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burn cd from installed service pack 1 and 2

by february99 / February 18, 2011 11:24 PM PST

Hi, I have a 4 year old windows vista computer, it had service pack 1 and 2 installed. I had to reformat the hard drive, so I lost them. Since I am on a dial up connection it is almost impossible to download them. My question is, I have a friend who has both service packs on her computer. Would it be possible to burn them with her computer, so that I could install them on mine?
Would appreciate your help

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by Jimmy Greystone / February 19, 2011 1:50 AM PST

Yes, but they would need to download the "network professional" installer for Vista and then burn that to a disc, so unless your friend also has a broadband connection, it's not going to help. If you look around Microsoft's site, they will probably sell you a copy of SP1 and SP2 on DVD for a nominal fee. They used to distribute these free of charge, but discontinued the service a while back. Still, I think the fee basically just covers their expenses in providing a disc to you.

One of the helper monkeys Microsoft suckers into volunteering here might be better able to help you with that.

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yes new
by february99 / February 19, 2011 9:19 PM PST
In reply to: Yes

I guess you are right. I will try to find the cd's.
Thanks so much

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could you explain that one
by wb2001 / February 22, 2011 1:13 PM PST
In reply to: Yes

Yes, but they would need to download the "network professional" installer for Vista ???

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If you go to Microsoft's website
by Jimmy Greystone / February 22, 2011 10:16 PM PST

If you go to Microsoft's website, and don't end up running around in circles until you go mad, you'll eventually find there are two versions of every service pack. There's the version distributed via Windows Update, where it downloads the necessary patches and then installs them as needed. Then there's the self-contained offline "network professional" version which is aimed more at people who need to push this update to dozens to tens of thousands of computers and doesn't want to waste all that bandwidth. But it can be useful for the home user as well. It's significantly larger a download, probably in the 500MB+ range, but you don't need any sort of an Internet connection to install it.

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Download Links For SP1 And SP2
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 22, 2011 11:57 PM PST
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ordered the cd's
by february99 / February 23, 2011 6:19 AM PST

Thaks so much, I already ordered the cd's.

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thanks for the explanation
by wb2001 / March 3, 2011 10:18 AM PST

That is what I have saved to 2 cd's, thank you.

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