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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RE: Nice move
by jayson.knight on Thu 20th Dec 2007 16:36 UTC in reply to "Nice move"
jayson.knight
Member since:
2005-07-06

"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"
Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

I'll be impressed if Vista SP1 needs only 50% more RAM than XP SP3.

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RE[3]: Nice move
by jayson.knight on Fri 21st Dec 2007 13:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice move"
jayson.knight Member since:
2005-07-06

"I'll be impressed if Vista SP1 needs only 50% more RAM than XP SP3."

RAM pressure in Vista is caused by Super Fetch; I thought everyone knew that by now. Turning off the SuperFetch service will free up memory if you want to reclaim it though...however that's wasted memory that could be better used prefetching pages that the OS has determined it will need.

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