Ethan Allen, creator and administrator of The Hotfix, said Wednesday that he assembled the preview pack from software updates sent by an internal Microsoft source that are expected to be released in SP3.
The updates include Windows log-on improvements and features that fix current problems with connecting Windows XP computers to various networks.
Although itís very possible that installing this on to your XP machine will not do any harm, itís probably not a very good idea to install an unofficial service pack. There is some speculation that Microsoft will release a real XP service pack 3 after the next version of the client OS, Windows Vista. This will likely contain some Vista technologies for use in XP, so itís best probably to wait for that Ė thatís if it will really happen, since Microsoft still hasn't decided whether to release SP3.
"We have not confirmed plans for a Service Pack 3 for Windows XP yet," said Michael Burk, product manager for Windows Vista. "At this point, the Windows servicing team is reviewing the feedback on Windows XP SP2 and is still evaluating timing and alternatives for the next Windows XP servicing release."