XP SP3 Released to Manufacturing

April 22, 2008

XP BeanExciting news today!

Chris Keroack, Release Manager for Windows XP Service Pack 3 announced the release of Windows XP Service Pack 3 to manufacturing!

“Today we are happy to announce that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) has released to manufacturing (RTM). Windows XP SP3 bits are now working their way through our manufacturing channels to be avail”able to OEM and Enterprise customers.

The on-line version of the Service Pack is being made ready for on-line distribution over the web. It goes without saying that its time to do our research and decide on an implementation plan with and for our customers.

So There aren’t many bells an whistles the end users will see. In fact, almost none. NEW features are based heavily on security improvements. A couple include:

Black Hole” Router Detection
Windows XP SP3 includes improvements to black hole router detection (detecting routers that are silently discarding packets), turning it on by default.

Network Access Protection (NAP)

NAP is a policy enforcement platform built into Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Windows XP SP3 with which you can better protect network assets by enforcing compliance with system health requirements. Using NAP, you can create customized health policies to validate computer health before allowing access or communication; automatically update compliant computers to ensure ongoing compliance; and optionally confine non-compliant computers to a restricted network until they become compliant.

Product Key-less install option
Just like Windows vista, and Office 2007 you can now install XP without a KEY. You will have a grace period in order to install for customers at time of order, for example while waiting for their Open Business keys to arrive! This is gold.

You can view more changes in the document “Overview of Windows XP Service Pack 3“.

So no more spending hours running windows update on fresh SP2 installs. Don’t forget to create your SLIPSTREAM media. Save yourself a lot of work!

And DON’T FORGET! research the changes and installation of this service pack, and be ready for the upgrade opportunity for your customers. Especially at the beginning, this may not be one to install through automatic updates.



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  2. We have been getting a lot of bad feedback about XP SP3. Dorect X 10 is not part of the update. Use caution with SP2 it amy try to convert your XP into Vista.

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