Windows XP Service Pack 3 hits RTM milestone


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Just over a month after the release of Windows Vista SP1, Windows XP Service Pack 3 has hit Release to Manufacturing (RTM) milestone. In other words, it is only available to OEMs. Customers with Microsoft Volume Licensing, Microsoft Connect beta testers, as well as MSDN and TechNet subscribers have not yet received the final build.

The service pack includes all security updates, out-of-band releases, and hotfixes released since Windows XP SP2 hit Microsoft’s servers back in August 2004. At the same time though, every service pack Microsoft releases is cumulative; it is possible to install just SP3 on a clean install of XP. In addition, SP3 will bring some Vista features to XP users, including Network Access Protection, “Black Hole” Router Detection, the Microsoft Kernel Cryptographic Module, and the ability to install XP without entering a product key. Windows Internet Explorer 7 must still be downloaded and installed separately. There are also reported speed improvements for the six-year-old operating system.

Considering XP’s current market share and SP3’s release, XP will be found on consumers’ PCs for years to come. On the other hand, with Windows 7 a couple of years out, and the broad release of Vista SP1, Windows XP’s life as market leader is coming to an end. Microsoft plans to stop selling XP to most manufacturers and system builders on June 30, 2008, although the company has extended XP Home’s availability until at least June 2010 for budget laptops.

The last build of XP SP3 released to the public was Release Candidate 2 Refresh. Microsoft was still saying “first half of 2008” for the final build then, and was firm with this timeframe until the actual release today. Microsoft has confirmed that the rest of us will be able to download XP SP3 from Microsoft Update, Windows Update, and the Microsoft Download Center next Tuesday.

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^ http://arstechnica.com/journals/microsoft.ars/2008/04/21/windows-xp-service-pack-3-hits-rtm-milestone


#2

What I read was that SP3 will be available from next Tuesday, while SP3 over Windows Update will be pushed sometime on June 10th.


#3

it will leak on torrents in a few days


#4

sah: You've been banned for trolling once before. And you're being banned again for three days. Next time it'll be permanent.


#5

Supposedly comes with a 10% speed boost...that would be interesting, but I wonder at what cost.


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Supposedly comes with a 10% speed boost…that would be interesting, but I wonder at what cost.
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Well, probably at Rs. 30. :)


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Erm - you may not have to pay 30 bucks.

When SP2 came, I got free CDs from Microsoft, and ordered another two free cds for my friends (different addresses.... if you carry multiple orders on one shipping address, you'll get only one).

Do you want proof? :D

I think the link will drop in my inbox (via a newsletter). I'll post it here if you want, if it comes, and if Microsoft sends copies of SP3 for free.

Oh - and you don't need a genuine Windows for it to work... as of now. Not with SP2, so I'm guessing they'll do the same w/ SP3


#9

Just slipstream SP3 into previous Windows XP installation media to get an installable copy of Windows XP SP3.


#10

windows xp sp3 has been leaked on torrents


#11

have been waiting for this.. am downloading the RTM (Released to Manufacturer?) version leaked on torrents right now, lets see. SP3 will be officially released for public on 29th of April.


#12

A few days won't make any difference. Windows Update is up to date on my PC so I reckon I will be using SP3 some time in the future with my next clean install of Windows XP.


#13

Windows Update = June.

SP3 official release: May (or late April... I have it in my inbox somewhere.... but where....grrr)

Just thought I'd clarify :)


#14

29th May, I think. :)


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windows xp sp3 has been leaked on torrents
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I’m waiting for eth0’s version of this release… Their last sp3 release was build 3300,have been quite eversince


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I’m waiting for eth0’s version of this release… Their last sp3 release was build 3300,have been quite eversince

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me too for the slipstreamed version but right now i want to get my hands on the standalone installer


#17

Ahan, whats the difference b/w slipstreamed and standalone? Are eth0 better at slipstreamed?


#18

Slipstreamed version can be freshly installed with SP3 integrated with the insallation. you don't need to run the SP3 exe file after installation from the Windows CD.

Standalone is the separate exe file used for installation.


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Are eth0 better at slipstreamed?
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yah i believe that


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have been waiting for this… am downloading the RTM (Released to Manufacturer?) version leaked on torrents right now, lets see. SP3 will be officially released for public on 29th of April.
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installed the update, its working fine.

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