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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The SP relsase after a version release
by jboss1995 on Thu 20th Dec 2007 16:01 UTC
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I wont lie I'm not a MS fan, but I do support a lot of MS computers. Has anyone else noticed that to SP release after a version release always seems to make the OS run buggy and slower? I first noticed this after NT4, when 2000 came out the next SP for NT4 seemed to slow it down then thing started to crash. Same thing with 2000 when XP came out. It could be that the next version was that much better that it made its predecessor feel that way, not sure. Just thought I would ask if anyone else has noticed this and if there are checks for this kind of thing?

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andrewg Member since:

Prior to this release people who had access to the "XP3 very near RC" build reported the SP3 was significantly faster than SP2.

I did a google for "xp sp3 benchmarks" and here are the first 3 results.

Windows XP SP3 Yields Performance Gains (

Windows XP outshines Vista in benchmarking test (

Early Tests Say SP3 Speeds Windows XP (,139911-c,xp/article.html)

So it seems that you have nothing to worry about and Microsoft should be commended.

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