Microsoft releases Windows XP SP3 to the public

By on April 29, 2008, 12:06 PM
Though Windows XP SP3 reached RTM status more than a week ago and subsequently trickled down to several download sites, it wasn’t until today that the third service pack for Windows XP has been officially released to Windows Update for public consumption.

Currently, the final build is only available through Windows Update but the 300MB+ standalone installer is expected to become available throughout the day on the Microsoft Download Center. So, if you are still running the older but stable and mature XP version of Microsoft Windows go ahead and grab the update, which includes more than 1,100 hotfixes and patches as well as new features such as Network Access Protection and Black Hole Router detection.

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jhill3d said:
Swiss Cheese.
windmill007 said:
About time...Now when I install XP I won't have to download 1000MB of updates...LOL Lets hope these new features don't cause any problems!
PanicX said:
Time to make a new slipstreamed install cd.
Nirkon said:
is this safe to install? will it cause any problems like the vista service pack?
svprecept said:
Loaded XP SP3 today on a HP and and old Toshiba. Worked fine on both computers. A funny thing happened though in both cases. The automatic update feature did not initiate the update. In both cases, I used the manual process with no problem; except, that after the update started manually, the "silly" computers, both of them decided to also start the update automatically. So.... if it does not start on your automatic update system, you might want to disable automatic updates until you are finished with the manual download and installation. The speed difference on both computers with XP SP3 is much improved. I did manual defrags on both computers subsequently with good results.
svprecept said:
Happened to check NVIDIA for updates today after I loaded SX SP 3 on May 7. The new NVIDIA drivers seem to speed things up a litle bit more. Not a techie but so far so good.
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