Microsoft stages the roll out and distribution of Windows Vista SP1 in several different phases, with generally English version users been given privileges to download and install much earlier than other 35 languages edition of Vista, with some scheduled to be released as late as April 2008. Windows Vista enthusiasts have came up with various tricks and hacks, such as leaking from MSDN and TechNet or using Windows Vista SP1 RCR2 registry trick. Here’s another hack to download and install the standalone offline x86 setup installer in .CAB format for official Windows Vista SP1 RTM with complete 36 languages from Windows Update.
Windows Vista requires at least 2 prerequisite updates – KB938371 and KB937287, plus KB935509 for Windows Vista Enterprise and Ultimate only that have to be installed before SP1. If your Windows Vista system hasn’t been installed with these updates, download and install these updates first from the direct download links below.
Windows6.0-KB937287-x86.msu or Windows6.0-KB937287-x64.msu
Windows6.0-KB938371-x86.msu or Windows6.0-KB938371-x64.msu
Alternatively, download the .CAB files of these prerequisite updates from WU, and use the Package Manager commands to install it.
Install with the following commands in administrator’s command prompt:
start /w %SystemRoot%\system32\pkgmgr.exe /ip /m:C:\VistaSP1\windows6.0-kb937287-x86_2039fc9d2475d8886e112fdb3a7a5778f9ab7302.cab /s:C:\VistaSP1\windows6.0-kb937287-x86_2039fc9d2475d8886e112fdb3a7a5778f9ab7302.cab /norestart
start /w %SystemRoot%\system32\pkgmgr.exe /ip /m:C:\VistaSP1\windows6.0-kb938371-x86_0e58dcb38724bbfa30e9c55290c63bb824635f08.cab /s:C:\VistaSP1\windows6.0-kb938371-x86_0e58dcb38724bbfa30e9c55290c63bb824635f08.cab /norestart
Change the path to the .CAB files that you downloaded accordingly.
Here’s the direct download link to the Windows Update full 32-bit 36 languages edition of Windows Vista SP1 standalone update package (KB936330): windows6.0-kb936330-x86_b3bd75011971986894b5fa63a08a36c05ccdd874.cab
After downloading the the Windows Vista SP1 RTM CAB files of around 532.9 MB, use the following command to install the service pack in elevated command prompt with administrative privileges.
start /w %SystemRoot%\system32\pkgmgr.exe /ip /m:C:\VistaSP1\windows6.0-kb936330-x86_b3bd75011971986894b5fa63a08a36c05ccdd874.cab /s:C:\VistaSP1\windows6.0-kb936330-x86_b3bd75011971986894b5fa63a08a36c05ccdd874.cab /norestart
Change the path to the .CAB files that you downloaded accordingly. Once started, the Windows Vista SP1 will be installed automatically, which may include several reboots. And the installation works on all language editions of Vista system.
Update: Windows Vista official download has been released for 5 languages, and full final 36 languages Windows Vista SP1
36 languages Windows Vista SP1 setup package scheduled early April.