As we all know, Windows Vista is no longer supported by Microsoft in any way, shape or form. This means there will be no more updates for it. There is some good news, though. Due to Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 sharing the same codebase, it is possible to install WS2008 security updates on Vista. This way you might be able to receive security updates until January 2020.
In this thread, I will compile a list of monthly updates for WS2008, and provide feedback on how the installation process went on a virtual machine running Win Vista x64. If you're interested and want to take this opportunity, be my guest, though be advised that while the updates will most likely install successfully, you're still doing this at your own risk.
Please note that if you are having problems with Windows Update taking hours or days to check for updates, and/or consuming your CPU, please check this thread.
So without further ado, this is a list of WS 2008 updates for the month of May 2017 that I attempted to install on Win Vista. In general I've provided Microsoft Update Catalog links which allow you to choose either the 32 bit or 64 bit version, however, for .Net installers, I've provided direct download links separately to avoid Microsoft's stupid and confusing bundling of updates, which lumps updates with different KB numbers together. You will need to download them and install manually, as Windows Update will NOT find them. Vista is unsupported now, remember? :-)
Here they are:
Internet Explorer 9: KB4018271 (please note that you want to download the Internet Explorer 9 version package for Windows Server 2008 without the "R2", but NOT the IE11 version for Windows Server 2008 R2, which is the Windows 7 server equivalent. Neither Vista, nor 2008 without R2 support IE11. Also choose the correct 32 or 64 bit system version)
DST changes: KB4015193 (again, you want to get the version for WS 2008 without "R2". Also choose the correct 32 or 64 bit system version)
.Net 4.5.2 (ignore this one if you're using .Net4.6, which supersedes 4.5.2): ndp45-kb4020507 (download the correct 32 or 64 bit system version) and ndp45-kb4014514 (for 32 bit systems and 64 bit systems)
Every update installed correctly, though WS2008 security update KB4018196 said it wasn't applicable. Also, I haven't installed .Net 4.5.2 updates, as I'm using .Net 4.6, which supersedes it.
The latest supported version of .Net Framework for Windows Vista & Server 2008 is 4.6.1. Installing anything newer than this (4.6.2 or 4.7) is not possible.
Edited by Sardoc, 30 May 2017 - 08:55 PM.