Friday, April 25, 2008

Windows XP Service Pack 3 Information

Microsoft recently announced that Windows XP Service Pack 3 has reached RTM, with that, and almost immediately, it leaked, reaching Torrent websites, and personal mirrors around the internet. I’ve even had a chance to test it myself, and I’m glad to say that it was well worth the wait, almost immediately I’ve noticed a performance increase on low end machines. For those individuals who haven’t had access to the build, Microsoft plans a phased release for the Service Pack.

Windows XP Service Pack 3 is currently making it’s rounds to the OEMs, followed by general availability in Windows Update Microsoft Download Center. MSDN/Technet subscribers are next, getting it around May 02nd. I’ll post the full availability dates at the end of this article. SP3 is to be the last Service Pack for Windows XP, as Microsoft intends to stop sales of the popular OS by June.

Detailed Release Schedule

Release to Manufacturing – April 21st

OEM – April 21st

Windows Update – April 29th

Microsoft Downlaod Centre – April 29th

MSDN/Technet Subscriber Download - May 2nd

Windows XP SP3 Fulfillment Media – May 19th

VL Customers via download – June 1st

Automatic Updates – June 10th

You can get more information on Service Pack 3, including the newest features that made it into RTM from Microsoft's documentation.

Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Windows XP SP3 Download

It was bound to happen sooner or later, now the RTM of Service Pack 3 for Windows XP is finally available through less than conventional means. I'll continue to post links as I get them, as far as I know, this is the real deal.

HTTP Download - UK


Bittorrent Download

Windows XP SP3 + Other Stuff....

Rather than making this a simple post about wanting to become more active in my blog, I'll put some meat and potatoes behind this post, and rant like I usually do.

 

If anyone's been following the current tech news, they'll know the debacle with Windows XP Service Pack 3. Granted I can understand Microsoft's strategy behind wanting to prolong the release of the thing in order to drive more users to Vista SP1, but they need to understand at this point that a lot of people are on XP because they WANT to be, not because they just failed to update, or not noticed that Vista is out. We'll pull example from Windows 98 -> ME -> 2000 -> XP. Consumer Windows users, the Average Joe who doesn't care what they're running, as long as it works, have never really caught whim of Windows 2000, it was an incredible OS, but it was mainly geared towards business users.

 

The point I'm trying to make is that, all OS upgrades since Windows 1.0, has had the bloat feel. Windows 98 users, who couldn't stand Windows ME, stayed with XP due to pretty much the same reasons many XP users refuse to upgrade to Vista. Unstableness, driver issues, irritating additions (subtraction even, as with the removal of native DOS), and so on. There will always, ALWAYS, be that feel of bloat with any Windows upgrade, that's just the way it is. Then the product stays out in the wild, more people user it, more hardware distributors create drivers for it, and the OS becomes more stable. This quickened with the implementation of Service Packs with Windows NT 4.  Granted Average Joe consumers only got a feel for Service Packs in XP, since NT4, and 2000 were both business OS's.

 

I'm already seeing this with Windows Vista, granted there is a bit of bitterness, but for me it's time to move on and say farewell to Windows XP. Perhaps I fell into the ploy that Microsoft was trying to play with delaying SP3? Honestly, No, SP3 was RTM'd when I felt it was time for a final upgrade. I had an irritating time with nVidia drivers, but that's for another post at a later time.

 

The topics I tried to get at here was Microsoft, with delaying SP3 a bit to get Vista SP1 more exposure, probably didn't give them the results they were looking for, despite how well the OS is selling, it's still not doing half as well as XP, and probably never will, XP was THE perfect OS. There is honestly no doubt in my mind that Vista will take it's place with stability, it's just not it's time yet, and I'm holding out hopes that they've learned their lesson with Vista and put what they've learned into Windows 7. We'll just have to wait and see.