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Things to Know About Windows Server 2008/Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)


If you have any beta versions of SP2 installed, they must be un-installed prior to installing.

  • 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 KB94846.

You must have a genuine copy of Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows Vista with SP1 installed on the computer prior to installing SP2.

  • Windows Server 2008 released with the SP1 code included
  • SP2 is the first post-release Service Pack for Windows Server 2008


If “vLite” was used to customize your Windows Vista installation, you may have removed required system components which prevent Service Pack 2 from installing. See KB 968279 for additional details before installing Service Pack 2.

Beta versions of Windows Server 2008 SP2/Windows Vista SP2 are time-limited software that will operate until June 1, 2010.  If you installed any beta versions of Windows Server 2008 SP2/Windows Vista SP2 it is highly recommended that you uninstall them before June 1, 2010.