Desktop Software Operating Systems Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit)

Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit) Service Pack 2 RC for Windows

by Microsoft Corp.

Avg. Rating 3.6 (127 votes)

File Details

File Size 600.0 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows Vista
Date Added
Total Downloads 201,545
Publisher Microsoft Corp.
Homepage Microsoft Windows Vista
Other Versions

Publisher's Description

Windows Vista introduces a breakthrough user experience and is designed to help you feel confident in your ability to view, find, and organize information and to control your computing experience.

The visual sophistication of Windows Vista helps streamline your computing experience by refining common window elements so you can better focus on the content on the screen rather than on how to access it. The desktop experience is more informative, intuitive, and helpful. And new tools bring better clarity to the information on your computer, so you can see what your files contain without opening them, find applications and files instantly, navigate efficiently among open windows, and use wizards and dialog boxes more confidently.

Latest Reviews

trents

trents reviewed vService Pack 2 RC on Dec 2, 2010

HI,
Nice and thanks for the information...Cool...

ChesterField

ChesterField reviewed vService Pack 2 RC on Sep 15, 2010

Very Good

setauketjeff

setauketjeff reviewed vService Pack 2 RC on Jan 4, 2010

Vista 64 SP2 does not install on Dell Inspirons with Vista 64 Sp1. Dell has no Solution, and Microsoft claims that this is a Dell issue.

CA's Security Suite does not work (it will run - but doesn't supply virus eradication) for Vista 64.

Vista 64 is so screwed up, that even Microsoft's most valued partners can't get their software or hardware to work with it. But they won't say this in public, for fear of the "Wrath of Microsoft"

Microsoft's answer is to upgrade to Windows 7...... Which, by the way, has yet to prove suitable for general distribution.

bazerkerhawaiian

bazerkerhawaiian reviewed vService Pack 2 RC on Aug 8, 2009

Yes the O.S. has a lot of bling going for it. But as far as function forget it. I have been tring to get my ISATAP adapter to work again. As for the last two months ever since sp2 it sits with a yellow triangle and the worst part is, It belongs to Microsoft. I have contacted two different tech @ Microsoft about this. The emails that come back from Microsoft are upbeat and wanting to help. But when I send a reply my email are now blocked. I have even resubmitted the claim and the same thing happens, Not just one email address but with all my email. I will still get a note from a tech advising to get in touch when it is convienant for me.. HA HA the jokes on me. For anyone in Vista Hell, I advise you buy Advanced Vista Optimizer from Systweaks. No this is not a pitch, But my new laptop almost became a pitch in the trash tell I started using this product. I could write about how I hate vista all night. But I think I have made my self clear. Sorry spell check is down.. Love this vista

mikeindc

mikeindc reviewed vService Pack 2 RC on Jul 27, 2009

Well, SP2 killed the ability to print. I run Vista 64 bit and after installing SP2, I could no longer print to a Canon MX 850 over wither the network or USB. Reboots, reinstalling drivers, nothing helps. Restored OS to pre SP2 and everything works again. Guess SP2 will stay hidden for another year or so until they fix it.

Prospero424

Prospero424 reviewed vService Pack 2 RC on Mar 5, 2009

Good to see MS is releasing these publicly, but I think a lot of people don't understand who they're intended for.

Unless you're a beta tester, are testing the SP beta/RC in a controlled enterprise environment prior to widespread rollout, or you need it to fix a SPECIFIC bug/issue you know it will solve, just wait for the final.

There's absolutely no justification for installing the betas/RCs otherwise except perhaps for the sake of curiosity.

johnk119

johnk119 reviewed vService Pack 2 RC on Mar 4, 2009

I love vista... No common problems with rc sp2

reynaldok

reynaldok reviewed vService Pack 1 on Dec 5, 2008

This is a Service Pack (updates/bug fixes etc)
I've heard good things and so far no problems.
Microsoft doesn't recommend you install this on a anything but a test system.
That being said, i like the direction 64 bit Vista is headed.

flick3r88

flick3r88 reviewed vService Pack 1 on May 15, 2008

How should I install this OS??? I've downloaded an .exe file. It looks like an update... This is junk..! sucks!

maxstep

maxstep reviewed vService Pack 1 on Mar 18, 2008

I loved vista from the very beginning. But! Now I understand why some people were unpleased with vista vanilla. Vista sp1 is like a diferrent OS - so much faster, stable, etc. I did have all the separate pre-sp1 hotfixes, still sp1 makes a significant change. (I've been enjoying mine since feb, 5)

Avg. Rating 3.6 (127 votes)
Your Rating
trents

trents reviewed vService Pack 2 RC on Dec 2, 2010

HI,
Nice and thanks for the information...Cool...

ChesterField

ChesterField reviewed vService Pack 2 RC on Sep 15, 2010

Very Good

setauketjeff

setauketjeff reviewed vService Pack 2 RC on Jan 4, 2010

Vista 64 SP2 does not install on Dell Inspirons with Vista 64 Sp1. Dell has no Solution, and Microsoft claims that this is a Dell issue.

CA's Security Suite does not work (it will run - but doesn't supply virus eradication) for Vista 64.

Vista 64 is so screwed up, that even Microsoft's most valued partners can't get their software or hardware to work with it. But they won't say this in public, for fear of the "Wrath of Microsoft"

Microsoft's answer is to upgrade to Windows 7...... Which, by the way, has yet to prove suitable for general distribution.

bazerkerhawaiian

bazerkerhawaiian reviewed vService Pack 2 RC on Aug 8, 2009

Yes the O.S. has a lot of bling going for it. But as far as function forget it. I have been tring to get my ISATAP adapter to work again. As for the last two months ever since sp2 it sits with a yellow triangle and the worst part is, It belongs to Microsoft. I have contacted two different tech @ Microsoft about this. The emails that come back from Microsoft are upbeat and wanting to help. But when I send a reply my email are now blocked. I have even resubmitted the claim and the same thing happens, Not just one email address but with all my email. I will still get a note from a tech advising to get in touch when it is convienant for me.. HA HA the jokes on me. For anyone in Vista Hell, I advise you buy Advanced Vista Optimizer from Systweaks. No this is not a pitch, But my new laptop almost became a pitch in the trash tell I started using this product. I could write about how I hate vista all night. But I think I have made my self clear. Sorry spell check is down.. Love this vista

mikeindc

mikeindc reviewed vService Pack 2 RC on Jul 27, 2009

Well, SP2 killed the ability to print. I run Vista 64 bit and after installing SP2, I could no longer print to a Canon MX 850 over wither the network or USB. Reboots, reinstalling drivers, nothing helps. Restored OS to pre SP2 and everything works again. Guess SP2 will stay hidden for another year or so until they fix it.

Prospero424

Prospero424 reviewed vService Pack 2 RC on Mar 5, 2009

Good to see MS is releasing these publicly, but I think a lot of people don't understand who they're intended for.

Unless you're a beta tester, are testing the SP beta/RC in a controlled enterprise environment prior to widespread rollout, or you need it to fix a SPECIFIC bug/issue you know it will solve, just wait for the final.

There's absolutely no justification for installing the betas/RCs otherwise except perhaps for the sake of curiosity.

johnk119

johnk119 reviewed vService Pack 2 RC on Mar 4, 2009

I love vista... No common problems with rc sp2

reynaldok

reynaldok reviewed vService Pack 1 on Dec 5, 2008

This is a Service Pack (updates/bug fixes etc)
I've heard good things and so far no problems.
Microsoft doesn't recommend you install this on a anything but a test system.
That being said, i like the direction 64 bit Vista is headed.

flick3r88

flick3r88 reviewed vService Pack 1 on May 15, 2008

How should I install this OS??? I've downloaded an .exe file. It looks like an update... This is junk..! sucks!

maxstep

maxstep reviewed vService Pack 1 on Mar 18, 2008

I loved vista from the very beginning. But! Now I understand why some people were unpleased with vista vanilla. Vista sp1 is like a diferrent OS - so much faster, stable, etc. I did have all the separate pre-sp1 hotfixes, still sp1 makes a significant change. (I've been enjoying mine since feb, 5)

jesphoto

jesphoto reviewed vRC2 Build 5744 on Oct 26, 2006

I have RC1. I purchased from Microsoft the beta and got on 2 dvd's. One 32 and one 64. I have Pavilon dv9008nr and allmost everything works.The video driver comeon dist and sound and wireless.
The HP it is lagging with relise 64 bit support. The base drivers do not work. I tryied to download the CR2 , but no luck. When goest to speed -photoshop7 operate twice faster and other graphic programs. Even my canon i9900 printer it is supported. I love 64 Vista.Just wish that HP will stop dragging the base drivers.
The link to download for CR2 do not work.

Ulmo

Ulmo reviewed vRC2 Build 5744 on Oct 8, 2006

No driver issue.
32bit apps are ok.
Performance ok with a little turion 64.
Participate to X86 extermination with us, thanks.

Practice

Practice reviewed vRC2 Build 5744 on Oct 7, 2006

If you have a 64-bit CPU, then you should use 64-bit Vista.
64-bit XP wasn't a mainstream OS, so people are now a little hesitant to go 64-bit Vista.

Zackajaweea

Zackajaweea reviewed vRC2 Build 5744 on Oct 7, 2006

Why do people keep saying not to run x64. I have installed x64 on plenty of computers with little to no driver issues. It even sees my ATI HDTV all-in-wonder. It runs faster and is more secure.

This must be due to ignorance of a product. Why don't you try it? I am not kidding when I say, I run it on multiple machines:
HP Laptop
Toshiba Laptop
2 HP machines
1 Generic
Dell XPS

photonboy

photonboy reviewed vRC2 Build 5744 on Oct 7, 2006

***Update***
Two points:
1) Unfortunately, my comment regarding Microsoft selling 32-bit and 64-bit together wasn't quite true. The confusion stems from the fact that Microsoft is shipping every Vista version on the same disc, however the license will dictate.
2) It is still recommended that people stick with 32-bit Vista. You can google for the Paul Thurrott site or easily google for "64-bit Vista" and find lots of information on the current state of drivers for 64-bit Vista. Also important is that many programs (including games) use a 16-bit piece of software as part of the installation that 64-bit Vista no longer supports.
3) Benchmarking shows no advantage even for software written for 64-bit.
4) However, 64-bit will eventually replace 32-bit so what to do? I've decided to purchase Vista OEM 64-bit and dual-boot it alongside my 32-bit XP.

My advice to XP users is to hold off for a while. In fact, DirectX 10 for gaming may be the only really important reason for gamers to upgrade. Most games' FPS's (Frames Per Second) are around 85% running under Vista but approximately 95% is expected.

Previous comment:

"Nobody should be using 64-bit Vista unless you are coding for it.

There is even less 64-bit support by other software and drivers for Vista than there is in XP. I would not install 64-bit Vista until at least 2008 likely but simply writing down your apps and drivers and checking how the support is every two months (starting 2007) is a good way to go.

Luckily, 32-bit and 64-bit Vista is sold together (maybe even on the same disc), so the painful decision of which version to get is gone. I don't think you can upgrade directly from Vista x86 to Vista x64 but it would be nice. (hopefully they'll make it happen in 2008)"

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