Download Windows Vista SP2 Pre-Beta Via Windows Update




Here’s something all Vista fans are going to like. The next security update, Service Pack 2, that is still in pre-beta can now be downloaded from Windows Update with just a small registry hack.

A couple of weeks ago, few Microsoft beta testers were given Windows VIsta SP2 to download and try. You can now also download Vista SP2 directly from Windows update using the trick given below. This registry trick makes a small change in your registry so that Windows Update thinks you are one of the beta testers.

Download Windows Vista SP2 Pre-Beta Via Windows Update

Copy/paste the following code in Notepad, and save it as “update.bat” anywhere in your PC.

@echo off

reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurr entVersionWindowsUpdateVistaSp2 /f > NUL 2>&1
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodeMicrosoft WindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateVistaSP2 /f > NUL 2>&1

reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurr entVersionWindowsUpdateVistaSp2 /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

Now right-click this file, and run it as Administrator.

Err.. That’s it! Small trick, isn’t it? Your VIsta SP1 should now automatically start updating to Service Pack 2. If it doesn’t automatically starts, follow the steps below to manually update it.

  • Type Windows Update in Start Menu search box and hit Enter.
  • In the left pane of Windows Update, click Change Settings.
  • Select the option named “Install Updates Automatically” and click Apply to start the process.

Note: Make sure you create a System Restore poin before updating.

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