The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Microsoft SP3 for Windows XP Imminent [UPDATED]

Microsoft SP3 for Windows XP Imminent [UPDATED]

by , 3:50 PM EDT, March 24th, 2008

Microsoft has posted an overview of what to expect in Windows XP, Service Pack 3 (SP3). The last scheduled update of the Windows XP system includes only a small number of new functionalities. The update can be applied directly to SP2 or SP1 systems.

"Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes all previously released updates for the operating system. This update also includes a small number of new functionalities, which do not significantly change customers’ experience with the operating system," according to Microsoft.

The update can be applied to: Windows XP, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Home Edition N, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional Edition, Windows XP Professional N, Windows XP Service Pack 1, Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Starter Edition and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.

The overview page has a link to a PDF file which explains what's in the Service Pack, new and enhanced functionality, and how to deploy. Some beta testers have reported modest (10 percent) speed gains.

When the Service pack is released, Mac users who have been running Windows XP in virtualization will find the single service pack a handy way to bring their guest Windows OS completely up to date. Microsoft told TMO that they've only promised SP3 for "first half" of 2008, but many industry observers believe it will be well before June 30.

The public preview of XP SP3 labelled RC2 is available for download and user feedback.

Microsoft has also released Vista SP1 for download.

[Mar 25: This article was updated with addition information from Microsoft for clarity.]

Recent TMO Headlines - Updated August 31st

Tue, 9:56 PM
Idle Thoughts on Google Entering Ride-Sharing Business in San Francisco
Tue, 7:06 PM
iTrip Clip Makes Your Headphones Wireless Ahead of iPhone 7 Launch
Tue, 6:29 PM
Geekbench 4 Released for Mac, iOS, and Other OSes
Tue, 5:32 PM
Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint Stylus: $39.99
Tue, 4:55 PM
Apple Updates HP Printer Drivers
Tue, 3:53 PM
Sonos's Future: Opening Up Control to Alexa and Third-Party Apps
Tue, 2:06 PM
9 Great New 'Little' iOS 10 Features
Tue, 2:06 PM
TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-30: Apple's EU Tax Bill, September 7 Media Event
Tue, 12:37 PM
EU Says Apple Owes €13B in Back Taxes, and the Fight is On
Mon, 9:03 PM
Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke Will Feature Broader Range of Celebrities
Mon, 7:54 PM
MOS Pack Backpack Charges Multiple Devices with One Plug
Mon, 5:45 PM
Blood in the Macintosh Water: Apple's Competitors Now Sense Weakness
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!