Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Dec 2007 10:17 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Windows Microsoft has posted the release candidate of Windows XP Service Pack 3 to its download site. The move marks the first opportunity for all users of the six-year-old operating system to try out its final upgrade. Previously, several thousand users were given access to test builds of SP3 only by Microsoft's invitation. Update: I just installed the RC on my Windows XP MCE installation, and it all went fairly painless. I haven't noticed anything radically different either yet.
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Nice move
by Nephelim on Thu 20th Dec 2007 10:49 UTC
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Well, like or need Windows or not, it is obviously clear for me that given the Vista "failure", Windows XP needed a revamp. It is a pain to install a new system with Windows XP and have to download lots and lots of upgrades to the system. This SP3 can help with that, and I like that Microsoft makes it public.

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RE: Nice move
by jayson.knight on Thu 20th Dec 2007 16:36 in reply to "Nice move"
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"Windows XP needed a revamp."

This wasn't a revamp, and certainly not as large as SP2 for XP was. Besides, MS has made it very clear for a while now that XP SP3 would ship at the same time as Vista SP1.

Agreed that it's a good move on MS's part to make the RC's public though. Everyone wins.

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RE[2]: Nice move
by Johann Chua on Fri 21st Dec 2007 12:24 in reply to "RE: Nice move"
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I'll be impressed if Vista SP1 needs only 50% more RAM than XP SP3.

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