Windows Vista with SP1 on TechNet and MSDN

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You didn’t download Service Pack 1 for Vista already? Just stop right there! If you want to reinstall your Vista machine, just download the Windows Vista with SP1 ISO file and you don’t have to install SP1 afterwards!

Ohw…yeah…you can only do that if you have a TechNet or MSDN Subscription 🙂

Windows Vista SP1 Available For Technical People Soon

Today Mika Nash announced on the Windowsvistablog that SP1 will become available to Technical People before the end of the month (february it is).

I quote from Windowsvistablog.com:

We’ve heard the feedback and I want to update you on our plans and progress for making SP1 available to our beta participants, our Volume Licensing customers, and our MSDN/TechNet Plus subscribers:

  • Late Friday we made SP1 RTM available to individuals and companies who participated in the SP1 beta program
  • At the end of this week we will be making the English version of Windows Vista SP1 available to Volume Licensing customers.  Other languages will follow soon after
  • Later this month, SP1 will be available to MSDN and TechNet Plus subscribers

For broad availability, we are still planning to release in mid-March, since we want to be sure that everyone has the smoothest experience possible.

I want to be super-clear on one point:  Windows Vista SP1 is final.  It has been fully released to manufacturing and we do not plan to make any changes to the SP1 code prior to public availability.  We are confident in the quality of Windows Vista SP1 and know that it will help improve our customers’ experiences with Windows Vista.

Our goal here is to address the needs of our customers while delivering the best experience.  Please keep the comments coming.  We are listening!

– Mike

Windows Vista SP1 goes RTM

Windows Vista SP1 goes RTM

Just announced : Windows Vista SP1 goes RTM today(just the first set of languages : English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese)!

When can you download it? Just check the following timingtable :

  • In mid-March, we will release Windows Vista SP1 to Windows Update (in English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese) and to the download center on microsoft.com.  Customers who visit Windows Update can choose to install Service Pack 1.  If Windows Update determines that the system has one of the drivers we know to be problematic, then Windows Update will not offer SP1.  Since we know that some customers may want to update to SP1 anyhow, the download center will allow anyone who wants to install SP1 to do so.
  • In mid-April, we will begin delivering Windows Vista SP1 to Windows Vista customers who have chosen to have updates downloaded automatically.  That said, any system that Windows Update determines has a driver known to not update successfully will not get SP1 automatically.  As updates for these drivers become available, they will be installed automatically by Windows Update, which will unblock these systems from getting Service Pack 1.  The result is that more and more systems will automatically get SP1, but only when we are confident they will have a good experience.
  • The remaining languages will RTM in April.

Read the complete story on the Windows Vista blog.

Windows Vista SP1 RC1 Is Installing

It took me about 4 reboots before the update mentioned above showed! But finally I can install Vista SP1 RC1!

I’m curious if this RC1 release fixes some issues I still have with my Windows Vista Media Center (Live TV). Because my Live TV functionality is still not working 100%! When I’m done installing I will give you guys an update!

Windows SP1 RC1 available via Windows Update

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As announced earlier today Microsoft has released Windows Vista SP1 RC1 to the TechNet and MSDN Subscribers. It will be available to the public within a week. Don’t wanna wait? Just download the patch below (read the enclosed document) and install it now!

There are three ways to install the Service Pack :

  • Windows SP1 RC1 DVD
  • Windows SP1 RC1 Downloadable Executable
  • Through Windows Update (via the patch you can download below)

The last option is by downloading a simple batch file which will set a few registry keys and then let Windows Update check for new updates.
It’s just the same way you installed Windows Vista SP1 Beta. You can also wait a week : Service Pack 1 RC1 will become available to the public in about a week from now via the Microsoft Download Center.

REMEMBER : You have to uninstall previous version of ServicePack 1 before installing this one! Read the enclosed document first!!

Download the ‘Windows SP1 RC1 via Windows Update’-patch (uploaded it to my own server so it’s not a cumbersome to download, thnx 4sysops)
Download the ‘Windows SP1 RC1 via Windows Update’-patch from the Microsoft Download Center

Install the SP1 RC1 at your own risk!! I’m not responsible if your system stops responding!

For the people who don’t want to install SP1 (when it comes available) via Windows update there is a service pack blocker tool available.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 (32bit) VHD

This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you to evaluate Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1.

This download enables you to evaluate Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1. Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is designed to reduce the growing cost and complexity of managing a corporate messaging system by providing more control for IT administrators, more value and expanded inbox access for end users, and increased security and compliance for the organization as a whole.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 provides built-in protection technologies to help keep the e-mail system up and running and better protected from outside threats while allowing employees to work from wherever they are using a variety of clients including Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Web Access, and mobile devices. Exchange Server 2007 SP1 makes it easier for IT to deliver these new capabilities to their organizations by making the messaging environment easier to manage and more cost efficient.

Download Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 VHD

Windows Vista SP1 RC Available tomorrow

 

On the Windows Vista blog we can read that Microsoft made the release candidate (RC) of Windows Vista SP1 available via Microsoft Connect. Tomorrow it will be made available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers!

The next week RC will become available public via Microsoft’s Download Center.

Quote from the Vista Blog :

Let me call out several changes made since the Beta release of Service Pack 1 — many of which came about as a result of direct feedback from our Beta-testing community (thank you!):

  • The size of the standalone installers have decreased significantly. For example, the standalone installer packages consisting of all 36 languages (x86 and x64 chip architectures) are smaller by over 50%. The standalone installer packages consisting of just the 5 languages (again, x86 and x64) slated for initial release are more than 30% smaller in size.
  • The required amount of disc space for SP1 installation has also decreased significantly. Furthermore, with the RC, if more space is required to install SP1, an error message will now display exactly how much space is needed to complete the installation.
  • Previous SP1 versions left behind a directory of files that wasn’t needed after installation and occupied about 1GB of space; the RC includes automatic disk clean-up to remove this directory.
  • Installation reliability has been improved based on bug reports and error codes reported from Windows Update (thanks, Beta testers!). Testing shows that these improvements have significantly increased the proportion of successful installations of the RC.
  • We’ve improved the user experience of installing SP1 via Windows Update. During the Beta release, users installed without much guidance from Windows Update. The RC now contains a series of screens with detailed information on SP1.

We also have information to share with IT professionals and system administrators regarding final plans for SP1:  we’re on track to complete and release SP1 in the first quarter of 2008.  When SP1 is complete and we reach our release to manufacturing (RTM) milestone, then shortly after the standalone installer will be released to the Web in two waves.  The first wave will consist of the standalone installer (x86 and x64) for the 5 initial languages — English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese.  These languages will be deployed shortly after the RTM milestone.  The second wave will launch 8-12 weeks after the first and will consist of all remaining languages, for both chip architectures (x86 and x64).

For administrators managing Windows Vista PCs configured to use Windows Update but not wishing to deploy SP1 upon its release, we have a “blocker patch” that will prevent installation of SP1.  Information on the blocker patch can be found here starting tomorrow: http://technet.microsoft.com/windowsvista/bb927794.

If you’re not familiar with SP1, you can find more information in this whitepaper.  We built Windows Vista SP1 to address specific reliability and performance issues and also to support new types of hardware and several emerging standards.  Further, SP1 is designed to make it easier for IT administrators to deploy and manage Windows Vista.  Of course, those of you familiar with SP1 already know that some of SP1’s improvements are already available via Windows Update.

A reminder to anyone installing the SP1 RC bits: you will need to uninstall the release candidate of SP1 before you can install a later version.

And, we announced two updates to the WGA program yesterday:  the first addresses two exploits to the activation process while the second adjusts how Windows differentiates between the genuine and non-genuine Windows Vista experience.  More information can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2007/dec07/12-03wga.mspx.

Related to this post : Windows Server 2008 RC1 is available for download

HOW-TO: Install Windows Vista SP1 Beta

Some people don’t install Windows Vista before SP1 is available, but (too bad) SP1 isn’t available to the public yet). Today there was a patch posted with you can install SP1 through Windows Update!

Just follow the next steps to install SP1 :

Download Service Pack 1 through Windows Update :

  1. Download Windows Vista Service Pack and unpack it on your machine.
  2. Run SP1Beta_Hack.cmd with adminpriveleges, after you run the cmd you should see update KB935509 at Windows Update.
  3. install the update (KB935509) and restart your machine after you installed the update succesful.
  4. Run Windows Update again. You should see update KB937287 in the list.
  5. Install this update (KB937287) and restart your machine again.
  6. Run Windows Update for the 3rd time. Now you should see update KB938371.
  7. Install this update (KB938371) and restart your pc (again).
  8. Finally you should run Windows Update again and you should see Service Pack 1 Beta for Microsoft Windows Vista (screenshot below).
  9. Install SP1 and restart your pc for the last time.

Windows Vista SP1 Beta Windows Update #2

Verwijder het Evaluation Copy bericht:

  1. Run watermark_fix.reg.
  2. Rename user32.dll.mui to user32.dll.mui.old (you can find the file at c:WindowsSystem32en-US).
  3. Copy user32.dll.mui from the zipfile to the location mentioned above.
  4. Restart Windows Vista

Just for the record : I don’t take any responsabillity for the correct installation of SP1. SP1 is only available on the English, German or Japanese version of Windows Vista. If SP1 finds another language (and you can’t uninstall it) you’re unable to install SP1.