News on Microsoft's aging Windows XP operating system has
surprisingly been coming in at a steady pace over the past few weeks. Although
Windows Vista is Microsoft's current bread-and-butter consumer operating
system, there is still much love to go around for Windows XP.
In late September, DailyTech
reported that Microsoft is providing XP
downgrades for unhappy Vista customers. Microsoft followed up on that news
a few days later with the announcement that Windows XP sales would
be extended to June 30, 2008.
The company followed up with a new build of Internet
Explorer 7.0 for Windows XP that doesn't require product activation and released a Service
Pack 3 (SP3) beta for a select group of testers.
The latest SP3 beta is labeled as build 3205 and is a rather
small 334.92 MB download. The bloggers over at NeoSmart
have gotten a hold of the new SP3 release and have detailed many of the new
features and bugfixes with the software update.
According to NeoSmart,
SP3 contains 1,073 hotfixes and patches; 114 of which are security related. SP3
also adds four major features to the Windows XP operating systems.
The first is a new activation scheme which will not require
a product key during installation. The second feature is a new Network Access
Protection Module first featured in Windows Vista. Other new items include
a Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographics Module and a Black Hole Router detection
The release of SP3 coupled with the announcement that XP
will be available to businesses and consumers for a longer period of time could
breathe new life into the venerable operating system. Many gamers have stuck by
the operating system and OEMs like HP and Dell still offer XP on brand new
quote: But then again in will be 2 years since DX10 is widly addopted.
quote: Also, I personaly don't like the services which start by default. As I recall I had 800MB of RAM used after boot-up
quote: Most of the hardcore Linux users that I know usually have no life. They tend to sit in a dark room all day long and are very pale skinned as the sunlight rarely touches them.
quote: I have Vista, haven't looked back at XP, using 5 year old OSes isn't so much fun...
quote: Video drivers for example will not let you install XP drivers on Vista.
quote: The first is a new activation scheme which will not require a product key during installation.
quote: Bioshock does not work.
quote: Explorer file selection while in single-click mode does not work.
quote: Copying large files (HDTV captures) does not provide necessary progress feedback.
quote: Disk defrag has no controls and progress.
quote: ATI USB Wonder tuners have NO Vista driver.
quote: Fusion HDTV does not work.
quote: The buyers choice is supreme irrespective of some MVPs opinions.
quote: If vista was a big success then there would be no need for this SP3 & WinXP would not be sold anymore.
quote: The only "opinion" this MVP has stated so far is that Vista's security capabilities are far better than WinXP's will ever be. And if you want to contest that, you can start here:
quote: I don't know where you get that idea. SP3 for WinXP has been in development for longer than Vista has even been on the market.
quote: Operating Systems are like human being-they have their strengths & weaknesses.None of them is perfect or fullproof.
quote: If any of my responses have in anyway offended you-I certainly regret it-not that I intended it in anyway.
quote: You think in terms of security-but the buyers think of price/performance/convienience/reliabilty/user friendly/ & a host of other requirements/needs/preferences etc.