In late October Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 were made available to a small group of testers, which was eventually leaked to public. Now Microsoft has opened up the beta to a broader audience. Starting today, MSDN and TechNet subscribers will have access to the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 beta.
Please note that the new build is 16497. The build which was leaked in October was 16489.
Vista SP2 includes all of the updates that have been delivered since the release of Windows Vista SP1, and incorporates improvements discovered through automated feedback from the Customer Experience Improvement Program (where users voluntarily opt-in to sending Microsoft error reports from their systems). In addition to these updates, SP2 also includes support for new types of hardware and emerging standards that will grow in importance in the coming months.
For specific changes in Windows Vista SP2 - see this post on Windows Vista SP2 or check out the notable changes document.
If you don't have access to MSDN and TechNet, then download this .bat file. Running it will allow you to download SP2 beta through Microsoft Windows Update.
VstaSP2.zip 569bytes 1007 downloads
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Beta - Five Language Standalone (KB948465) Now Available!
Download (388.3 MB)
For those who can't download from Microsoft for any reason. Here are the mirrors:
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) Beta
System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista
It's better to use the patch for downloading SP2 directly through "Windows Update" because of the small size and better compatibility.
Edited by Razor VinT, 23 December 2008 - 06:10 PM.