Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate Available For Public Download

20 December 2007 By Shashank

Microsoft has released a near final version of its much awaited Windows XP Service Pack 3 for a public download. Release candidate for XP Service Pack 3 is available at Microsoft website and is a 336 MB download. Now Microsoft wants the public to try the Release Candidate before the final version becomes available in first half of 2008. Previously the software is available for download to Microsoft test program participants only.

Release candidate is available in a self-extracting executable that contains the update package for Windows® XP Service Pack 3. 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.

Microsoft also warns users to download with caution:

This pre-release software is provided for testing purposes only. Microsoft does not recommend installing this software on primary or mission critical systems. Microsoft recommends that you have a backup of your data prior to installing any pre-release software.

Microsoft SP3 will bring a number for enhancement to current OS it includes:

  • Black Hole router detection-a feature that automatically detects routers that are silently discarding packets
  • Product keys of the operating system doesn’t need to be entered everytime during setup
  • Bug fixes

More details will be available soon.

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Software, Tech News 4 comments


I will wait for the final release

Nirmal says:

Even I’ll wait for the final version, not going to try RC.

Haris says:

I installed it a couple of days back, but removed it the next day lol. I was having some compatibility issues with some of my applications. I’ll wait for the final release.

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