Windows XP SP3 now available via Windows Update

Windows XP SP3 is finally here for those that use Windows Update, and here is a direct link to the stand-alone version of SP3 for x86 XP systems (32 bit). Thanks Bink! Neowin reader WindowsNT says: "There won't be a 64bit version until Windows Server 2003 hits SP3 since they share the same code base."

Here is an interesting article regarding SP3 performance, ignoring the fact that Vista SP1 is still faster than XP SP2/SP3 users will enjoy a performance boost over SP2. When will people learn that Vista ain't all bad!

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. This white paper summarizes what is new in Windows XP SP3.

Download: Stand-alone installer for Windows XP SP3 English, 32 Bit (316 MB)
Link: Service Pack 3 for Windows XP via Windows Update (Size varies)

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Known issues:
On some hardware configurations, you may encounter the Windows XP SP3 BSoD Endless Reboot Loop with Stop c0000139 on GDI32.dll Error, follow this guide to repair your XP installation. Thanks daPhoenix for the tip!

Link: Explanation on MSDN TechNet forums

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I have a corporate XP Pro SP2 CD from my work and noticed that when slipstreaming the Service pack that it will not recognize my CD Key....Is MS issuing new keys to legitimate corporate users? Or will MS issue a separate SP3 file for corporate users?

Update: Guys, I don't know what air you breathe because I just went ahead and used my free student copy of XP pro and it activated and worked great. And no, I didn't use "nlite", I used the correct switches. And Yes I'm using Vista to do the slipstream. So if I were any of you guys, I would do my homework and I would also stop jumping to conclusions before responding to this type of post.

So I'm guessing that MS will issue a new set of keys to corporate customers :-)

Update: It finally worked....Thanks guys....it seems that Corporate versions need to be slipstreemed on a XP system....Though my student version worked fine when slipstreaming it on Vista...Anyway, thanks again guys:-)

(jesseinsf said @ #63)
I have a corporate XP Pro SP2 CD from my work and noticed that when slipstreaming the Service pack that it will not recognize my CD Key....Is MS issuing new keys to legitimate corporate users? Or will MS issue a separate SP3 file for corporate users?

Well if you were a true IT person & obtain this so-called legit corporate disk, you should know the answer to your own question then. Nice try though..... Most work places just don't go jumping into a newly released service pack, & the question you ask sounds a little fishy. No offense.....

my guess is that you are trying to slipstream with nlite + vista? slipstreaming with nlite only works with xp

and lol yeah sure like even half of the people on this site own legit copies of xp or vista... anyone who is a 'true it person' possesses the knowledge enabling them to steal everything.

I personally own a legit copy of XP pro... only because it came with my laptop.

I found a Technet forum talking about this issue. It is, and was, well known during the betas. Actually, it was known back when SP2 was coming out.

The issue with the CD keys not working deals with how the slipstream integration occured. If you performed the integration process on a Vista PC, ANY AND ALL CD Keys will fail. This is due to the integration process pulling some DLL file from the host PC and using it. Thus, the user needs to perform the integration on an XP system. Most Vista users have just installed VMWare or Virtual PC and installed XP SP2 as a virtual machine. Then performed the integration on the virtual machine. Next they moved the integrated folder to the Vista machine through the network link. Then things will work well.

I will try to locate the same forum link again and post it here so people do not thing I am just making this up. (I found the link, read page 4)

http://forums.microsoft.com/technet/showpo...1&tf=0&pageid=3

The above technet forum shows plenty of proof that using Vista to integrate SP3 to XP will fail. However, I am unsure which version it will break. As I only have a corporate VL version. As most of the forum posters. So if you use Retail/OEM it may work on Vista. All I can say is I tried it three times in vista before going to the technet forums. Now I have done the integration a fourth time through Virtual PC and it is now working. So the only factor I changes was I used XP as the host system to do the integration.

(oqwarrior said @ #64.2)
There is most definitely no "SP3" on the bootscreens of the 5 computers that I have installed this service pack on.

Have it on 3 that I installed on

ignoring the fact that Vista SP1 is still faster than XP SP2/SP3 users will enjoy a performance boost over SP2. When will people learn that Vista ain't all bad!

We have forums for personal point of views. The topic said "Windows XP SP3 now available via Windows Update", not "SP3 Released, people still think XP better - I don't know why" No offense, but stick to the topic.

installed SP3, now Word & powerpoint 2000 do not function, however excel does work. I'm going to have to reinstall it this weekend :(

Anybody else having compatibility problems?

ignoring the fact that Vista SP1 is still faster than XP SP2/SP3 users will enjoy a performance boost over SP2. When will people learn that Vista ain't all bad!

My Systems:-
Windows XP SP2 Pentium 4 2.8Ghz AGP 128 Meg ATI Sapphire.
Windows Vista Home Premium 64 Core 2 Duo 2.3Ghz x 2 PCI-E ATI x1550 256Meg.

Which "performs" best? Put it this way... when I make a typo on the XP machine, I don't have to wait 3 seconds for the machine to fill in what I have already typed before I know how far to delete back to as I just did here.

Vista has some neat tricks, and vastly improved security. XP outperforms it by miles. Of course 2K still outperforms XP, if you can put up with the shabby anti-aliasing and goofy dinky 256 colour Icons. Just replace explorer, and get Window Blinds going, should be fine.

Performance is all about optimising for the things people usually do. Vista optimises for all the things I almost never do, and uses all the resources I desperately need to achieve those optimisations. The x64 versions of Vista are much better than the XP x64 versions, if it weren't for that, I would stick with XP/2K, and if I didn't need a 64-bit Windows development platform, I'd use Linux or OS X on my Core 2 Duo.

XP SP3 is a god sent simply as a roll-up of all the security releases since SP2. Hoorey!

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