Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 7th Oct 2007 14:53 UTC, submitted by Margret Hennesy
Windows The first officially-released build of Windows XP SP3 has surfaced, with 1073 patches/hotfixes and several new features. This build has been made available to testers as a part of the Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 beta program and is available in English, German, and Japanese.
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Randon Thought
by Googlesaurus on Sun 7th Oct 2007 17:14 UTC
Googlesaurus
Member since:
2005-10-19

Before everyone dashes off to locate and install SP-3,
I would consider it highly likely this will deactivate all XP systems activated via "alternative means".

Think about this before you mess up your day.....

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RE: Randon Thought
by cmost on Sun 7th Oct 2007 18:19 in reply to "Randon Thought"
cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

Wow, way to go insinuating that OSnews readers are a bunch of pirates! Don't worry... I'm sure those that went through the hassle of obtaining and "activating" their Windows via alternative means aren't going to fall into Microsoft's little traps easily. But, thanks for the concern nonetheless.

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RE[2]: Randon Thought
by IceCubed on Sun 7th Oct 2007 20:13 in reply to "RE: Randon Thought"
IceCubed Member since:
2005-07-01

Ofcaurse a lot of OSnews readers are a bunch of pirates!

I got my Windows for free, via msdn. So did a lot of people here.

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RE[2]: Randon Thought
by Googlesaurus on Sun 7th Oct 2007 22:58 in reply to "RE: Randon Thought"
Googlesaurus Member since:
2005-10-19

"Wow, way to go insinuating that OSnews readers are a bunch of pirates!"

You sound far too nieve to be credible. Try being honest for a change, it won't kill ya.

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RE: Randon Thought
by BluenoseJake on Sun 7th Oct 2007 23:33 in reply to "Randon Thought"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

My copy is legal, thank you very much

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RE[2]: Randon Thought
by buff on Sun 7th Oct 2007 23:48 in reply to "RE: Randon Thought"
buff Member since:
2005-11-12

Uh, my copy, is er, legal now too. A couple months ago though I was, uh, misled into, uh, installing an unmarked XP CD. But I have seen the error of my way now and it is all legal and good. For the record, I would like to say I had no knowledge the CD, was, er, not legitimate. I did not have inappropriate use of that CD. ;-)

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RE[2]: Randon Thought
by justin.68 on Mon 8th Oct 2007 14:40 in reply to "Randon Thought"
justin.68 Member since:
2006-09-16

My copy was, thanks to heaven, illegal. Applying a fix broke my 32-bit XP. I recovered it, retried, rebroke it. Good-bye XP. No SP3 needed here. I like trying before purchasing.

Edited 2007-10-08 14:46

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