Beta. Initially had smooth operation. Then I went to do
> a full system backup and encountered serious errors. I conducted an
> uninstall and a system restore, afterwhich I nearly lost my OS. I'll
> definately be waiting until the final public release is made. I've been
> lucky with betas in the past. But not this time.
>
>
> --
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> http://uswave.net/vistax64/joetmvx64.png]
> (\"http://uswave.net/vistax64/joetmvx64.png\")_
> _*::Vista_Forums::* (\"http://www.vistax64.com/\")_
> 'Geekbench Score: 4031'
> (http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/view/51273)
> _CPU-Z (\"http://valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc.php?id=345866\")_
 
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