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Updated! Steps For Installing & Updating Windows Vista SP2

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by flavallee, Mar 17, 2019.

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  1. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    1. Do a clean install of Windows Vista SP2.
    Select "Ask me later" so Windows Update is not turned on.
    Do not enter the 25-character product key at this time.

    2. Install Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.

    3. Install the necessary device drivers (chipset. graphic, audio, ethernet, wireless, etc.).
    Make sure to install the chipset driver first so the computer can properly detect and configure its devices.

    4. Obtain an active connection, then activate Windows Vista.

    5. Install Internet Explorer 9.0.

    6. Install these 5 updates in order from smallest to largest KB number:

    7. Install the KB4014661 cumulative security update for Internet Explorer 9.

    8. Load Windows Update, then select:
    "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them".
    After you click OK, the "Checking for updates" process will start.
    If you're prompted to install Windows Update software, do so.
    After it's done, the "Checking for updates" process will continue.

    9. When the list of about 200+ updates appear, uncheck all Microsoft .NET Framework updates.
    Right-click and hide any unneeded important/recommended/optional updates.
    Check any needed optional updates.
    Start the download and install process.

    10. After the updates are installed and the computer settles down from the restart, load Windows Update again.
    Click "Check for updates" so the "Checking for updates" process can start again.

    11. When the list of updates appear, make sure all Microsoft .NET Framework updates are checked.
    Download and install them with any remaining needed important/recommended/optional updates.

    12. Repeat steps #10 and #11 until Windows Update advises you there are no more updates available.


    If your Windows Vista disc doesn't contain SP1 or SP2, you need to download and save one or both of these upgrades in a disc or USB thumb drive.
    After Windows Vista is installed, install the SP1 upgrade first and then install the SP2 upgrade.
    This needs to be done before you proceed to step #2.

    Make sure to stop the Windows Update service from running before installing each of the updates in steps #6 and #7.
    Make sure to restart the computer after installing each update.

    Do not install any programs, add-ons, plug-ins, etc. until after Windows Vista is completely up-to-date.

    (This guide was updated and successfully used on 03-16-2019)

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