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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so what's in xp sp3
by Different on Thu 20th Dec 2007 18:04 UTC
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So what's in XP SP3 in a nutshell ?

Security updates? speed improvement ?

Does it have the new RDP 6 client ?

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RE: so what's in xp sp3
by google_ninja on Thu 20th Dec 2007 18:49 in reply to "so what's in xp sp3"
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it is pretty much a maintenance release and a patch rollup, but apparently there is a 10% performance boost from things they have changed

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RE[2]: so what's in xp sp3
by Cellar Dweller on Thu 20th Dec 2007 19:27 in reply to "so what's in xp sp3"
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What he said. If you keep your system up to date as you should then SP3 really is nothing except the so called performance boot and a few other items not yet mentioned as additions. The performance boost probably is nothing more than a few registry tweaks.

This SP will be nothing like SP2 was it's more or less a rollup as mentioned but yes it should have RDP 6 Client but if you use Windows Update now you'll get that and all the other updates that will be included in one download versus the 100+ that have been released since SP2... Of course this will just make it easier to SLIPSTREAM into your SP2 and then have a single install and already be up to date without having to sit on Windows Update for over an hour...

Edited 2007-12-20 19:29

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