Windows XP SP3 RC2 Refresh Available

A new "Refresh" version of Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate 2 was made available Tuesday on Microsoft Update, according to Microsoft representatives.

The primary goal of the release is for its developers to validate improvements to the Windows Update procedure, but a couple of minor additions were also included. As with the previous RC2, you need to download and run a small program available from Microsoft Download Center that makes a registry change on your PC in order for the update to be offered.

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Ummm, hello? The refresh was posted 20 days ago. The entry has not been updated since then.

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Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate 2 Refresh
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Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate 2 Refresh is available to the public. Specific registry settings will allow you to be offered SP3 via Windows Update. You can also choose to download standalone update packages.
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Date Published: 3/6/2008
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Download Size: 38 KB - 951.8 MB*

If this is a RC2 refresh, it's most likely the escrow build. Basically, if no major bugs are found in the next few weeks, it's the final build.

i did an MSinfo32.exe check and it says SP3 Build 2600

just checked further down Hardware Abstraction layer says - Version = "5.1.2600.5508"

RC2 is released so RTM is arriving shortly after that. This seems to be the pattern. I can't wait for the final RTM.

Installed. The build number 3311 no longer shows in winver. Seems to run just fine although can't say I noticed any problems with previous build.