Windows XP users have been sitting idly on Service Pack 2 for a while now. One release of an upgraded OS later, Microsoft finally got to work on SP3 for XP. There are a few decent changes, but overall not nearly as impressive as SP2.
As mentioned by ZDNet, It’s official! Windows XP SP3 goes RTM today, editors there got some sneak peek at some info on it.
Here’s what I know:
- Download size: 70MB – 580MB
- Control Panel Redesign (?) No screenshot yet.
- Network Access Protection (?) No details yet.
- Blackhole Router Detection
- Product key-free installation (Phew!)
- For who?
- Windows XP, SP1, SP2
- Only 32bit OS’s. (Not XP x64)
- Provide a new baseline for customers still deploying Windows XP, to help them avoid the inconvenience of applying individual updates.
- Fill gaps in the updates users might have missed by declining individual updates when using Automatic Updates, and to deliver updates not made available through Windows Update.