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Release dates for Windows XP SP3

With Service Pack 3 for Windows XP just over the horizon, we’ve managed to get our hands on the internal schedule for the release of the highly anticipated update to the aging operating system. As you can see in the list below, most of the stages will occur before the end of the month, though forced automatic updates won’t land until June. This delay should give system administrators an ample amount of time to prepare for the upgrade or simply come up with an excuse when things go awry.

  • April 14, 2008: Support is available for the release version of Service Pack 3 for Windows XP
  • April 21, 2008: Original Equipment Manufacturers, Volume License, Connect, and MSDN and TechNet subscribers
  • April 29, 2008: Microsoft Update, Windows Update, Download Center
  • June 10, 2008: Automatic Updates

More details about Service Pack 3 for Windows XP available in PDF at Microsoft’s site.

Source: Neowin


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  1. McFly
    April 15th, 2008 | 15:02

    Good to know. Thank you!

  2. pre feed
    April 15th, 2008 | 15:06

    twitter real-time pre feed

  3. lol
    April 15th, 2008 | 15:09

    i freking hope that it will speed up XP..

  4. thazandril
    April 15th, 2008 | 15:12

    And 64bit version..?

  5. ELCouz
    April 15th, 2008 | 15:12

    >>>i freking hope that it will speed up XP..



    Q: What are these new features I keep hearing about?

    A: Windows XP Service Pack 3 will not include any major new features, but it will include four minor new features that improve the system’s reliability and security. Contrary to reports, Microsoft has been very up-front about these functional additions for quite some time now.

    These new features include:

    Network Access Protection compatibility. Announced years ago, this feature allows Windows XP machines to interact with the NAP feature in Windows Server 2008. This functionality is built into the RTM version of Windows Vista as well.

    Product Key-less install option. As with Windows Vista, new XP with SP3 installs can proceed without entering a product key during Setup.

    Kernel Mode Cryptographics Module. A new kernel module that “encapsulates several different cryptographic algorithms,” according to Microsoft.

    “Black hole” router detection algorithm. XP gains the ability to ignore network routers that incorrectly drop certain kinds of network packets. This, too, is a feature of Windows Vista.

    And that’s about it. Nothing dramatic, as promised.

    Source : Paul Thurrott SuperSite

  6. Yoohoo
    April 15th, 2008 | 15:12

    Read the Microsoft description of S3..is there anything there of any value…don’t think so…..it’s all to make XP users feel better about they BS they tried to pull off with Vista

  7. ELCouz
    April 15th, 2008 | 15:14


    Q: That’s it? Is there anything else?

    Nothing major. Some features have actually been removed, like the taskbar-based Address Bar option.

    Source : Paul Thurrott SuperSite

    as you can see , i will stay with SP2… i dont want that WGA thing to be installed even if i have a legit windows… No PHONE HOME thing…

  8. baddab
    April 15th, 2008 | 15:14

    well next time you have to reinstall windows xp, it will save you a lot of time. thats good enough for me.

  9. Dos
    April 15th, 2008 | 15:17

    No Major Feature, i still using XP+SP2 Forever

  10. ELCouz
    April 15th, 2008 | 15:20

    /me waiting for Windows 7 to be release in 2009…

  11. Steven
    April 15th, 2008 | 15:24

    To all Vista users who yell out loud that XP users are stup1d…

    please take a look the the VISTA FAILURE LOG…


    Is Microsoft failing…think so from a business point of view

  12. Kelly
    April 15th, 2008 | 15:32

    Vista makes the top ten terrible tech products…

  13. xfroggy
    April 15th, 2008 | 15:35

    this are always fun to read :D

    here come the flame warz xD

  14. george
    April 15th, 2008 | 15:43

    another useless post by martin the confused gender bender

  15. Salem Sayed
    April 15th, 2008 | 15:51

    9 days till the new Ubuntu, Can’t wait!

  16. fanboi
    April 15th, 2008 | 15:52

    Let’s face the truth:
    XP and Vista both suck just like all the windows family…
    Sure Vista looks somewhat pretty and has some good functions, but mostly it fails at usability. XP on the other hand is kinda unstable and it has bad BAD memory management.
    Then there’s Linux… well that sucks, don’t even get me started on this one.
    And OSX which, surprise surprise, sucks also. OSX used to be excellent at least for me, but after every new version it turned to big pile of s***…
    So what the heck am I suppose to do? Either develop my own OS which would most surely suck big time, or use XP.
    Since there simply are no alternative “modern” OS with all the necessary functions for my needs, I’m pretty much stuck with XP… and that my friends sucks some serious donkey-balls.

  17. roo5tr
    April 15th, 2008 | 16:09

    SP3 doesn’t require a serial until after install. I like this.

    Does anyone know if the OEM, Volume License, and Retail serials can all be installed by the same disc? This is one of my top annoyances of XP. IT departments have to keep up with 3 XP Pro discs for Retail, VL, and OEM. Vista actually fixed this issue but of course created many others…

    April 15th, 2008 | 16:10

    if these guys ever get their sht together this OS will solve a lot of peoples problems


  19. someone you know
    April 15th, 2008 | 16:10

    @ 10 So am I dude, so am I

    @16 thank you for not taking ANY side and flaming ALL the OSs :D

    lol I got 1 machine with Vista and another machine dual booting XP and Vista, my dad has a macBook and I have Linux Live CDs that I use on a regular basis.

    So basically I have the ultimate quadforce in crappy OSs?!?!? hehehe :P

  20. ozzie
    April 15th, 2008 | 16:59

    I already have the sp3 installed on my pc it was auto updated about 2 months ago. As yet I have had no problems, have not noticed any difference with operating system. I did a custom install there was no WGA unless it was embedded in the SP3 it’self.

  21. 1st
    April 15th, 2008 | 17:19

    @21, yeah, but we’re all talking about XP, not 98.

  22. Brainless yankee
    April 15th, 2008 | 17:33

    @11 Stephen, obviously youi are far too young to remember when XP came out, it was THE worst OS that Nicrosnot had ever released to date. In comparison, Vista has far fewer security issues out of the box, has far fewer bugs and is much more hardware friendly than XP was at the same stage of development.

    Nobody would switch from Win2K to XP when it was released, it wasn’t until after SP2 that it was even worth consideration as an OS, before that is was absolute crap.

    So now that MS have finally worked on XP enough to have people use it with FEWER issues and fewer security holes than when nwq, you seem to feel that XP is and always was a great OS and Vista is crap.

    Sorry kid, you’ll have to find some younger people than me to try and pass that crap off.

    Iif you had a clue or even a relevant comment, I’d give you teh benefit of teh doubt, as you are clearly just mouthing off from a crack in your arse, you just sound like an uniformed and very young noob.

  23. mupet0000
    April 15th, 2008 | 18:26

    April 29th! GTA IV and SP3, woo magic!

  24. CoMP1eX
    April 15th, 2008 | 18:49


    Is out ~!

  25. ELCouz
    April 15th, 2008 | 19:00

    @ Brainless yankee

    Still… FIVE (5) god damn YEARS and it’s all Microsoft can do ?

    It is not a surprise that Vista is the most disappointing tech thing in 2007.

    Man , i had high expectation for this OS like they told us when longhorn alpha was out. I was one of the first to try it. I still have the 2003 screenshot i took myself see here –> http://i25.tinypic.com/14o1w1s.jpg

    When they scrapped longhorn and rebuilt from scratch thats when thing did get WORSE.

  26. Bill Gates
    April 15th, 2008 | 19:05

    Is SP3 better than Halo 3?

  27. rs
    April 15th, 2008 | 19:08

    I heard that some games won’t run on sp3..

  28. ELCouz
    April 15th, 2008 | 19:10

    @ Bill Gates

    EPIC FAIL!!!!111oneone

  29. 961
    April 15th, 2008 | 21:34
  30. InSoLenT MinX
    April 15th, 2008 | 21:49

    im sticking with win XP SP2 . This SP3 is all a marketing move from microboob , prolly will slow down your OS so that you would move on to Vista .
    no tnx billy .

  31. Rls_Log_King
    April 15th, 2008 | 22:22

    XP SP3 will pwn mac

    nuff said

    -no more comments needed

  32. thom
    April 15th, 2008 | 22:58

    I love all the criticism of Windows yet would happily bet a lot of these people use it still. I love how cool it is to criticise something that’s the most popular choice yet ever thought it could be the most popular choice for a reason? If Windows truly was SO bad wouldn’t have more people switched to alternatives?? Considering how much Apple’s grown since the release of the Ipod too…

    I’ve used Windows for all my life and have never been without a decent PC for OS reasons. These people who tend to criticise Microsoft the most are the people who try to ‘speed’ it up, install billions of programs that ‘boost’ xp.

    I’ve used XP for many years now and I have it working to almost personal perfection, if I managed that (and many others) then all I can assume is it’s down to taste and you’re open to switching to linux if you’re smart or mac.

  33. IVaN_000
    April 16th, 2008 | 00:14

    I’m sticking to MS-DOS v6.22 for a few more years.

  34. Xyu
    April 16th, 2008 | 00:40

    After reading comments from all these morons you are first writing something so true. The biggest problem for Windows (well, hell, for any OS), is the idiots sitting in front of the computers, who call big blue “e” icon on the desktop “the internet” and who blame Microsoft for their XP working so slow after installing Norton Antivirus.

  35. Xyu
    April 16th, 2008 | 00:42

    now back to the topic.
    As of yesterday the SP3 is available for download? If so, where exactly can we download it? (the original source obviously, no none-ms sites)

  36. ozzie
    April 16th, 2008 | 01:04

    @22 it is the xp.

  37. chris
    April 16th, 2008 | 06:15

    ivan, yes, msdos still rules. so does 98 and xp. vista-hope those in the scene finally find a way to beat protection to stop us buying the useless piece of crap.

  38. funkster192
    April 16th, 2008 | 10:35

    Anybody know if ill be able to install the final build of XP SP3 over previous builds? Or will it ask for uninstallation of previous builds before you can install. I have purposefully slipstreamed build 5508, and installed new on my cousins pc, but if I won’t be able to over previous builds then im gonna have to just install XP with sp2, then sp3 build 5508 by itself.

  39. NoFumbles
    April 16th, 2008 | 12:20

    “Windows ME was not a whole lot better.”?
    Here, let me correct those awful spelling errors: “Windows ME was a whole lot worse.”
    Vista is nothing more than WinME with steroids. Both are epic failures.

  40. Mr.Ceeeeee
    April 16th, 2008 | 17:49

    u missed off when is the scene gonna get it lol

  41. thom
    April 16th, 2008 | 21:43

    @41: Why is Vista nothing more than ‘WinME with steroids. Both are epic failures”?

  42. Anom
    April 20th, 2008 | 07:53

    It’s not the real release date!
    A Microsoft spokesperson declined the same say to confirm reports circulating on technology blogs today citing purportedly leaked documents as saying the online release date for Windows XP Service Pack 3 will be April 29.
    Read here:

  43. SP3
    April 30th, 2008 | 20:42

    It’s April 30th. So where is it?

  44. 0xid3
    May 1st, 2008 | 06:43

    i guess these comments are more interesting than the article!

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