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Microsoft opens the floodgates for XP SP3 RC2

While Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) has received the bulk of the attention for the past few months, there's another service pack eagerly awaited for Windows users: Windows XP SP3.

Microsoft released SP3 to testers last week, but the general public can now download the service pack via Windows Update. Users have to first download a small registry file from Microsoft which gives them special access to Windows Update to download SP3.

"The script sets a registry key on your system. The registry key is required for Windows Update to recognize your machine as a valid target for Windows XP Service Pack 3 RC2," states Microsoft. "It is recommended that you apply the resulting update package to an activated, genuine copy of Windows XP, in a test environment."

Users are also asked to remove any previous beta or release candidate versions of SP3 before proceeding with the latest update.

Some of the new functionality included with SP3 include Black hole router detection, Network Access Protection, Credentials security service provider and the Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module.

Microsoft says that the RTM version of Service Pack 3 will be available during the first half of 2008. If all goes well with RC2 testing, we should see the final code shortly.

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By ThePooBurner on 2/20/2008 3:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
You are forgetting those that don't want to use IE7, which is forced onto you if you use windows update to patch. Or those who might not have a computer that would do the updates in that little time. I know when i had to update this box after 2 years on the shelf it took more than an hour.

By NinjaJedi on 2/20/2008 4:23:24 PM , Rating: 2
I did not forget IE7 because I installed IE7 and it only took an extra minute or two. Cant you just uncheck an item before you start the download or use the *custom* instead of *express*? Also Since the guy I was responding to says he is upgrading I would assume that he will be doing it with up to date hardware. A dual/quad core CPU and more RAM does really help though. Having a raptor probably didn't hurt me any either. I still don't think an extra 10 or so minutes of downloading SP2 patches and SP3 is "suffering"

By callmeroy on 2/20/2008 4:24:19 PM , Rating: 2
You are forgetting those that don't want to use IE7, which is forced onto you if you use windows update to patch.

Since when? Just do the custom option and remove IE7 from the update. Unless they changed this VERY recently (just did a custom Windows Update last week and didn't install IE7).

By kzrssk on 2/20/2008 6:34:52 PM , Rating: 2
There's the regkey that blocks IE7 from Windows Update. And, in a pinch, even if you accidentally download it, it will prompt you before you install it if you really don't want to.

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