Updated: Windows XP SP3 now available from Microsoft

After leaking onto a handful of download sites last week, the third service pack for Windows XP is now available from Microsoft at last. We can’t find SP3 listed on the company’s Download Center right now, but the folks at Neowin have found download links for the stand-alone version of the service pack that point straight to Microsoft’s download.windowsupdate.com domain.

The link that will likely be of most interest to our readers is this one, which points to the Service Pack 3 release for 32-bit, English-language versions of Windows XP. Neowin links versions of the service pack for Traditional Chinese, Spanish, German, French, and Polish flavors of XP, as well. The site claims the service pack can also be nabbed directly through Windows Update, but we didn’t find it there ourselves.

As we’ve already reported, Windows XP Service Pack 3 cumulates all previous Windows XP patches and includes a set of security, stability, and performance improvements. New features are on the menu, too, like network Access Protection, Microsoft’s Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module, and a new activation system. A complete list of the changes is available in the PDF file linked here.

Update: The official release of SP3 has been delayed.

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    • gerryg
    • 12 years ago

    I’m actually considering purchasing a new copy of Windows XP for an additional machine I’m cobbling together (part new, part old) — anyone know if XP SP3 will actually make it to CD or DVD available for purchase? I’ve started watching newegg for it but don’t know if it’ll ever show up…

      • bthylafh
      • 12 years ago

      It’s supposed to be available, at least in ISO form & to OEMs.

    • format_C
    • 12 years ago

    *[http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=3262170&SiteID=17<]§ If I read this correctly, then systems without Dynamics RMS will still get SP3 via WU.

    • henfactor
    • 12 years ago

    Well I’m all service pack 3’d up… funny, I don’t feel any different.

    • Shinare
    • 12 years ago

    This smells like hoax or mal-informed people to me.

    • pogsnet
    • 12 years ago
      • Forge
      • 12 years ago

      That’s RC2. Final is build 5512.

      You didn’t get the release by uNf, did you? If so, sorry about that, but the VLK is still good. Might be able to install SP3 final over it.

        • pogsnet
        • 12 years ago
    • mcnels1
    • 12 years ago

    I’m suspicious that their direct link is to the release candidate, not the final release. The file is named windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu_c81472f7eeea2eca421e116cd4c03e2300ebfde4.exe
    kb936929 is “Release notes for the Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate”

      • Convert
      • 12 years ago

      Everything I am seeing shows it is a RC as well…

      • indeego
      • 12 years ago

      It is final release. The MD5 matches what is available via technetg{<.<}g The build should be 5.1.2600.*[<5512<]*

        • sativa
        • 12 years ago

        how do you check that version number after you install it. … msinfo is telling me “5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600”

          • indeego
          • 12 years ago

          winverg{<.<}gexe

            • sativa
            • 12 years ago

            Build 2600.xpsp.080413-2111

            no mention of 5512

            • bthylafh
            • 12 years ago

            That’s what mine was showing, too. I used the link that was on Ars Technica.

    • provoko
    • 12 years ago

    Is anything wrong with WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe that came out the other day?

    I don’t feel like downloading another 300 megs.

    • Homerr
    • 12 years ago

    SP3: You go first and report back…. =)

      • bthylafh
      • 12 years ago

      Done and done. Looks OK so far.

      • format_C
      • 12 years ago

      Nothing to report here. Installed SP3 the moment it was released a few days ago and no issues so far. Runs inside a VM (slipstreamed XP RTM) and on a PC (updated SP2).
      Can’t remember ever having a problem with a SP. That’s actually one thing that MS does right…

      • 5150
      • 12 years ago

      SP3 is boring. I feel like jumping to Vista just to keep things interesting.

    • bdwilcox
    • 12 years ago

    From the horse’s mouth:
    §[<http://gizmodo.com/342920/holy-crap-did-bill-gates-just-say-windows-sucks<]§ Discussion over.

      • Krogoth
      • 12 years ago

      All that he said was that Vista could have used more polish.

      That argument can be apply to every place of software after its public launch.

      It is just more senseless anti-M$ zealot spinning that comment for more STOOPID FUD.

    • herothezero
    • 12 years ago

    — Obligatory “XP rU13z, Vista dR001z” post.

      • 5150
      • 12 years ago

      I don’t have the energy for this today.

        • Valhalla926
        • 12 years ago

        Yeah, I’m tapped out.

        • BoBzeBuilder
        • 12 years ago

        Redbull gives you wings. I wonder if those things are safe, sugar and large doses of caffeine.

          • ludi
          • 12 years ago

          Those wings are definitely NOT safe. Sugar and caffeine are unsuitable building materials.

      • bthylafh
      • 12 years ago

      Obligatory “STFU, we’ve already done the meta thing” post.

      • SecretMaster
      • 12 years ago

      I think it was humorous the first time. But lets not turn it into a “soviet russia” thing.

        • Vrock
        • 12 years ago

        In Soviet Russia, service pack downloads you!

          • derFunkenstein
          • 12 years ago

          I over-do the Soviet Russia jokes all the time, but that one made me LOL.

          What a country!

      • tesmar
      • 12 years ago

      This is not mandatory, so please do not post it next time. It just wastes your time and everyone else’s.

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