Vista SP2: Microsoft to push via Windows Update in 'the coming weeks'

Summary:Microsoft still isn't saying anything more about why Vista SP2 still isn't available yet on the Microsoft Download site, but company officials are telling customers that Microsoft will push SP2 automatically via Windows Update "in the coming weeks."

Microsoft still isn't saying anything more about why Vista SP2 still isn't available yet on the Microsoft Download site, but company officials are telling customers that Microsoft will push SP2 automatically via Windows Update "in the coming weeks."

A couple of days ago, I wondered aloud why Microsoft still had yet to provide anyone other than MSDN and TechNet subscribers with Vista Service Pack (SP) 2.

Microsoft released to manufacturing Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 on April 29. Microsoft made SP2 available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers over the past couple of weeks. Company officials have said that Microsoft plans to make SP2 generally available in the second calendar quarter of this year.

In a May 20 posting to the Microsoft Update Team Blog, Microsoft officials said SP2 for Windows Client and Server will be "available in the coming weeks on the Download Center (DLC) and also through Windows Update and WSUS (Windows Server Update Services)."

Business users who aren't ready for SP2 to be deployed automatically to their machines can use the Microsoft Service Pack blocking tool to postpone the SP2 update from being deployed to their PCs and servers.

Update: There's seemingly official word over on TechNet as to the due date for SP2:

"Microsoft will release Windows Vista SP2 to the Download Center and through Windows Update on May 26, 2009. Automatic Updates are scheduled to begin on June 30, 2009."

Thanks to Nick Clark who found the Vista SP2 due-date information and blogged about it on May 22.

Topics: Windows, Microsoft

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