Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Windows XP SP3 Released To Manufacturing

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the last-in-a-distinguished-line dept.

Windows 323

mike_diack was one of many readers to send word that Windows XP SP3 been released to manufacturing. It will be available to OEMs and enterprise customers on April 29. Here is a summary of features and changes. The company will wait till "early summer" to enable SP3 downloads through Automatic Updates.

cancel ×

323 comments

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

I will slipstream it and add the driver pack to my (4, Informative)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153030)

I will slipstream it and add the driver pack to my disks.

http://driverpacks.net/DriverPacks/ [driverpacks.net]

Re:I will slipstream it and add the driver pack to (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153202)

This reminds me of another turd....

A few years ago, while browsing around the library downtown, I had to take a piss. As I entered the john, a big beautiful all-American football hero type, about twenty five, came out of one of the booths. I stood at the urinal looking at him out of the corner of my eye as he washed his hands. He didn't once look at me. He was "straight" and married -- and in any case I was sure I wouldn't have a chance with him.

As soon as he left, I darted into the booth he'd vacated, hoping there might be a lingering smell of shit and even a seat still warm from his sturdy young ass. I found not only the smell but the shit itself. He'd forgotten to flush. And what a treasure he had left behind. Three or four beautiful specimens floated in the bowl. It apparently had been a fairly dry, constipated shit, for all were fat, stiff, and ruggedly textured. The real prize was a great feast of turd -- a nine inch gastrointestinal triumph as thick as a man's wrist. I knelt before the bowl, inhaling the rich brown fragrance and wondered if I should obey the impulse building up inside me. I'd always been a heavy rimmer and had lapped up more than one little clump of shit, but that had been just an inevitable part of eating ass and not an end in itself.

Of course I'd had jerkoff fantasies of devouring great loads of it (what rimmer hasn't?), but I had never done it. Now, here I was, confronted with the most beautiful five-pound turd I'd ever feasted my eyes on, a sausage fit to star in any fantasy and one I knew to have been hatched from the asshole of the world's handsomest young stud.

Why not? I plucked it from the bowl, holding it with both hands to keep it from breaking.

I lifted it to my nose. It smelled like rich, ripe limburger (horrid, but thrilling), yet had the consistency of cheddar. What is cheese anyway but milk turning to shit without the benefit of a digestive tract? I gave it a lick and found that it tasted better then it smelled. I've found since then that shit nearly almost does. I hesitated no longer. I shoved the fucking thing as far into my mouth as I could get it and sucked on it like a big brown cock, beating my meat like a madman. I wanted to completely engulf it and bit off a large chunk, flooding my mouth with the intense, bittersweet flavor. To my delight I found that while the water in the bowl had chilled the outside of the turd, it was still warm inside. As I chewed I discovered that it was filled with hard little bits of something I soon identified as peanuts. He hadn't chewed them carefully and they'd passed through his body virtually unchanged. I ate it greedily, sending lump after peanutty lump sliding scratchily down my throat. My only regret was the donor of this feast wasn't there to wash it down with his piss. I soon reached a terrific climax. I caught my cum in the cupped palm of my hand and drank it down. Believe me, there is no more delightful combination of flavors than the hot sweetness of cum with the rich bitterness of shit. Afterwards I was sorry that I hadn't made it last longer. But then I realized that I still had a lot of fun in store for me. There was still a clutch of virile turds left in the bowl. I tenderly fished them out, rolled them into my hankercheif, and stashed them in my briefcase.

In the week to come I found all kinds of ways to eat the shit without bolting it right down. Once eaten it's gone forever unless you want to filch it third hand out of your own asshole -- not an unreasonable recourse in moments of desperation or simple boredom.

I stored the turds in the refrigerator when I was not using them but within a week they were all gone.

The last one I held in my mouth without chewing, letting it slowly dissolve. I had liquid shit trickling down my throat for nearly four hours. I must have had six orgasms in the process. I often think of that lovely young guy dropping solid gold out of his sweet, pink asshole every day, never knowing what joy it could, and at least once did,bring to a grateful shiteater.

I will download and have a look... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23154118)

ISO or BIN/CUE?
plz seed thx :)

First (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153032)

don't care post about Windows.

RTM? (1, Troll)

Dr.D.IS.GREAT (1249946) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153044)

if sp3 is really at RTM status that is a waste, the end of retail XP is nigh, and vista is pretty much the only thing on the shelves right now with OEM builds, we are all boned...

Re:RTM? (5, Insightful)

The Second Horseman (121958) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153444)

You're not really the customer for this if you're thinking retail. Sure, it's a patch set for end-users, but the main target is corporate / volume license customers (for example, higher ed) customers who want updated media, drivers, etc. and don't want to move to Vista yet. They're still going to be able to get and use XP (downgrade rights) via their license agreement, and many will probably use XP for another couple of years.

Re:RTM? (1)

notamisfit (995619) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153878)

Well, except for the ones who are contemplating upgrading their Windows 2000 systems. (I install embedded PC's for GE wind turbines, and they're still running Win2k.)

Re:RTM? (3, Funny)

MeMeMeMe (1073430) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153514)

??? What planet do you live on? Vista is as efficient as an elephant in a phone booth. ???

Re:RTM? (5, Funny)

Unnngh! (731758) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153600)

Something must have been pretty damn efficient to fit an elephant into a telephone booth.

Re:RTM? (3, Funny)

theeddie55 (982783) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153644)

not really, there's no specifics on the size of the elephant (or the phone booth)

Re:RTM? (5, Funny)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153864)

Legend has it that Vista the Elephant was wandering about on the beach, minding its own business, when it spied a piano on a small island just offshore, at his favorite bar, The Funky Trunk. TFT had a land bridge briefly at low tide, but the water formed a moat to keep out the riff-raff most of the time. The durable unit sat outside on the deck, adjacent the call box. (But don't let the delightfully retro rotary dial, the old style mouthpiece, or the earpiece with the frayed, cloth-covered cord within the weathered, almost out-house-ish callbox distract you from the ivories on the piano, or the ivory on the shore, or you'll screw up the pacing of this admittedly predictable short story).
Something of a piano aficionado , the elephant wandered out to the island to relive an Anderson and Roe [andersonroe.net] moment.
Suddenly, a shark appeared between the elephant and the island, water barely deep enough for the sleek menace to move!
Turning in alarm, the elephant started to move back to the shore. Another shark! What to do? Arriving at full panic, the elephant leapt with stunning mechanical efficiency clear over the first predator, landing in the phone booth.
Now you know the story of how Vista jumped the shark [wikipedia.org] .

Old news? (0, Redundant)

cabledaddy3 (1262310) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153052)

Wasn't this release a while ago with an April date for downloading via windows update? Now it's end of summer? I've been using it for quite some time now. Seems to be working fine. My wife primarily uses that computer and never complains of any problems. It is also the computer with the shared external drive for all of my media and backups. No networking problems either.

MS: Making the impossible possible! (5, Funny)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153056)

Remember when XP SP3 was impossible which was why everyone had to change to Vista?

Re:MS: Making the impossible possible! (2, Funny)

10101001 10101001 (732688) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153312)

So, is Microsoft the Eternal Sword or Origin?

Patching is AWESOME! (5, Funny)

urbanriot (924981) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153058)

OMG, I can't wait, only 8 more days until I can patch my system with SP3! So exciting... patches... wooo!!!

MS: "Our customers are our beta testers." (2, Insightful)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153548)

Don't get too excited. Remember the Microsoft motto: "Our customers are our beta testers." Remember that Microsoft is the Chief of Grief -- Let someone else have the pain. Wait until the bugs are found; SP3 version 3 may be the one you want.

Windows XP was first released in 2001. Windows XP created severe problems for us until SP2 was released in 2004 [microsoft.com] .

So, Windows XP gave us 3 years of misery and 3 years of relative usefulness, but with extreme vulnerability to malware. And now Microsoft has declared the death of Windows XP in June 2008.

Is it any wonder why people don't want Windows Vista?

An indication of the hassle people had with downloading 3 years of updates is this quote from Paul Thurrott, who is over-the-top pro-Microsoft, and who often apologizes for Microsoft's abusiveness in a way that tries to make abusive behavior sound less destructive: ... the 100+ updates that Microsoft has shipped since SP2 can be a nightmare to deploy. [winsupersite.com]

My opinion is that Microsoft is very badly managed. Windows XP gave us 50% big hassles and 50% mild hassles. Do you want to partner with a company that has so frequently abused you in the past?

Re:MS: "Our customers are our beta testers." (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153938)

Windows 2000 was the last even slightly useful OS released from MS. As of XP with the activation shit all you get is trouble. I'm a developer and constantly change hardware configs or reinstall. The activation crap pisses me off to no end. I hate having to call Microsoft just because I added a stick of RAM or had to replace a dead hard-drive. Fucking bastards.

Re:MS: "Our customers are our beta testers." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23154104)

"XP with the activation shit"

A certain keygen will generate the telephone activation code for free.

Re:Patching is AWESOME! (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153618)

No, you got it wrong. "Sweet Pickles is awesome." In fact, "Sweet Pickles is great!"

(and if anyone catches the reference, you have my sympathy.)

Umm... (3, Insightful)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153060)

Isn't it kinda late to be releasing to manufactures? How much more will they be able to use it?

Re:Umm... (2, Informative)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153384)

Some customers like their service packs on shiny CD's. Those actually get made somewhere.

So much service! (4, Insightful)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153074)

While I love the fact that my OS is being helped along and that they are keeping it up to date, I am still a little annoyed that the "follow up" OS is really still about as useful as a bucket full of random sized bolts.

Though I love gaming, each month seems to bring me closer and closer to blowing away all three of my windows boxes and replacing them with a distro of Ubuntu or something similar. My lack of knowledge is the one thing keeping that at bay for now.

When will Microsoft simply get the fact that a flashy desktop DOES NOT COMPENSATE FOR A SHITTY OS.

Re:So much service! (2, Interesting)

aliquis (678370) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153322)

Personally I wouldn't compare computer and console gaming, I like my RTS and Quake and neither works good on console I assume. Anyway, at a console you do indeed get gaming without a stupid OS ;D. So if there are any approriate time to mention console gaming this must be it.

Regarding lack of knowledge have no fear, today there are so many more users, documentation, forums, and what not, and support for various things have improved and the desktops are better and so on. For just using Ubuntu I doubt you need any knowledge at all, basic understanding on how the package manager works and you are done.

Re:So much service! (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153698)

Anyway, at a console you do indeed get gaming without a stupid OS ;D.
Not always. I can think of two ways that the Wii operating system is stupid. First, it requires all code to be signed, and Nintendo's code signing policy explicitly shuts out developers in home offices. Second, even for end users, you can't just insert the disc and go; you have to use the Wii Remote to point twice, even if you plan to use a GameCube controller to actually play the game (e.g. GCN games or Brawl).

Re:So much service! (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153860)

Ok, I didn't knew if they even used console hosted OSes or not. But I think that adding "stupid" before it covered the occasion where that may be. (But now when I type it I recall that the Xbox used some Windows CE-based/evolved OS didn't it?)

I have never seen a Wii in reallife so I have no idea how it is. I don't know if "how to boot" should count as something OS deficient or not (even if it may indeed run on top of an OS in this case.)

Thanks for the info anyway. If you now more about the OSes in consoles feel free to tell me more. But maybe this thread isn't the place for that :)

dospam@gmail.com

Re:So much service! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153354)

Ubuntu most of the time requires no specific knowledge. Start the live cd, double click the install icon and click next. Wait fifteen minutes and you have a stable system.

Re:So much service! (2)

notamisfit (995619) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153904)

Unless your hardware isn't supported (ie Broadcom). Then you're pretty much boned. Other than that, it's all good.

Re:So much service! (5, Insightful)

Bandman (86149) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153356)

Wanna bet on whether or not it "accidently" breaks enough machines to convince people to upgrade?

Re:So much service! (1)

ehrichweiss (706417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153530)

The parent's comment is proof positive there needs to be a "Sad but True" for moderation.

Re:So much service! (1)

schnikies79 (788746) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153834)

No, there needs to be a tinfoil-hat mod.

Re:So much service! (5, Informative)

pizpot (622748) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153866)

been using it since it went out March 28th on MSDN... it is fine.

Re:So much service! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153818)

Well, if you own an Abit 965 or IP35 board, watchout! Ubuntu 7.10 and, supposedly, 8.04 have issues with the ICH8 chipset.

So I'm going to install 7.04 which purpotedly installs and runs just fine while using 4 of the ports.

Re:So much service! (5, Informative)

pizpot (622748) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153846)

How to do your Windows/Ubuntu PC, with 2 hardrives:

drive 1,120GB (operating systems and windows programs)
drive 2 200GB+ (linux data)

partition drive 1 into four partitions of this size:

1. 20G - for XP (fat32)
2. 20G - for XP backup (fat32)
3. 60G - for windows data (fat32)
4. 20G - for ubuntu linux / (ext2)

partition drive 2 into 2 partitions:
1. 512 MB for linux swap
2. the rest for linux /home (ext2)

Google "hirens download" for a cd with partition and ghost programs.

Install XP on drive 1 partition 1 and patch it up and install all your stuff. Put games in a folder called "programs" on part 3. Make sure you have a router firewall so XP not get hacked right away.

Install Ubuntu linux (or whatever) to the 4th partition on drive 1, tell it to use the big partition on drive 2 as /home.

Then ghost XP to partition 2 for when it goes to shit. When that happens, just ghost it back from 2 to 1: 5 minutes beats an hour or two.

If you re-install windows, you will lose your boot menu that linux did for you. Just boot to the ubuntu cd, and click Apps, Terminal and then:
grub
find /boot/grub/stage1
-->it replies with (hd0,3)
root (hd0,3)
setup (hd0)
quit
exit

Re:So much service! (1)

T-Bone-T (1048702) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153924)

It took me hours and hours to research that. Thanks for putting it all in a simple step-by-step guide!

Re:So much service! (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 6 years ago | (#23154090)

"My lack of knowledge is the one thing keeping that at bay for now."

Install Linux on ONE of those boxes, and use the others to surf for info if you have problems with the Linux install. Want knowledge? Learn by doing.

Re:So much service! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23154174)

My lack of knowledge is the one thing keeping that at bay for now.
I have at least one friend who gave up on Ubuntu on the grounds that it was too user friendly and didn't feel like real linux any more. Just something to think about.

Re:So much service! (3, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 6 years ago | (#23154210)

I have at least one friend who gave up on Ubuntu on the grounds that it was too user friendly and didn't feel like real linux any more. Just something to think about.

Yes, I'm sure the Ubuntu development team is going to lose sleep over some flaming lunatic.

Re:So much service! (0, Flamebait)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 6 years ago | (#23154238)

Vista isn't nearly, even remotely, as bad as Slashdotters think it is. Have you actually tried it, or are you just parroting others?

In any case, it's not even in the running for "shitty." MacOS 7.0, before it was patched, would permanently corrupt itself if you removed a Font from the System Folder. THAT'S shitty. Vista is nothing close.

Can't WAIT! (1)

Poohsticks (921205) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153076)

I have to build machines occasionally and I haven't slipstreamed all the hotfixes into my WinXP cd - so just to be able to install it without having to download 70 patches and reboot forever... PRICELESS!

Vista style activation (2, Funny)

symbolset (646467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153086)

So if you paid full retail thinking you could drag XP with you when you upgrade your system...

You're stuck. Kaching. Thanks for playing.

Re:Vista style activation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153892)

I like

wait till "early summer" to enable SP3 downloads through Automatic Updates
People still use that "service"?

RTM kinda (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153102)

MSDN/Technet - Not yet. This will be available within the next month.
X_x

Here's a possible link... (2, Interesting)

Adam Zweimiller (710977) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153108)

Windows XP SP3 rev. 5503 [mydigitallife.info]

Re:Here's a possible link... (1)

Adam Zweimiller (710977) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153132)

Meh, nevermind... [tipandtrick.net]

Re:Here's a possible link... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153136)

Incorrect...

XP SP3 (RTM) Has the Build Number 5512.

April Fools Joke? (2, Interesting)

naer_dinsul (784040) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153134)

Is the fact that this was posted on April 1st a bad thing?

Re:April Fools Joke? (1)

edugeek-au (1163405) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153174)

You might wanna check your dates? :)

Re:April Fools Joke? (1)

naer_dinsul (784040) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153388)

From TFA:

Quick Details
Version: 1
Date Published: 4/1/2008
Language: English
Download Size: 428 KB - 1.0 MB

Re:April Fools Joke? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153672)

Microsoft also released Windows Mobile 6.1 on April first... And that was legit.

So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (2, Insightful)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153148)

It will be available to OEMs and enterprise customers on April 29. ... The company will wait till "early summer" to enable SP3 downloads through Automatic Updates.

So the bad guys, who can automatically generate exploits from updates in minutes [slashdot.org] will have MONTHS to generate and deploy their malware.

Good job, Microsoft!

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (5, Informative)

edugeek-au (1163405) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153220)

Windows XP SP3 - detailed by channel schedule
Channel / Release Vector
Planned dates (US)


RTM (release to manufacturing) - Apr-21
OEM Channel - Apr-21
Windows Update - Apr-29
Download Centre - Apr-29
MSDN/Technet Download - May-02
Windows XP SP3 Fulfillment Media - May-19
VL Customers via download - Jun-01
Automatic Updates - Jun-10

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (5, Insightful)

afidel (530433) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153366)

WTF? Why do MSDN and VL customers get this later than Windows Update? What exactly are we paying for?

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153460)

WTF? Why do MSDN and VL customers get this later than Windows Update? What exactly are we paying for?
For staying out of troubles.

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153510)

WTF? Why do MSDN and VL customers get this later than Windows Update? What exactly are we paying for?
Testing. ;)

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153800)

WTF? Why do MSDN and VL customers get this later than Windows Update? What exactly are we paying for?/
Testing. ;)

Alpha testing.

/fixed that for you

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153532)

Wait, you thought you pay Micro$oft for *not* getting ripped off? ;)

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153558)

if you have to ask such questions, why on earth would you pay...

wait, I think John Oliver said it best on the standup he just did about the inflatable barbeque grill.

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153562)

WTF? Montreal's Canadians just won!! Isn't that bigger news?!

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (1)

the_humeister (922869) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153592)

The REAL update...

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153598)

Paying? Aaahahahahaa ha ha hah ahaha!

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (1)

das_magpie (1149995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153700)

I beleive you are paying for a pathetic product. Good point though.

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (2, Informative)

GIL_Dude (850471) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153802)

Because they are different things. The earlier dates are for update.exe (or whatever it is called now). The other is for a pre-built VL slipstream ISO image download.

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (1)

afidel (530433) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153942)

I can slipstream the OEM disk with SP3 in about 30 seconds on the same type of storage MS uses in their labs (Xiotech), why does it take them months to provide a freaking ISO?

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153900)

You're paying for the unwashed masses to test it.

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23154234)

Someone's got to do the beta testing - why not make it the same plebs that beta tested Vista for 'em?

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (4, Informative)

MarkLR (236125) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153234)

SP3 is not a bug fix but rather a rollup of previous fixes that users should already have and a few new features - mostly related to networking. There is no "patch" to exploit.

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (5, Informative)

fyrewulff (702920) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153250)

Uh, SPs are just packaged updates since the last major release. XP SP2 was the exception this time around. You already have most of SP3, if not all of it, if you've been staying up to date.

The most notable new feature of SP3 is that it allows more CD keys to be entered into it, since they are extremely close or have run out of new ones to print that XP, XP SP1 and XP SP2 will recognize.

The SP3 via automatic updates seems to mean to me that they are waiting that long to have a special SP3 download (like the massive 300MB or so SP2 offline installer)

Re:So the bad guys will have MONTHS. (2, Insightful)

QuantumRiff (120817) | more than 6 years ago | (#23154016)

Your missing one of the best reasons for SP3. I just installed a fresh copy of XPSP2 on a new model of computer to get the images ready. 110 MS patches later, it was caught up! Thank god for Windows Software Update Services or I would have had to download them all from Microsoft. Would have taken all day!

WGA? (1)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153226)

Will it need WGA to install?

Re:WGA? (3, Insightful)

i.of.the.storm (907783) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153884)

Considering SP2 did (IIRC) I would assume so.

Re:WGA? (1)

i.of.the.storm (907783) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153910)

Hmm, someone further down said it doesn't, so I take that back.

Added "Features" (5, Informative)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153262)

Windows XP SP3 also includes a small list of previously unavailable functionality, including NAP and an update of Windows Product Activation.
I love the term "functionality" because it reminds me of the DRM things in Vista. Anyway, here's what they are adding besides all previous fixes:

"Black Hole" Router Detection Windows XP SP3 includes improvements to black hole router detection (detecting routers that are silently discarding packets), turning it on by default.
Seems nice

Network Access Protection (NAP)
More for enterprise/admins. See http://www.microsoft.com/technet/network/nap/napfaq.mspx [microsoft.com] .

Descriptive Security Options User Interface The Security Options control panel in Windows XP SP3 now has more descriptive text to explain settings and prevent incorrect settings configuration. Figure 1 shows an example of this new functionality.
Cool I guess.

Enhanced security for Administrator and Service policy entries In System Center Essentials for Windows XP SP3, Administrator and Service entries will be present by default on any new instance of policy. Additionally, the user interface for the Impersonate Client After Authentication user right will not be able to remove these settings.
More admin stuff. I'll skip some of it from the PDF

Windows Product Activation As in Windows Server 2003 SP2 and Windows Vista, users can now complete operating system installation without providing a product key during a full, integrated installation of Windows XP SP3. The operating system will prompt the user for a product key later as part of Genuine Advantage. As with previous service packs, no product key is requested or required when installing Windows XP SP3 using the update package available through Microsoft Update. Note The Windows Product Activation changes in Windows XP SP3 are not related to the Windows Vista Key Management Service (KMS). This update affects only new operating system installations from integrated source media. This update affects the installation media only and is not a change to how activation works in Windows XP.
I'm not so sure about this though. WPA update... I wonder what Microsoft is sneak in on this.

Re:Added "Features" (1)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153308)

If it smells bad, chances are it is.

Re:Added "Features" (2, Insightful)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153338)

Unless it smells bad simply by association. "It's from MS, it must smell bad, therefore it must have something sneaky." Not necessarily good logic.

Re:Added "Features" (2, Funny)

Tranzistors (1180307) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153492)

Translation:
Fluffeh: It might be bad.
CannonballHead: It might not be bad.

Apart from apparent lack of any information, I doubt incomplete fuzzy logic is necessary bad logic.

Re:Added "Features" (1)

RoboRay (735839) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153524)

Not necessarily bad logic, either.

Re:Added "Features" (1)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153674)

Looking at the "features list" it doesn't appear that there is a huge amount that people want but certainly an install that Microsoft wants people to have.

If you put all the people it benefits on one side of a scale and dropped all the people it didn't benefit on the other side of the scale, I wonder what side would be heavier.

My point is really this: Who will benefit most from the XP SP3 pack? Users or Microsoft?

Re:Added "Features" (2, Informative)

The Second Horseman (121958) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153424)

The product activation upgrade doesn't have any effect on patching existing systems - it's for slipstreamed media. Basically adds the feature to add the license key and activate (WGA) after installation instead of being prompted for it in the middle of the installation. They're not backporting the whole Vista activation / KMS / etc scheme to XP. If they did, their corporate customers would go nuts. Nobody wants to have to re-engineer XP deployment techniques at this point. And a bunch of corporate customers will be using XP for a while.

Nice work there Lou^h^h^hBill (3, Interesting)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153360)

Overview of Windows XP Service Pack 3.pdf - 428 KB Download
Overview of Windows XP Service Pack 3.xps - 634 KB Download

Re:Nice work there Lou^h^h^hBill (0, Troll)

KingOfBLASH (620432) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153852)

How are they supposed to keep competitors from using their standards if their standards create reasonable sized files that stick to the spec AND are an improvement over existing file types?

Direct X 10 (5, Interesting)

Satanboy (253169) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153398)

Still no directX 10.

But at least I got some patches!

For those of us in New Zealand... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153440)

... does "early summer" mean we have to wait until next March?

Six months then. (5, Insightful)

downundarob (184525) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153564)

Early Summer!

So somewhere around December then?

First Post (0, Offtopic)

clint999 (1277046) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153606)

First post!

Update Rollups every 6 months please! (4, Insightful)

ScottCooperDotNet (929575) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153654)

As someone who's had to build many a Windows XP system since SP2 came out, it would be very handy if Microsoft offered a single file (similar to Windows 2000's Update Rollup) that has all patches since the last service pack. It would save me (or my company) time, and would save Microsoft on bandwidth.

I'm aware there are third party ways to update fresh builds of XP in a more straightforward fashion (or integrate the updates in to the install disc), but where is mighty Microsoft on this? Where is the value here?

Re:Update Rollups every 6 months please! (2, Informative)

EXMSFT (935404) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153682)

You're really installing Windows via winnt32 every time? You should just use Sysprep and keep your image up to date...

Re:Update Rollups every 6 months please! (1)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 6 years ago | (#23154000)

This is a bizarre point of view. Why should some poor bastard in every IT department have to maintain his own homebrew image of XP?

Also, why does it take five reboots to get up to date? Every Linux distro I've used in recent memory can do it in one go.

-Peter

Re:Update Rollups every 6 months please! (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153730)

I'm aware there are third party ways to update fresh builds of XP in a more straightforward fashion (or integrate the updates in to the install disc), but where is mighty Microsoft on this? Where is the value here?

Ummm, you don't need a third-party tool, microsoft provides lots of information on how to slipstream patches into xp before you install. This documentation has been available for years, and it is the same technique as win2000 and win2003 (dunno about vista).

You can also script your install (search google for winnt.sif or unattend.txt) so you just turn on the system and come back in 30 minutes with everything installed the way you like it. Go look at www.msfn.org [msfn.org] .

Re:Update Rollups every 6 months please! (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153998)

you should be useing WSUS to cut down on update bandwidth needs.

how long till i can get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153668)

come on piratebay, it should already be out there!

SP3 end of April - XP end of life in June? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23153718)

The whole OS is supposedly going to be withdrawn from the channel at the end of June. That's not a lot of time for customers to experience Clippy's Girlfriend Alexa, or whatever doodads they put in there.

Unless, of course, the end of life in June story from Redmond is as bogus as the house lights coming on at the supposed end of a Wayne Newton concert.

WGA required? (1)

wiredlogic (135348) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153738)

So for those of us who opted out of installing WGA will we be able to make use of SP3 without installing unnecessary trojans from MS?

Re:WGA required? (4, Informative)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153794)

The doc says you don't need WGA.

Because you're a lazy bastard (1)

slimjim8094 (941042) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153844)

here's the news

Developing service packs for operating systems like Windows XP, which is nearing its end-of-sales period, is
a standard practice, and Microsoft does this for the convenience of its customers and partners. Users no
longer need to install three to four years worth of updates when installing Windows XP, and partners have a
new, updated baseline on which to test their applications and hardware.

Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module (Fips.sys) is a FIPS 140-1
Level 1â"compliant, general purpose, software-based, cryptographic
module in the kernel mode level of the Windows operating system.
In other words, not much new. There's a few new things (this crypto driver, a black-hole router blocker, network management stuff), but it's mostly a big ol' rollup so it's not a pain in the tush to install everything.

what about retail? (1)

Bill Dog (726542) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153902)

Will there be retail boxes of WinXP with SP3 on store shelves some time?

One question. (4, Interesting)

Allnighterking (74212) | more than 6 years ago | (#23153944)

Will it make it out before the proposed "EOL" for XP in June?

Pejorative marketing? (1)

nierdal (928455) | more than 6 years ago | (#23154094)

"This update also includes a small number of new functionalities, which do not significantly change customersâ(TM) experience with the operating system"

Isn't that a bit pejorative for a so long awaited update?

IE7 Not Included (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23154112)

Am I the only one that noticed this?
Load More Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?