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.
The leading software giant, Microsoft, released Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2007 about 5 months ago in December. At that time, the company officials said that they’d give customers a minimum 30-day advance notice before pushing out the service pack via its Automatic Update. SP1 has already been downloaded millions of times through Microsoft Download center.
A week after announcing that there won’t be any Windows XP SP3 available for download through Windows Update and Microsoft Download Center, Microsoft has finally released the long-awaited service pack.
The distribution of SP3 was halted just before the official release date because of some compatibility glitches that Microsoft found. But now, as Microsoft says, SP3 is all ready for everyone to download. This service pack fixes about 1,174 bugs and includes some security updates. The full list of changes and fixes can be found here.
Microsoft has discontinued downloading of Vista SP1 via Automatic Update and delayed the release of XP SP3 through Automatic Update to as well. Want the reason? Well, today they uncovered a compatibility issue between Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS) and both Windows XP SP3 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). The same compatibility issue was found in XP SP3 before the general distribution, but it wasn’t in Vista SP1. Microsoft released Vista SP1 to manufacturing on February 4.
Due to the newly encountered incompatibility issues with the Service Packs, Microsoft is forced to halt the release. Their release was planned before the end of August, but this is not the case anymore and Microsoft fails to announce the exact date.
Recently, Microsoft rolled out the first release candidate version of Windows XP Service Pack 3 to some beta testers, and is now planning to roll out Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista next week.
And with all these, guess what? Microsoft is also going to release the first service pack for Office 2007. Amazing, isn’t it? Microsoft didn’t left out its remaining flagship product. Initially, it was slated for an early 2008 release with Vista SP1, but now it will be available to public for download on December 11 through Microsoft Download Center!