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Vista SP1 setup language pack error

Right after I finished my previous blog post I started to install Vista SP1 myself. Unfortunately right after executing the installer I got a nice little messagebox, saying Vista Service Pack 1 setup couldn’t continue, because my version of Vista was unsupported. Now I run the English language version of Vista Ultimate (32 bit), so at first I couldn’t figure out why I got this error.

Then I looked at the error message more closely (unfortunately I cannot remember the exact words anymore) and noticed it said something about unsupported language packs being installed on the system (Vista SP1 is currently only available for the English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish language versions of Vista). I did remember seeing several language pack updates appear during a Windows Update session way back when I first installed Vista on this machine. However I couldn’t remember installing any of them.

To be sure I checked the Vista installed Programs and Features list for any installed language packs, but couldn’t find any. Using Google I found this article about Vista Language Packs and at the bottom of this article there were some instructions on how to remove a Vista language pack. It turned out installed Vista language packs aren’t listed in the Programs and Features list, but at a different location.

To cut a long story short, it turned out I had once installed the Dutch Vista language pack and had forgotten all about it. Unfortunately the mere presence of this Dutch language pack blocked the whole Vista SP1 installation! So I quickly uninstalled the language pack, which solved my problem.

For those interested, here are the instructions for uninstalling a Vista language pack:

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, click Clock, Language, and Region, click Regional and Language Options, and then click Change display language.
  3. On the Keyboard and Languages tab, click Install/uninstall languages under Display language.  If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.
  4. In Choose to install or remove languages, click Remove languages
    Under Select the languages that you want to remove, select the language that you want to remove, and then click Next.
  5. Click the language that you want to remove, and then click Remove.

Vista SP1 RTM now available for download!

There are going to be a lot of blog postings on this subject, so I thought I might do a short one too… πŸ™‚

You’ve read the title: A couple of hours ago Microsoft has made Vista SP1 officially available for download for both MSDN and TechNet subscribers.

Here are the download links:

Have fun!

Update: I encountered a problem related to an installed Vista language pack, which prevented me from installing Vista SP1. Read more about it here.

SharePoint Service Pack 1 released!

Today Microsoft released the 2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 1 and the 2007 Microsoft Office servers Language Pack Service Pack 1 (whew, what a long title… ;)). Although it contains fixes for all the Office System products, I’m mostly interested in the SharePoint 2007 (i.e. WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007) Service Packs. We’ve been waiting some time for them now…

Joel Oleson did the official announcement. Here are some direct links to the goodies:

Before you install the service packs you might want to visit the SharePoint Products and Technologies Service Pack 1 Resource Center and read this and this.