How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2008

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SUMMARY

This article describes how to obtain Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).

Windows Server 2008 updates are distributed in service packs. Service packs help keep Windows Server 2008 current. Additionally, service packs extend and update the functionality of your computer.

Service packs include updates, system administration tools, drivers, and additional components. These components are conveniently bundled for easy downloading. Service packs are cumulative. Each new service pack contains all the fixes that are included in previous service packs, and also contain any new fixes. You do not have to install a previous service pack before you install the latest service pack.

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Windows Server 2008 SP2


Release date: May 26, 2009

You can download Windows Server 2008 SP2 from the Windows Update site and from the Microsoft Download Center. The following versions of Windows Server 2008 SP2 are available:
  • A 32-bit version
  • A 64-bit (x64-based) version
  • An Itanium-based version

Obtain Windows Server 2008 SP2 from Windows Update

You can download Windows Server 2008 SP2 from the following Windows Update site:
http://update.microsoft.com

Obtain Windows Server 2008 SP2 from the Microsoft Download Center

To download Windows Server 2008 SP2 from the Microsoft Download Center, visit the appropriate Microsoft Web site: Note If you have installed a prerelease version of Windows Server 2008 SP2, uninstall the prerelease version of the service pack, and then install the final product from the Microsoft Download Center.

Important information

Hotfixes and security updates that are included in Windows Server 2008 SP2

For a list of hotfixes and security updates in Windows Server 2008 SP2, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=134030

Release notes

For more information about issues with Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd540765.aspx
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
948465 Information about Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and for Windows Server 2008

Additional resources

For documentation, tools, and resources to help you evaluate, deploy, and manage Windows Server 2008 SP2 on the servers in your organization, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/dd262148.aspx
For more information about things to know about Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2, visit either of the following Microsoft Web sites: For more information about Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/dd727510.aspx
For frequently asked questions about Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 and about Windows Vista Service Pack 2, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd335038.aspx

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Article ID: 968849 - Last Review: February 3, 2011 - Revision: 2.1
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2
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