Tuesday, May 6th 2008

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) Released to Web and Windows Update

Today, Windows XP Service Pack (SP3) has officially hit the Release to Web (RTW) milestone. The third service pack for Windows XP is now available both on Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center.
Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes all previously released updates for the operating system. This update also includes a small number of new functionalities, which do not significantly change customers’ experience with the operating system. This white paper summarizes what is new in Windows XP SP3.
DOWNLOAD: Network Installation (316.4MB) | ISO CD Image File (545MB).Source: Ars Technica
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66 Comments on Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) Released to Web and Windows Update

#2
Snake05
I'm just waiting for the headlines tomorrow about how many problems this has created, and will be removed for "further" revision...
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#3
eidairaman1
i think i will install this once i reinstall windows, which i have no plans on doing anytime soon.
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#4
ShadowFold
Does this work with X64 and is it worth it?
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#5
Ravenas
Nice I'm downloading it now...XP just keeps getting better and better :)
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#6
thoughtdisorder
Thanks Malware! While I won't be rushing to update until a few days from now, I've been waiting for SP3 for my lappy! (Think I'll let some other folks be the "Pioneers") :cool:
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#7
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
I just updated... here is proof.
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#8
thoughtdisorder
PVTCaboose1337 said:
I just updated... here is proof.
Excellent!:toast:

Will be interested in hearing what you think after you play a bit..:D
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#9
ShadowFold
PVTCaboose1337 said:
I just updated... here is proof.
Any performance gains or losses?
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#10
Exavier
what differences are you seeing, Pvt? :)
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#11
entilza
Has anyone uninstalled the latest SP3 Build then re-install the official SP3? If so please let me know of any issues... Thanks!
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#12
Nicksterr
what is the diff b/t the network installation and the iso cd image file? the network installation is what was leaked everywhere...
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#13
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
My guess would be that the CD ISO has all of the localization (languages) included in it.
The network install probably checks your locale and gives you the one you need.

Just a guess though.
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#14
..'Ant'..
I dont see much of a difference between SP2 to SP3. :cool:
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#15
erocker
entilza said:
Has anyone uninstalled the latest SP3 Build then re-install the official SP3? If so please let me know of any issues... Thanks!
I did a while back and eventually ran into issues. Though, I can't be for certain that the issues were due to the process. I would recommend doing a fresh install if you're up to it.:)
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#16
KoD
ShadowFold said:
Does this work with X64 and is it worth it?
Doesn't work with x64.

"Windows XP SP3 is for x86 editions of Windows XP only. The x64 editions of Windows XP were serviced by Windows Server 2003 SP2."
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#17
ITman
entilza said:
Has anyone uninstalled the latest SP3 Build then re-install the official SP3? If so please let me know of any issues... Thanks!
Installed SP3 on two PCs. One had SP3-beta on it before, one clean SP2 installation. No issues to report in either case.
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#19
Joshmcmillan
I downloaded and installed it a few days ago. It's been working great ever since. Haven't had any problems at all or noticed a difference (good or bad).
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#20
trog100
so what exactly does it do.. does anybody have the faintest idea.. ???

trog

ps..just read the thingy.. pretty much nothing it seems so why bother..
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#21
KoD
trog100 said:
so what exactly does it do.. does anybody have the faintest idea.. ???

trog

ps..just read the thingy.. pretty much nothing it seems so why bother..
See your signature. ;)
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#22
spud107
trog100 said:
so what exactly does it do.. does anybody have the faintest idea.. ???

trog

ps..just read the thingy.. pretty much nothing it seems so why bother..
apart from not having to install a shitload of updates to an sp2 install,
saves so much time having an sp3 cd to install xp if needed,
its not as if they can make xp any faster, that requires new hardware for that.
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#23
panchoman
Sold my stars!
yay its finnally here
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#24
Dr. Spankenstein
Meh, I had the RC months ago. No big whoop then.

Unless the has been some major additions then only thing this will be worthwile for is slipstreaming.

I'm confused as to why everyone is "all a'twitter" about this? DX10 ain't gonna be in it! On the positive it at least creates the illusion that M$ will be supporting this OS for a while longer....
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#25
Morgoth
can anny one tell me how i can change the language of my computer ? so i can instal this update
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