Windows Vista and Server 2008 SP2 Beta Invites Sent Out

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  1. InsaneNutter

    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    This just arrived in my inbox a few minutes ago:

     
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    Just like with Windows Vista SP1 it is possible to install a pre-beta of Vista SP2 via Windows Update by modifying the registry. Save the following into a .bat file and run it as administrator:

    Code:
    
    @echo off
    
    reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\VistaSp2 /f > NUL 2>&1
    reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\VistaSP2 /f > NUL 2>&1
    
    reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\VistaSp2 /v Beta1 /t REG_SZ /d C21A5C64-2530-CC19-042F-9ABDB4ED27F9 /f
    IF NOT %errorlevel% == 0 ( goto ERROR)
    
    :SUCCESS
    @echo.
    echo ================================================== =========
    echo Windows Vista SP2 registry keys successfully set.
    echo Please check for updates on Windows Update.
    echo ================================================== =========
    @echo.
    goto END
    
    :ERROR
    @echo.
    echo ================================================== =========
    echo ERROR setting the Windows Vista SP2 registry keys
    echo Please run this script as Administrator (right-click, 'Run as Administrator').
    echo ================================================== =========
    @echo.
    goto END
    
    :END
    pause
    pause
    
    Checking for updates after running the .bat file will find and install the pre-beta of SP2.
     
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    Ahh, so If I do what you say above I will get SP2 aswell?
     
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    Yes you should do, remember though the service pack is a beta so you will have to un-install it when the final is released.

    I usually install them in a Virtual PC or an old pc if I want to play about with them.
     

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