ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Windows Vista Service Pack Sp 2 Bootable Cd Dvd Found

Updated on October 29, 2020
john000 profile image

I learned the art of frugality from a Depression Era survivor. Join me in learning how to live on less. Save money, have fun, and be secure.


The Saga Unfolds

When I sat down at my computer, little did I expect that the total amount of time I would wind up using would be hours upon hours. My Internet Explorer 8 browser was on the fritz, and I couldn't get online. You probably know how frustrating it is not to be able to share email and photos, forward a joke, or surf to find something you want to know in the worst way. But what is most important to keep in mind is that my computer ran Windows Vista.

"Oh," I thought, "this will be easy". I thought I would just track down the error message on Google. It wasn't so easy. The error message had to do with the dialer from my ISP, and it seemed to be working just fine until IE8 would stop, then recover, then stop and go into a hideous loop diagnosing the problem. Perhaps it's a corrupted file in the dialer upgrade and IE 8 doesn't like it? Now what? Download Internet Explorer 9? Finish the story by reading the left column. If you would rather not, note the contact info on the right column for Vista SP1 & SP2 on CD and/or DVD purchasable at, but difficult to find.

A Name Is Found - Windows Vista

A release of the Microsoft Windows operating system
A release of the Microsoft Windows operating system | Source

Windows VISTA SP1 & SP2 CD DVD URL and Phone

At this point, if you don't want to read about my vicarious journey and many trips to, I am going to give you a valuable piece of information. There are many people at Microsoft who are not aware of this information; trust me, I spoke to all of them. This information is for those of you who still have dial-up. If you would like Service Pack 1 and/or Service Pack 2 on CD or DVD for Windows Vista, and you don't want to spend 2 days downloading, you may want to copy the following contact information and put it in a safe place!

***The link for ordering the service packs online is

(you must have cookies enabled on your browser or you will get ERROR).

If you have a sole computer and no fancy cell phone, here is a 1-800 number that will put you in contact with a human being who will take your order: Microsoft Supplemental Part team (800) 360-7561. The disc will cost $3.50 with $5.99 shipping. Since each service pack comes from a different location, you get to pay for shipping twice if you want SP1 and SP2.

And did I mention that service packs, I thought, were cumulative. That is, if you get a service pack 2, it contains service pack 1 and other goodies, all upgrades. But apparently this is not the case with Windows Vista. It's special. If you want Vista service pack 2, you had better have service pack 1 on your hard-drive. If you don't, Internet Explorer 9 Beta won't install.

A Windows XP graphical history
A Windows XP graphical history | Source

The Saga Continues

Fortunately, I have an old Intel Thinkpad lying around with functional Internet Explorer. I wouldn't think of updating it! It's for emergencies. LOL! I hooked it up and was able to download Google Chrome (Google's Browser). After copying it to a flash drive, I installed Chrome on my injured computer without a hitch. It is now my default browser. But of course, I want Internet Explorer to work, because that's the way I am, and I have learned to have 2 browsers in hand rather than one in the bush!

At this point I was feeling quite clever. I must have solved my problem. With a browser I was powerful and could overcome all. Right.

Now to download the latest version of Internet Explorer 8 (mine was 8.0.6001.18702, and I actually found pieces from IE5 on my hard drive). My thinking was that if I had the very latest IE8, perhaps my computer would like my dialer better. Those of you who are reading this and saying to yourself that you would have done things differently, or that my reasoning is somehow, well, stupid, please hang on to those thoughts as I would love to read them as comments. You cannot hurt my feelings when it comes to computers - simple with computers is in the eye of the beholder. Make me out to be a clown, it's all good.

After downloading the most current IE from Microsoft (13.2 MB, 1 hour 14 minutes dial up time) and trying to install it, the bell tolled again. I was informed that I had a more current version (?) so I would not be allowed to install. What happened to giving permission to overwrite? How was it more current?

I had my Google Chrome. Not knowing what made my browser more recent and with nothing to compare, I mused, "I'll download Internet Explorer 9 Beta." Why download IE9 when it's a Beta - a preview not highly tested and therefore riskier for failures - because I wanted to take the chance that I would win the game against Internet Explorer. Pursed lips not withstanding, I began the download. Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead! After 2 hours and 41 minutes, my 19MB IE9 was downloaded. I went to install and was told that I had to have Vista service packs 1 and 2 loaded on the hard drive. I could only find indication of SP1 loaded, so I guessed I needed SP2.


As advertised, Internet Explorer 9 is supposed to be more intuitive with fewer dialogue boxes, and stuff to speed up browsing. But if you think this is why I wanted IE9, you're just fooling yourself, because I was defending my honor as a man, a survivalist, and a warrior!!

Windows Vista Service Pack 2 is 745.2 MB. On a 56K modem it would take 30 hours and 17 minutes to download. My best download speed is 46K/sec. I groaned. At which point my wife suggested I ask the neighbor who has high-speed Internet to let me download it there. It was brilliant, but it seemed like cheating. What kind of man was I to depend on the neighbor's high-speed Internet? But after all, I had been Vista-ed.

Internet Explorer 9 and Google Chrome work fine now and all is right with the world. My confidence was shaken. The wife is now the chief computer expert at the house. Google Chrome will remain my default browser. I must confess, there have been moments when alone that I have contemplated downloading a third browser!

And the winner is!

What is your favorite operating system?

See results

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 John R Wilsdon


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)