UPDATE: Service Pack 2 final for Vista has officially been released and is available for download. You can get it via Windows Update or by manually downloading SP2 from Microsoft and then installing it.
Only few hours left for the official release of Service Pack 2 for the Windows Vista. Windows Vista lovers who can’t wait for the official release of the SP2 are trying every possible trick out there to download SP2 before the public availability. If you are lucky enough to have MSDN and TechNet subscription, you can download it right now without any hassles as SP2 is available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers since December 2nd.
The second Service Pack for Vista includes all the updates that have been released for Vista since the release of the first Service Pack.
Get Vista SP2 right away
If you can’t wait for few more hours, I have a good old trick which works for Service Pack 2 download as well. I had earlier blogged Download Vista SP2 (build 16489) back in October. The latest build is 16497 and can be downloaded by running a small (.bat) file.
Step 1: Download the (.bat) file from here.
Step 2: Now, right-click on it and select Run as Administrator.
Step 3: Next, open Windows Update, and check for updates. Windows will show “Vista SP2 Build 16497” in available updates.
Step 4: Now, click “Install updates” and wait for few minutes to finish the updating process.
If everything goes fine, your Vista SP2 should be ready for use now.
As SP2 is in beta stage, it’s better to create a restore point or back up to avoid future problems.
Note: Make sure you enough free space on your Vista drive before starting the update process. Also, you need to have SP1 installed to be able to get the SP2. If not, please download and install the SP1 first. To check if the SP1 is installed, right-click on My Computer and then click the Properties option. If SP1 is installed, you will see SP1 mentioned in the Windows Edition section.