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Microsoft Quietly Readies Windows XP Update

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Just days after Microsoft Corp. delivered a release candidate preview for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), it has quietly issued a similar milestone for Windows XP SP3 to about 15,000 testers, the company said. The service pack, the last major update to the six-year-old operating system, is slated for release sometime in the first half of 2008. Microsoft has not been more specific than that six-month stretch, and Tuesday even took the time to remind everyone that the half-year window is not a lock. "We are targeting [the first half of] 2008 for the release of XP SP3 RTM [release to manufacturing], though our timing will always be based on customer feedback as a first priority," a company spokesperson said.

As with Vista SP1, Microsoft at some point will offer a Windows XP SP3 beta to anyone who wants it, the spokesperson said. That timetable, however, was just as iffy as the final release's, with availability set only as "a later date."

Microsoft has said little about what will be in Windows XP SP3, and in general has been reluctant to even mention the update as it publicizes the progress of Vista SP1 in company blogs and regular communications with the press. Analysts have speculated that Microsoft, which has already made several XP-related concessions, including extending support for the aged OS and pushing the end of retail and OEM sales out five more months, wants to downplay SP3 to make sure it doesn't steal any more thunder from Windows Vista.

According to accounts published last month, XP SP3 will feature more than 1,000 hot fixes and patches that have been issued in the past three years, as well as at least four new features, some of which will be ports of Vista tools.

Windows XP debuted in October 2001 and was last updated as SP2 in August 2004.

Source: PC World
 
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SP3 actually fixed some quirks for me. I am in an utter state of shock. But it is like 6 yrs late haha.
 
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bout time they decided to do another SP. You know how annoying it is after doing a clean install of XP to have to download TONS of updates?!
 
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autopatcher ftw
 

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You know what would be even cooler than another service pack? Is if they would release DX10 for XP.:mad:
 

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You know what would be even cooler than another service pack? Is if they would release DX10 for XP.:mad:
Aint ever goin to happen :cool:
 
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Thought this was appropriate:




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if anyone wants to try out sp3 theres a way to get it *cough*
 
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holla
 
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Personally I am waiting to see another BS patch like went into Windows 2000 that adds a timer to shutdown and boot....
 
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Can this be slipstreamed into a current xp sp2 disc and still fit it on a single 700meg disc?
Yes, and people have images out (with the beta I know, RC1 soon I'm sure).
 
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Little things that really piss you off. One that I noticed immediately was that AIM windows opened instantly. I was getting a big pause after my actions. It hasn't acted retarded at all since I installed SP3. Like when it runs for multiple days, it would normally flake out or start being slow (I never turn off my comp). It seems a bit more responsive overall, too. I haven't had any BSOD (unless they were my fault lol). Things like that for me.
 

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how about DX10 apart of XP since many are hacking it anyway.
 
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dx10 on xp wont hapen
 
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And from the games we've seen so far using DX10 there is no reason to want it either :rolleyes:
 

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For rizeal? Holla at yo boi! <G>

Im all for this. But ya know, Friday, when we were out at the Black Friday sales...I actually looked on some comps with my bro (he came up from Jacksonville FLorida) and was testing out Vista. Man, if that is just not one of the coolest OS' Ive ever seen. Even on a crap tastic system they had it on, it flowed smoothly. The Widgets (not extraordinary, Ive had them from yahoo and such) were nice and the whole system flowed. I never did figure out how to turn on Aero to do the 3d views of windows opened (I only got 2 mins to check it out) but I was thoroughly impressed.