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Today we are happy to announce that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) has released to manufacturing (RTM). Windows XP SP3 bits are now working their way through our manufacturing channels to be available to OEM and Enterprise customers.

 

We are also in the final stages of preparing for release to the web (i.e. you!) on April 29th, via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center. Online documentation for Windows XP SP3, such as Microsoft Knowledge Base articles and the Microsoft TechNet Windows XP TechCenter, will be updated then. For customers who use Windows XP at home, Windows XP SP3 Automatic Update distribution for users at home will begin in early summer.

 

Thanks to everyone here who installed the public betas ? you not only gave us detailed feedback but also helped each other out with timely troubleshooting. Through the beta program we found several important issues and were able to confirm some essential fixes. We couldn?t have done this without you.

 

We will still be monitoring this forum during the next few weeks in case you have more feedback about the release of Windows XP SP3.

 

On behalf of myself, Shashank Bansal and Windows Serviceability, many thanks.

 

Chris Keroack

Release Manager, Windows XP Service Pack 3

Windows Serviceability

 

Source:forums.microsoft.com

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Windows XP SP3 - detailed by channel schedule, planned dates (US)

 

* RTM (release to manufacturing) Apr - 21st

* OEM Channel Apr - 21st

* Windows Update Apr - 29th

* Download Centre Apr - 29th

* MSDN/Technet Download May - 02nd

* Windows XP SP3 Fulfillment Media May - 19th

* VL Customers via download Jun - 01st

* Automatic Updates Jun - 10th

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http://news.softpedia.com/news/XP-SP3-and-...ath-82804.shtml

 

XP SP3 and Vista SP1 Black Screens of Death

- Fix available from Microsoft

KB951126 article.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951126/

 

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-XP-...ies-82729.shtml

The third and final service pack for Windows XP is not even out the door, and security company Symantec has already warned of a security vulnerability impacting XP SP3. With the advent of Windows Vista

 

* April 29, 2008: Microsoft Update, Windows Update, Download Center

* June 10, 2008: Automatic Updates

 

http://www.neowin.net/news/main/08/04/15/w...3-release-dates

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http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPo...4&SiteID=17

 

CD images of the update package will be available at Microsoft Download Center on 4/29.

 

An online ordering tool for the same, similar to what is available for other service packs, will be available within the next month.

ver not beta is it stable? well time will tell test it for me Please still got most of it on autouodate one P.C die one to go?

 

ttp://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9079645

 

TechNet subscribers rip Microsoft over XP SP3 'farce'

IT pros, developers incredulous that it will be available publicly before they can test

no Test? & it out?

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http://www.heise-online.co.uk/news/Microso...pdates--/110635

 

30 April 2008, 13:03

Microsoft postpones automatic Service Pack updates

 

Microsoft has delayed the distribution of its recent Service Packs for Windows XP and Windows Vista by Windows Update.

 

Service Pack 3 for Windows XP was to be made available on April 29 for all users as a download and via auto update, but

 

according to a blog entry published by Microsoft exec Chris Kerouac, Microsoft has a compatibility problem between the

 

recently completed Service Pack 3 for Windows XP

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Windows XP SP3 - detailed by channel schedule, planned dates (US)

 

* RTM (release to manufacturing) Apr - 21st

* OEM Channel Apr - 21st

* Windows Update Apr - 29th

* Download Centre Apr - 29th

* MSDN/Technet Download May - 02nd

* Windows XP SP3 Fulfillment Media May - 19th

* VL Customers via download Jun - 01st

* Automatic Updates Jun - 10th

 

take a look of these dates icedrake :)

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Did you reinstall your computer before installing SP3, Hazelnut?

Just for reference Icedrake this is the way I did it. (Remember this way worked for me, I am not saying this is the way)

 

Already had SP2.

Put screensaver to hundreds of minutes (hate it coming on when I'm downloading)

Went here to download and chose a mirror

 

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4323.html

Chose save to desktop.

It took an hour without any problems, it's busy of course just now.

When it was finished downloading I went offline and turned off my virus software by right-clicking taskbar icon, and choosing exit or shutdown, and confirming it and closing any other things running that I didn't need (Don't worry your anti virus should just startup again when you reboot at the end of this)

I left my firewall on (not the windows one) as it has a learning mode and by leaving it on it reduced the popups that I got when I rebooted.

 

Then I double clicked on the desktop download icon.

It took quite a while to install and once or twice there seemed to be no hard drive activity for a moment or two but then it would chug away again.

When I was finished it asked if I would like to reboot now or later, I said now.

It took just a little while longer than normal to reboot which I think is understandable. There were a couple of little black cmd windows flash up briefly and then it asked if I wanted windows updates on automatic (may not ask if you already have this selected)

 

And that was that, I rebooted a couple more times just to check desktop loading time and all was okay.

 

Cannot really notice any difference really :)

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What does Belarc Advisor display?

 

My display

Operating System   Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3, v.3264 (build 2600)

 

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Hmm, the license agreement stated not once, but twice that it was a pre-release. :angry:

I'll just wait for the end-user ISO CD image files to be published in the Microsoft Download Center.

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What does Belarc Advisor display?

 

My display

Operating System   Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3, v.3264 (build 2600)

 

 

I use System Information for Windows (SIW) Kenny and it states I have SP3 build 2600 and then the numbers 080413-2111 which is the Final of SP3

 

MD5: BB25707C919DD835A9D9706B5725AF58

 

 

There are a lot of stories flying about at the moment about it's not really a final and so on.

 

I'm quite confident that I have the final version.

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The RTM of XP SP3 is officially scheduled for April 29.

I would not mess with anything else until then. <_<

 

Silj

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i just hope Microsoft is true to their words that they will release SP3 in public on april 29 thru windows update :)..they better get their databases ready cause' many users will download it right away.:D

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