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Windows XP SP3 is Now Availble for Testing!


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Just got this email this morning from msftconn@microsoft.com.

Dear ShepsCrook,

As is standard practice for operating systems nearing the end of their sales period, Microsoft will be releasing a final Service Pack for Windows XP in the first half of 2008. Microsoft is pleased to announce the availability of Windows XP Service Pack 3 Beta Preview, to Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 beta testers.

Please obtain the update package for Windows XP SP3 Beta Preview in English, German or Japanese, as well as Release Notes. You can use your current bug logging tools to file bugs; we request that you preface bugs with [XPSP3] in the title.

We are interested in all feedback on Windows XP SP3. We are especially interested in scenarios involving communication between Windows XP Service Pack 3 machines and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2008 machines.

You may download the files here: http://connect.microsoft.com/windows/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=8704.

For a technical support, please visit our new XP SP3 newsgroups: microsoft.beta.windows.xp_sp3

The Windows Beta Team

American Zombie

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Connect members plus it has been expanded to include those already in the Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 Beta trials.
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What exactly is in SP3, what has changed, updated, one should I get it when it comes out (even thought they will make ya)....
basically it contains all the updates released since SP2, this means all the ones on windows update and all the ones you had to phone and ask for. There are a few features back ported from vista too.

Running it now. It's nice and snappy though there are issues with windows update with it.

Perris Calderon

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brad, don't install a beta sp

that goes for everyone that counts on their box, if you have a breakable box go ahead and beta the thing but if it's your workstation, wait

most of the people on this thread don't mind if something happens, they have backup computers and backups for their hardrive but if you're not interested in doing some os repair, skip all beta sp's

I wouldn't even install a release candidate sp and typically I wait a couple of weeks before a released sp is available..,that is prudent advice and I hope those that don't have backup solutions follow it


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