:: Sorry if this is redundant. I have a fairly slow broadband
:: connection (1 mbps) but barely good enough for downloading Vista
:: SP2. However, considering efficiency and reliability, would I be
:: better off downloading the standalone installer (using another
:: faster connection elsewhere) and bringing the download on a flash
:: drive to my computer?
:: Is this standalone installer much bigger, containing irrelevant
:: stuff, than what Windows Update would eventually supply me with
:: (since I'm current with all previous updates)?
There are two service packs for Windows Vista. Service Pack 1 (SP1) was
released in April 2008, and might already be installed on your PC (to find
out, click on the Start button and enter "winver" in the search box).
Service Pack 2 (SP2), available in May 2009, contains all the updates we've
released since SP1 plus support for new types of hardware and emerging
hardware standards. You should install both Service Packs, and you need to
install SP1 before SP2.
Service Pack 2
The full file downloads are much bigger whereas if you download via AU, you
only get what you need.
I updated the Vista laptop by downloading the full file and installing
offline with the antivirus turned off etc. and then I installed IE8.
As you see SP2 contains all the updates that were released since SP1, so by
downloading via AU you only get what you need, by downloading the full file
you have everything plus you have it if you want it for later if you require
For Service Packs, I prefer to download the full file and then install
offline after preparing the system first.
TaurArian [MVP] 2005-2009 - Update Services
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