Microsoft had made available publicly Windows Vista SP2 RC and Windows Server 2008 RC (Release Candidate), which is same piece of update files for both client and server operating system and has the file build version of 6002.16670.090130-1715 earlier this year. At the time, the Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 RTM is in the final stage of development and is expected to be released in April. Finally, some code bits that compiled closer to RTM build, if not is the RTM build itself has appeared on Internet for download via BitTorrent network.

Various escrow builds of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 have emerged on Internet. Some build versions that are known to be available is 6002.17043.090312-1835, and subsequently jumps to 6002.17506.090313-1730. Initially, RTM build number for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP2 final is thought to be 6002.17507.090319-1515 and 6002.17508.090320-1600, but new release of more Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP2 RTM-Escrow debunks the myth.

SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 RTM Escrow

The latest Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP2 RTM-Escrow that leaks on Internet has the build tag string of 6002.18003.090403-1730, compiled on April 3th, 2009. The 6002.18003 build may be the final RTM version that going to release to public, as its build lab specifies as sp2rtm, but it’s more likely still a pre-RTM build, with SP2 RTM has the final build version of 6002.18004 or 6002.18005 (specifically 6.0.6002.18005 (lh_sp2rtm.090410-1830)) to fix minor bugs. Previously, both 6002.18001.090330-1650 and 6002.18002.090402-1730 have been abandoned due to bugs.

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Download Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 RTM-Escrow 6002.18003

File Name: Windows6.0-KB948465-X86.exe
Supported OS: 32-bit Windows Vista and WS 2008 x86
Size: 365,490,752 bytes
CRC: F383BEA5
MD5: F6214E0D8F224E4A7A15CDBFFA47431F
SHA1: 94A2283689F035D04C336E3AB0352A5B049EE17B
Languages: Wave 0 – English, Spanish, Japanese, German, French

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File Name: Windows6.0-KB948465-X64.exe
Supported OS: 64-bit Windows Vista and WS 2008 x64
Size: 606,349,120 bytes
CRC: 857DAAEE
MD5: E7A6205110A0A256FADD520B84925BE4
SHA1: 025AFF09FF9355AA1D28B566CD81435FF1B8B02D
Languages: Wave 0 – English, Spanish, Japanese, German, French

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File Name: Windows6.0-KB948465-IA64.exe
Supported OS: Itanium 64bit Windows Vista and WS 2008
Size: 473,393,128 bytes
CRC: 2F17E128
MD5: 9167750EBC32392603065B953A186665
SHA1: 2C5FB25E92CCA8639778C26D47D9ACF80258C2CE
Languages: Wave 0 – English, Spanish, Japanese, German, French

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File Name: Windows6.0-KB948465-X86.exe
Supported OS: 32-bit (x86) Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008
Size: 499,566,008 bytes
CRC: 7CAC0C45
MD5: E7065F7BBEF1D686F9F104B7DB01A744
SHA1: D2B0544074239EB904EAB2E38C32CBF6DC280B5F
Languages: Wave 1 – Italian, Dutch, Russian, Simplified Chinese

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File Name: Windows6.0-KB948465-X64.exe
Supported OS: 64-bit (x64) Windows Vista and WS 2008
Size: 783,243,416 bytes
CRC: 60B17395
MD5: 58CD2EB4031DF4B4673D497B7A4801CF
SHA1: 33AD1322125E561445510E8CE2DD6EC4976ACEAA
Languages: Wave 1 – Italian, Dutch, Russian, Simplified Chinese

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File Name: Windows6.0-KB948465-IA64.exe
Supported OS: Itanium 64bit Windows Vista and WS 2008
Size: 497,705,800 bytes
CRC: 250E6092
MD5: EC3324FE33C5D766629E1A1908F09444
SHA1: 0F1F7F8C650F2B5769D8FEDC06BA57C87353A74D
Languages: Wave 1 – Italian, Dutch, Russian, Simplified Chinese

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Update: Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP2 RTM (6002.18005) have been leaked.

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2

Windows Vista & Windows Server 2008 SP2 is be finalized and RTM in April 2009 and the final release. The announcement on availability and features of the second service pack for Vista and WS 2008 is likely to happen at the TechEd 2009 event scheduled for May 11-15, 2009 in Los Angeles. However, the official release of Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP2 to general public is not expected until end of May, while wave 1 (out of total 8 waves) languages will be only out by end of June.

On April 28, 2009, an updated System Update Readiness Tool (KB947821) is also been pushed to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista to pave the way for the arrival of Service Pack 2. KB947821 was been released before Windows Vista SP1 to address issue SP1 fails to install, and is now updated because an inconsistency was found in the Windows servicing store which may prevent the successful installation of future updates, service packs, and software.

Another important note is that Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP2 is likely integrated with KB940510, which detects and blocks certain OEM BIOS emulators. Thus any pirated Windows Vista system runs the risk of been deactivated, or for system that hasn’t activate, returns error that system is not activated with OEM licensing violation, even though product key and OEM digital certificate is accepted.

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