Windows XP SP3 Release Dates

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 for 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
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NOT had problems with Vista, aside from a couple buggy NVIDIA drivers for my main desktop. I have it currently on 3 PCs (one desktop and two laptops) and have yet to suffer from all these issues people complain about. I disabled UAC on the desktop because, hell, I know what I'm doing, and, aside from some older games, everything I run has not fallen into the category of incompatibility. I don't use Aero Glass because I am more of a minimalist and prefer the classic theme.

Another speculative, hearsay release date IMO! I'll believe it when I see it.

No build number of the RTM?

No MD5 hash?

No "confirmed source" named?

Unless Neowin can give me the above info, this is just another release date that cannot be believed.

(Still, I hope this is true)

My source is from someone who works inside the company. I really don't care if you believe me or not. This person has been reliable before.

(bangbang023 said @ #32.1)
My source is from someone who works inside the company. I really don't care if you believe me or not. This person has been reliable before.

Too bad about your source then. Today is April 21st and XP SP3 is not available on TechNet. Next time you might want to wait for confirmation instead of winding up with egg all over your face.

(MajorlyCool said @ #32.2)

Too bad about your source then. Today is April 21st and XP SP3 is not available on TechNet. Next time you might want to wait for confirmation instead of winding up with egg all over your face.

RTM according to this

Today we are happy to announce that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) has released to manufacturing (RTM). Windows XP SP3 bits are now working their way through our manufacturing channels to be available to OEM and Enterprise customers.

We are also in the final stages of preparing for release to the web (i.e. you!) on April 29th, via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center. Online documentation for Windows XP SP3, such as Microsoft Knowledge Base articles and the Microsoft TechNet Windows XP TechCenter, will be updated then. For customers who use Windows XP at home, Windows XP SP3 Automatic Update distribution for users at home will begin in early summer.

Thanks to everyone here who installed the public betas – you not only gave us detailed feedback but also helped each other out with timely troubleshooting. Through the beta program we found several important issues and were able to confirm some essential fixes. We couldn’t have done this without you.

We will still be monitoring this forum during the next few weeks in case you have more feedback about the release of Windows XP SP3.

On behalf of myself, Shashank Bansal and Windows Serviceability, many thanks.

Chris Keroack
Release Manager, Windows XP Service Pack 3
Windows Serviceability

http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPo...3&SiteID=17

humm, i have a doubt prolly u guys can gimme the correct point.

when it will be made a fresh install of XP SP3, it'll include all hosfixes after SP2 ?? I mean, of course it'll, but i'll still need for example, install separate hotfixes as "Update for XP Battery power drain Notebook FIX" (that's WindowsXP-KB918005-v4-x86-ENU) to fix laptop frain issue, or it'll be already included on the SP3 ??

Thx a lot and sorry my english

Even with SP3, XP Corporate (VLK) edition won't allow installation without a key. I'm told by others who have tried with other editions of XP that the RCs of SP3 did allow installation without a key.

The part about installing without a product key has never worked for me. The last time I tried was with build 5508 or 5511. Didn't work. I integrated the service pack into my original XP cd and burnt it to disc. When I got to the part asking for a key, it wouldn't continue without me entering it. Anyone else have this problem? Sick of hearing about installing without a key, yet it still requires a key.

(pjak said @ #28.1)
yeah, does not work yet - perhaps only in final release...

i tried using XP SP3 RTM build 5512 also needed cdkey :). perhaps that feature only in microsoft windows xp sp3 installation cd (not slipstreamed version).

HAWT !!!!111 my panties are soaked in anticipation :)

Looks like ill be gettin a "happy ending" on the 21st WOOOOT !

Thanks for posting the info Christopher

XP x64 is Windows Server 2003 (just like 2000 Professional was the same as 2000 Server, and Server 2008 is Vista SP1). Server 2003 and XP x64 just received SP2 last year - it will be a long while before the next one.

Really? I've found XP SP2 to be more than solid enough to not need to eagerly await a service pack. If anything, this just means that I have to go rebuild/update a few images.

Vista SP1 was awaited because of how poor Vista RTM was. The impressive part is how well Windows Update has handled the servicing, that I might say that declaring "SP1" was more marketing driven than anything. I would easily have preferred just having a "Kernel Update" pushed out through WU, and quarterly .ISO images with the updates rolled in published to MSDN/TechNet/SA customers, and I don't doubt for a second that they technically could've done it.

But tradition is strong in Microsoft. Hopefully they can break from it in time.

For MSDNAA, it's your IT departement that decides when to put it up. It can be from 1 day to 3 months.
The best way is to download a SP2 version and slipstream SP3 on it.

Why doesn't sp3 include IE7?

IE is part of the OS
SPs are supposed to include all security updates to the OS
IE7 is more secure than IE6

(toadeater said @ #20.2)
They should include Firefox.
lol and they should also include trial versions of other software too! like roxio! yay!

No. Microsoft is not dell, and hopefully never will be, because dell is complete trash.

(darkpuma said @ #20.3)
... because dell is complete trash.

And so is Firefox. Glad they don't bundle that crap on pcs.

Maxthon pwnz!

(Raa said @ #20.4)

And so is Firefox. Glad they don't bundle that crap on pcs.

Maxthon pwnz!

Maxthon runs on the IE engine, so IE pwnz too?

SP3 is more than just released patches rolled together, there are other improvements as well. Several new security features and I've heard improved performance. Most of all it is officially supported and easy to slipstream, so when you do a Windows install you are already updated from the beginning.

+1 , i jumped onto the Vista bandwagon late March (with SP1) and i overall i like it better than XP cause of it's interface etc etc.

Vista is NOT nearly as bad as some people claim it is... sure they have a legit argument about it using more ram and using more CPU vs XP but if you got a powerfull enough pc (which i do) to run Vista it's overall just as good as XP but with more eye candy

Vista is definately NOT better.
After just putting it on my main pc (second time) It has give me nothing but hours of grief to fix some relatively simple things.

SP1 is faster and less buggy, but things are still not right.

XP ftw, and with SP3 - double win.

(Raa said @ #10.2)
Vista is definately NOT better.
After just putting it on my main pc (second time) It has give me nothing but hours of grief to fix some relatively simple things.

SP1 is faster and less buggy, but things are still not right.

XP ftw, and with SP3 - double win.

People's experience of Vista varies. My Laptop runs Vista and has never had a problem, and my desktop runs XP which, having been used for development and gaming for the last 2 years without re-install is looking worse for wear.

Finally, I'm not the only one who has NOT had problems with Vista, aside from a couple buggy NVIDIA drivers for my main desktop. I have it currently on 3 PCs (one desktop and two laptops) and have yet to suffer from all these issues people complain about. I disabled UAC on the desktop because, hell, I know what I'm doing, and, aside from some older games, everything I run has not fallen into the category of incompatibility. I don't use Aero Glass because I am more of a minimalist and prefer the classic theme, so I don't take the performance hit, but it is enabled on my wife's laptop and it still operates at a fair clip. I appreciate those who complain about obvious problems....I just don't see them.

i lost hope in SP3 last week when i installed RC2, rebooted and got a consistent BSOD. had to reinstall windows. great!

(jingarelho said @ #3.2)
i was oping for some minor new features too... :(

Almost no SPs have new features, SP2 was one of the few that did, in fact it has been the most complete SP by MS ever. Many users got spoiled with that.

(rajputwarrior said @ #3.5)
if it wasn't for sp2 xp would have never been as stable as it is today

XP's stability wasn't any better before SP2, SP2 focused mainly on improving security.
As far as I can tell, SP3 is more of a rollup thing that adds very little other than all of the updates and hotfixes on Windows Update right now.

Essentially, XP is about as good as it's going to get and that's not such a bad thing at all.

Don't listen to these guys, there ARE new features in SP3:

1) "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.
2) Network Access Protection (NAP): NAP is a policy enforcement platform built into Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Windows XP SP3 with which you can better protect network assets by enforcing compliance with system health requirements. Using NAP, you can create customized health policies to validate computer health before allowing access or communication; automatically update compliant computers to ensure ongoing compliance; and optionally confine noncompliant computers to a restricted network until they become compliant. For more information about NAP, see Network Access Protection Descriptive Security
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module: Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module (Fips.sys) is a FIPS 140-1 Level 1–compliant, general purpose, software-based, cryptographic module in the kernel mode level of the Windows operating system. It runs as a kernel mode export driver (a kernel-mode DLL) and encapsulates several different cryptographic algorithms in an easy-to-use cryptographic module accessible by other kernel mode drivers. It can be linked to other kernel mode services to permit the use of FIPS 140-1 Level 1–compliant cryptography. For more information, see the Microsoft Kernel Mode
6) 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

(Cy Bones said @ #2.1)
Anyone who has installed the Release Candidate (RC) can receive support through the normal channels.

India?

This obviously implies that it has been released to manufacturing yet MS is making general public wait till April 29! I yearn for those days when service packs weren't something you had to be desperate to get.