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

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