Expression Web 4 Service Pack 2

Service Pack 2 for Expression Web 4 has been released. You can download it from  Expression Web 4 SP2 applies significant fixes and improvements to publishing, SuperPreview, file management, extensibility, and other areas of the programs.

You can watch a video on Expression Web 4 SP2 Workspaces Demo as well as Expression Web 4 SP2 Code Editing Demo.

You can get a more complete description of Expression Web 4 SP2, including a list of issues that are fixed, in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article entitled “Description of the Microsoft Expression Web 4 Service Pack 2.” (This link appears not to be live as yet.)

Some of the improvements include:

  • jQuery IntelliSense
  • Thumbnails in Folder View (Vista & Win7 only) – The preview area  is resizeable. Just above the top folder you will see 5 tiny gray dots that you can grab and drag down.
  • New Snippets Panel
  • Universal comment/uncomment
  • Workspaces
  • Custom toolbars
  • Interactive Snapshot

Steven Guttman. who is the  Director of Product Management for Expression Web, has written about the newest features of Expression Web 4 SP2.

How to Determine if Expression Web 4 SP2 is Installed

In Expression Web 4, click the Help menu, then click About Microsoft Expression Web. If Expression Web 4 SP2 is installed, the following version number appears:

Microsoft Expression Web 4 Version 4.0.1303.0 SP2



  1. Richard Blake says:

    I keep getting the web_en.msi file missing error when trying to apply both the sp1 and sp2 updates to my EW4. The EW4 is the free upgrade version provided for owners of EW3. Both products were downloaded online. Help, please?


  2. The only workaround I have found for this is to download the trial, start the installation process so the files are unpacked to a temporary location, then point the service pack to that location. Once the SP is installed, cancel the installation of the Expression Web Trial. Yes, it is a pain BUT it was the only way it would work for me.

  3. Richard Blake says:

    No matter how hard I tried, I was unable to duplicate your method. So, in desperation, I allowed the trial installation to continue to run. It apparently detected EW4 on my computer, so only offered me the opportunity to change, repair, or remove. I selected repair and let it run. Immediately upon completion, I ran the SP install and behold… it worked.

    Thanks very much,

  4. I’m glad you were able to get it to work for you. Enjoy the new features.

  5. Barberic says:

    Thanks for the workaround to install EW4 SP1 and SP2 it worked for me but come on Microsoft why do we have to go through all this? This isn’t Linux. This is software we have paid good money for and in Australia Microsoft allways rips us off with higher prices.
    At the end of all that I now find that SP2 has broken the SEO Reports. EW4 now crashes with no error reports, not even a pause, just closes when I try to run the SEO Report tool. Ah well here we go on another merry-go-round.

  6. I checked the SEO reports this morning to see if I had any problems but they ran OK for me. I used first the option of just checking a selected page and the next time all pages. It ran without a hitch and no crashes. I also checked the Accessibility Report since I had had a problem with it before. It also ran with no problems.

    You might try running Steve Eastons’s FP Cleaner which I have written about in the past. Get the one for your version of EW and select the options to clean the temp files and cache. EW needs to be closed before you run it.

  7. I installed SP2 then read about lots of problems people were having with it. The problem I had affected pages derived from DWT’s. Where previously the editable regions were outlined in orange with a white input area, suddenly the whole web page took on the hue of protected area, so it wasn’t obvious where the editable regions were. I have fixed it by uninstalling EW4 then only reinstalling SP1. Obviously I’ve lost the ‘benefits’ of SP2, but at least what I’ve got works!

  8. It is a known problem. You should still be able to edit those regions which are editable BUT you can fix it by going to View > Visual Aids > and turning off Visual borders. That way you get back the benefits of SP2.

  9. Thanks for that tip. I’ll give it a try soon.

  10. When is the next service pack coming out which has more support for HTML5 and css3. I already miss that I cannot insert columns, figure and figcaption styles for instance.

  11. Lucien, only Microsoft can answer that question.

  12. OK Patricia, I just hoped that someone would have seen something which I have missed.

  13. I bought this program and its been nothing but A PAIN !
    It crashes all the time ! And then some. I have even put it on a Xp PC and still
    does the same thing ! WOW MS Are you kidding me ! What a wast of $150.00
    And It sounds to me they are well aware of these problems and I see No fix
    Coming any time soon.

    • I have installed all versions of Expression Web on computers with Win XP, Win Vista, and Win 7 and have very seldom had the program crash. If and when it does, I run Steve Easton’s FP Cleaner – which I can not recommend highly enough – and it fixes any problems. Make sure you download the correct version for your EW program. If you paid $150 for the software, you paid too much because the upgrade version which is identical to the full version is only $79. And almost anyone can qualify for the upgrade version.

      Licensed users of the following products are eligible to upgrade:

      Any Microsoft® Expression product
      Any Adobe Creative Suite product
      Any Microsoft Office product

  14. I want the update FIXED – I do NOT want a work-around!

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