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We can only complain and hope that someone hears ....... well Microsoft aint gonna listen are they?

I hope more people complain about this, because people likely are going to stop upgrading. :realmad:

(TBH, I may have to condemn Windows 7, this is bull, Microsoft, you seem to lately not care about advanced users.)

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Frequently Asked Questions: Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2


Are there any prerequisites for SP2?

You must have Windows Vista with SP1 or Windows Server 2008 installed on your computer before installing Service Pack 2. (Windows Server 2008 shipped with Service Pack 1 included.)

If you choose to install SP2 over Windows Update there will be one pre-required package to install, Servicing Stack Update (KB955430), before Windows Update offers you SP2.

The Servicing stack is the component that handles installation and removal of software updates, language packs, and optional windows features. This update is necessary to successfully install and uninstall the service pack; it also improves the performance and reliability of the service pack installation.


Why does the SP2 installation require SP1 be installed first?

There are a number of reasons for this, the primary one being the overall size of the standalone package for SP1. Having a cumulative SP2 that includes the updates from SP1 would have made the size too large. Furthermore, because SP2 is a single-servicing model, and since Windows Server already includes SP1, a cumulative SP2 would have meant a needlessly larger file for Server customers. Finally, in the consumer space the majority of customers have already installed SP1 over WU or will be doing so before SP2, so incorporating SP1 into a cumulative SP2 would take unnecessary time and bandwidth.


Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Deployment Guide


Obtain the installation files

Obtain the Windows Vista SP2 files by using one of the following methods:

Windows Update . Windows Update contains Windows Vista SP2, so Windows Vista SP2 will be installed automatically on computers that are set to receive automatic updates. However, before Windows Vista SP2 is installed, the user must accept the Microsoft Software License Terms.

Stand-alone package . You can download Windows Vista SP2 from the Microsoft Download Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=107075.

Integrated installation . Windows Vista SP2 is integrated into the Windows Vista SP2 installation DVD, and it is also available as part of the media kit for Volume License customers as well as TechNet and MSDN subscribers. You can create your own integrated installation images by installing Service Pack 2 on a Windows Vista computer and then capturing the image.


Scenario 3: Creating or updating a custom image

Use this installation method if you have an automated process for reproducing images.


Service Pack 1 must be installed before Service Pack 2 can be installed. These service packs must be installed online. They cannot be installed on an offline Windows image.


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