Windows XP SP3 Available

Apr 17, 2008
  1. hello everyone. good day! just recently updated with the latest SP3 from microsoft. its already available.go and get your share. regards.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,352

    No It Isn't

    NO it isn't


    Do not post this, it gets everyone upset, searching around

    The only version presently released version is Xp SP3 RC2 (which I would NOT RECOMMEND to download)

    Anyone who has this version installed, is advised to remove it, before the end of April (if not sooner)
  3. STEALTH429

    STEALTH429 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    Kimsland, My apology! Youre right its XP SP3 RC2. Will there be any consequences if i dont uninstall it prior to the official release of SP3? thanks for the guidance.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,352

    Users who presently have XP SP3 RC2 installed

    Versions include:

    build 5508 (Release Candidate 2 Refresh)
    build v.5503 (leaked test version for private beta testers)
    build 3311 (Release Candidate 2)

    Microsoft can’t verify the integrity of the beta RC 2 Service packs
    ie Anything is possible, including hidden files and malware

    Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview

    Read here for new functionality included in this service pack

    source: Microsoft
    Uninstall information for the Windows XP SP3 Release Candidate
    To uninstall Windows XP SP3, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, click Run, type appwiz.cpl, and then click OK.
    2. Click Change or Remove Programs.
    3. Click Windows XP Service Pack 3 (936929), and then click Remove.
    4. Restart the computer.

    Further info:
    Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) forum
  5. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    One has to wonder why many users think "new is better". This is not true when it comes to Windows Updates. "Unless" it is a critical security patch for a vulnerability just identified, most would do well to delay getting the update and then when doing so, use Custom Install to decide which to get.

    And no one should get beta versions unless they are a beta tester.
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,906   +389

    You likely won't be able to install the official without first removing the RC you have. This was how it was with Vista SP1, if you got an RC it had to be removed before the official would install.
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 14,690   +487

  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,844   +103

    Pass on the SP3 all version until software applications companies get on ball with it otherwise their are a lot of issues with it. Stick with SP2 for now..
  9. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Guru Posts: 1,031   +12

  10. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,392   +135

    Umm.... what exactly does service pack 3 do?
  11. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    I believe the above covers what is being said and asked.
  12. taylor_000

    taylor_000 TS Rookie

    I replaced service pk 1 and 2, with Windows XP SP3 Release Candidate
    and I found that my computer went from slow to fast, I INSTALLED SP3 FIRST, THEN UNINSTALLED 1 AND 2.
  13. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,352

    Yes but taylor_000, you now must un-install your RC SP3 as the REAL version will be available very soon! via Windows Update (Well June, as stated by Bobbye above) If not sooner (actually I thought only a few days)
  14. taylor_000

    taylor_000 TS Rookie

    Thanks Kimsland !
  15. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,392   +135

    Ahh i see.

    Will they bring in anything that makes vista look cool, like the flippy thing and the themes?
  16. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,423   +7

    I just did an XP Critical update and SP3 wasn't part of whats available.
    It might not be for XP.
    A search had no results,I'll stick with SP2 for now.
    Till i'm told i need SP3.
  17. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,906   +389

    What? Now I could be wrong here (I don't think I am though), but each Service Pack already contains the fixes made in the previous ones. Like if you have a straight up install of Windows 2000 SP1, you can go right ahead and install SP4 and be up to date. Once you have SP4 installed there is no uninstalling prior Service Packs. You don't uninstall SP1, SP4 replaces it. I imagine the same goes for XP SP3 (because it did for SP2). So I don't believe that you would need to (or be able to ) uninstall SP1 and SP2 after you install SP3.
  18. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,352

    But to be clear
    XpSP1 minimum required-> then update to XpSP3

    Actually, I'm going to install XPSP1 clean, then update InternetExplorer to Ver 7; then install SP3 (when it comes out!)

    I'm pretty sure XPSP1 is minimum though.
  19. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Guru Posts: 1,031   +12

    i just installed the RTM version of SP3 yesterday after reformat my system under RC version of SP3 last month. i can say theres lot of performance difference between RC and RTM version. and the RTM version no longer include v.3108 etc in the system properties. in the RTM version it just says:
    Windows XP 5.1 Service Pack 3 build 2600 080413-2111
    2007 Microsoft Corporation.

    anyone tried the RTM version as well? im quite sure its final though.
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,627   +1,132


    Have the activation protocols been relaxed in SP-3?

    Does it outperform SP-2?

    I don't see why there's such a rush, after all general street dat is April 29, isn't it?

    Although I admit I suffer from a societal disconnect. I'd wouldn't be caught dead standing in line at midnight to get a copy of the latest Harry Potter book or a Madden 2009 game.
  21. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    I found this:

    So it appears that after the SP3 download, if there is no overwriting of the earlier SPs, there may be a duplication of updates. I could not find anything that simply said 'yes-or no'- to the overwriting!
  22. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,352

    Good question, someone must know, probably the answer will be Yes

    Also just posting dates again

    RTM (release to manufacturing): April 21
    OEM channel: April 21
    Windows Update (optional update): April 29
    Microsoft Download Center: April 29
    MSDN/TechNet download: May 2
    Windows XP SP3 fulfillment media (CD-based): May 19
    Volume license customers download: June 1
    Windows Update/Automatic Updates: June 10
  23. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,423   +7

    The confusion here is that SP3 is for Windows 2000,

    Not XP,where i've been.SP2 is the latest for XP.
    I have all the latest XP home updates.
  24. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    No, there is also an SP3 for Office also. There IS an SP3 for Windows XP, but Final Release isn't out yet. Should be any day. I don't know why so many are clamoring to get it! An SP needs to be out for a bit to mellow! No way would you catch me getting it right off!
  25. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,423   +7

    No No then

    I knew of MSOffice.
    This forum is Windows OS posts.
    When my update has XP SP3 i'll read the benefits and needs first.
    I knew i needed SP2.
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