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Digitalx    17

Windows XP SP2b seems to have appeared in Japan. It is somehow strange because at the shops, there are boxes which are labelled SP2b but Microsoft has not make any official announcement of a SP2b.

There is no special marking for the CDROM except the box that holds it (see picture).

The XP Professional SP2b retails for 19210 Yen and XP Home Edition SP2b retails for 12780 Yen.

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source: http://www.ocwforums.com/bbs/showthread.php?p=387134

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Elliot B.    1,141

Windows XP SP2b seems to have appeared in Japan. It is somehow strange because at the shops, there are boxes which are labelled SP2b but Microsoft has not make any official announcement of a SP2b.

There is no special marking for the CDROM except the box that holds it (see picture).

The XP Professional SP2b retails for 19210 Yen and XP Home Edition SP2b retails for 12780 Yen.

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source: http://www.ocwforums.com/bbs/showthread.php?p=387134

Hmm, strange. Can anyone shed some light onto this?

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Bhav    14

Probably fake...I wouldn't trust any software from that region.

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McSmiggins    0

Seems to contain all of the updates for XP up to June 2006, hold on, I'll find a decent link

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Geoffrey B.    1,414

actually it is not fake at all it is simply the asian version most versions of Windows that are in asia or usually the b version.

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Orange    98

Ahh abit strange to us but to them it's normal version? ^ ^

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McSmiggins    0

Well, it's just making it's way over here, (uk) dabs and ebuyer (only ones I've checked) both carry it, so just gonna assume it's a "latest patch" version to remove the amount of updates needed on a fresh load.

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Septimus    9

It is just latest updates.

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Gavin001    1

Comes with WGA already installed?

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Andrew Lyle    335

i guess it's a mid-patch update to remove useless code, and to install latest updates.. Not sure when SP2b was launched, but i can assume it's got all the latest updates included.

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macstorm    0

actually it is not fake at all it is simply the asian version most versions of Windows that are in asia or usually the b version.

Bingo!

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1Frothy    0

Probably fake...I wouldn't trust any software from that region.

LOL @ y00!

Most copies of Windows for Australia / Japan etc are actually mastered in Singapore - and I trust my Windows XP license.

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iwod    12

Well i wish they do come out with SP2B with all the latest update to save us download all over again. And Just allow us to slipstream those inside.

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Ranta    0

Well i wish they do come out with SP2B with all the latest update to save us download all over again. And Just allow us to slipstream those inside.

Try Autopatcher, there's a subforum on the neowin forum that has all the info on it.

I think they also make a slipstream program to intergrate all the updates into a new XP install CD.

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Gowcra    0

wga ;)

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Tech_Dude_5000    0

Why not have the XP SP3?

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+M2Ys4U    97

Why not have the XP SP3?

Because there are no new features. That's my guess anyways.

Plus SP3 = after Vista.

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Elliot B.    1,141

Why not have the XP SP3?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP#Service_Pack_3

Windows XP Service Pack 3 is currently in development. It will be released after Windows Vista has been finished; presently, Microsoft's web site indicates a "preliminary" release date of "second half 2007" for Service Pack 3. However, if Windows Vista is delayed further, Service Pack 3 may also be delayed. Service Pack 3 may include Internet Explorer 7, Windows Media Player 11, and many other changes, as well as technologies initially created for Windows Vista, but Microsoft has not made any official statement on feature sets. It is likely that many of the features added with Service Pack 3 will be features from Vista, backported to work with XP after its final release.

A document on Microsoft's web site suggests that Service Pack 3 will include additional support for doing true "per-user" application installing. Another page suggests improvements to managing the list of "hidden" wireless networks.

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