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Windows XP SP3 released (official announcement)
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Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:34 am Reply and quote this post

Today we are happy toannounce that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) has released tomanufacturing (RTM). Windows XP SP3 bits are now working their waythrough our manufacturing channels to be available to OEM andEnterprise customers.
We are also in the final stages of preparing forrelease to the web (i.e. you!) on April 29th, via Windows Update andthe Microsoft Download Center. Online documentation for Windows XP SP3,such as Microsoft Knowledge Base articles and the Microsoft TechNetWindows XP TechCenter, will be updated then. For customers who useWindows XP at home, Windows XP SP3 Automatic Update distribution forusers at home will begin in early summer.  

Thanks to everyone here who installed the public betas– you not only gave us detailed feedback but also helped each other outwith timely troubleshooting. Through the beta program we found severalimportant issues and were able to confirm some essential fixes. Wecouldn’t have done this without you.

We will still be monitoring this forum during the nextfew weeks in case you have more feedback about the release of WindowsXP SP3.

On behalf of myself, Shashank Bansal and Windows Serviceability, many thanks.

Chris Keroack
Release Manager, Windows XP Service Pack 3
Windows Serviceability

WINDOWS XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) was released tomanufacturing by Microsoft yesterday.
According to a TechNet posting by Windows XP SP3 Release Manager ChrisKeroack, Microsoft will shortly make Windows XP SP3 available to its OEM andEnterprise customers.
He says that it will be available via Windows Update and Download Center onApril 29th, but release via Automatic Update won't occur until early summer.
The Vole has had a notably easier time preparing SP3 for XP than it stumbledthrough trying to get out SP1 for Vista. That's due in some part to Windows XPbeing a more mature operating system, undoubtedly.
However, Windows XP is a much more stable and mature code base, in that itactually has had working software drivers for virtually all current PC devicesand peripherals for some time and doesn't incorporate a bunch of ill-designedand haphazardly implemented digital restriction scams and security schemes.
So good news for all Windows XP users then. They might be stuck in the past,still running a Microsoft OS, but at least they're not completely daft, and nowthey've got a new service pack that should improve their prospects of keepingWindows XP working fairly well for them, and Vista at bay, for at least anotheryear or two.
Microsoft's announcement ishere.

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Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:56 pm Reply and quote this post
first of all, i thought sp3 was released at least a half year ago. on MS's website, i saw nothing of it being a beta. but secondly, i heard NOTHING good about it. on ms's website, they pretty much said its for ms office products, which i don't have. i heard complaints about how it does nothing but slow your computer down, which they say is probably just a way for you to buy vista. i find that ironic since vista will just make things slower.
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