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Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) - Installation Tips

WARNING: Uninstall any beta applications before installing any service pack as they may be locked in place in the process which would mean a format and reinstallation of Windows should you need to get rid  of them.

Support has ended for Vista with SP1 and under.  See this Microsoft link:

How to obtain the latest Vista Service Pack:

Vista SP1, if not already onboard, should be installed first following the same principles laid out below.  The standalone download for that is HERE (x86) and for x64 - HERE(Change Country at bottom left if necessary)

Vista SP2 Standalone is HERE (x86) and for x64 - HERE.     (Change Country at bottom left if necessary)

Temporarily disable Anti-Virus (Real-Time Scanning) and Personal Firewall:

  • Open SecurityCenter by either  right-clicking or double-clicking the taskbar icon
  • Click Virus & Spyware Protection  then Real-Time Scanning and switch it off and set to 'Never'.
  • Then  go to Navigation (top right), then General Settings and Alerts and  click Access protection to expand it, turn it off by unchecking it and  click Apply.
  • Click Web and Email Protection
  • Click Firewall
  • Click turn Off and tell it to 'Never' turn back on (until you tell it to)

(Your computer may automatically reboot several times during the installation of SP2).

Information about Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista

Do not forget to re-enable Access Protection, VirusScan and Firewall.

Error message when you try to install Windows Vista Service Pack 2: "One or more system components that the service pack requires are missing"

How to obtain (Free) Windows Vista service pack support

How to Slipstream Vista SP2 to Create A New Installation DVD

Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 07/12/13 8:30:02 EST AM

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