“We are also in the final stages of preparing for release to the web (i.e. you!) on April 29th, via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center,” said Keroack last Monday. “Online documentation for Windows XP SP3, such as Microsoft Knowledge Base articles and the Microsoft TechNet Windows XP TechCenter, will be updated then. For customers who use Windows XP at home, Windows XP SP3 Automatic Update distribution for users at home will begin in early summer.”
It appears that the time has come and everyone can now download SP3. A link to the 316MB service pack was posted on BetaNews yesterday afternoon. Although Microsoft isn't yet hosting a download page for SP3, the download links directly back to Windows Update.
For those that haven't been keeping up with the latest SP3 updates, the service pack includes roughly 1,100 hotfixes/patches and new features like Network Access Protection and Black Hole Router Detection.
SP3 will also give users even more incentive to stick with the venerable operating system which has soldiered on since late 2001. Many consumers and businesses have clung to the operating system despite the fact that Microsoft has heavily pushed its newer Windows Vista operating system.
Microsoft is hoping for a swift switchover to Windows Vista and has already announced a June 30 end-of-life date for Windows XP (with the exception of Windows XP Home for ultra-low-cost PCs. Some PC manufacturers, however, are using other methods to extend the availability of Windows XP for its customers.
quote: I wish they would get rid of the registry all together.
quote: If they put a feature in Vista that was identical to Linux or OSX they would get harped on 100x harder than anything they received for UAC. Possibly even sued repeatedly in the case of Apple.
quote: I think SP3 cripples XP just enough to make Balmer's comments seem justified. You can't even drag and drop network files to your local PC because of new restrictions, which don't even exist in Vista.Steve, if the security improvements in SP3 are so important, why aren't they implemented in Vista? What are you trying to say? This only goes one way.Basically anyone who's smart enough to read Anandtech is smart enough to not need any 'features' in SP3.Virtually everyone here shouldn't bother.
quote: By installing SP3 you may just be opening a can of worms with more surprises than expected. I think I am going to hold out on this one and let the early adopters guinea pig it for me or install it on the day MS inevitably forces it down my throat.
quote: I think I am going to hold out on this one and let the early adopters guinea pig it for me
quote: Microsoft Backpedals on Windows UpdatesPC World - 4 hours agoXP change corrupts data, hamstrings SP3 rolloutComputerworld, MA - 8 hours agoMicrosoft Learns From Itself By Delaying XP SP3PC World - 8 hours agoMicrosoft Pulls XP Update Due to a Last Minute Software GlitchWired News - 10 hours agoObscure Microsoft product halts Windows releasesCNET News.com, CA - Apr 30, 2008Update: Microsoft postpones release of Windows XP SP3Computerworld, MA - Apr 30, 2008Windows XP SP3 Delayed, Vista SP1 PausedTechtree.com, India - Apr 30, 2008Microsoft postpones Service Pack updatesHeise Online, Germany - Apr 30, 2008No XP Service Pack 3 for YouInternetNews.com - Apr 30, 2008MS pulls plugs on XP SP3 mass launchRegister, UK - Apr 30, 2008Windows XP service pack bugs outNew Zealand Herald, New Zealand - Apr 29, 2008Microsoft Delays Windows XP Service Pack 3Washington Post, United States - Apr 29, 2008Last-Minute Glitch Holds Up Windows XP SP3Slashdot - Apr 29, 2008Microsoft delays Windows XP updateCBC.ca, Canada - Apr 29, 2008Microsoft delays release of Windows XP SP3Computerworld, MA - Apr 29, 2008Microsoft Again Delays Windows XP SP3 ReleaseInformationWeek, NY - Apr 29, 2008Microsoft Delays XP SP3 Once AgainCRN, NY - Apr 29, 2008Microsoft discovers XP SP3 glitchWindowsForDevices, CA - Apr 30, 2008Microsoft stops delivery of Vista SP1, Windows XP SP3TECH.BLORGE.com, Australia - Apr 30, 2008Delay in XP SP3 Will Let Microsoft Put Up Dynamics FilterNewsFactor Network, CA - Apr 30, 2008Windows XP SP3 Release to Web delayedI4U - Apr 30, 2008Incompatibility sidelines service packs as Microsoft tries to find ...TechRepublic, KY - Apr 30, 2008Microsoft XP SP3 delayedPocket-lint.co.uk, UK - Apr 30, 2008
quote: See these tips of MVP Jupiter Jones (most will apply to WinXP SP3):http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/xpsp.htm. Ditto for most of what you'll findin these subforums: http://aumha.net/index.php?c=16Here are a few things you can do that should help you avoid most problems:1. Make absolutely sure the machine's free of any hijackware, Trojan, orvirus infections before installing SP3.2. Run Disk Cleanup then run a Defrag session before installing SP3.3. Disable all real-time protections (anti-virus; anti-spyware; third-partyfirewall) before installing SP3.4. Reboot twice after installing SP3.--~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002AumHa VSOP & Admin http://aumha.netDTS-L http://dts-l.net/
quote: I have yet to see anyone use the 'm$' thing in a positive way