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[CNET] XP Service Pack 3 remains in testing

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I guess this explains why we haven't seen SP3 yet.

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Microsoft on Tuesday released another version of Windows XP Service Pack 3, but the software remains in the testing phase.

Unlike Windows Vista Service Pack 1, which was finalized in February and made available broadly last week, Microsoft has yet to give the final go-ahead for XP SP3.

"Windows XP SP3 RC2 Refresh was made publicly available today via Microsoft Download Center," Microsoft said in a statement. "We've made this release candidate available in order to receive further user feedback prior to the release of Windows XP SP3."

ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley states that she had heard that Microsoft planned to release it this week in final form, but changed its mind.

There's not too much different in the "refresh" from the RC2 version released last month, according to a TechNet posting. "Beyond fixes for common Windows Update issues, and the inclusion of support for HD Audio, there are no substantial differences between this beta release (build 5508) and XP SP3 RC2 (build 3311)," Microsoft stated.

For its part, Microsoft said the final release is still slated for some time in the first half of the year, with the standard caveat that its timing will depend on customer feedback.

Meanwhile, computer makers are supposed to stop selling machines with XP come June, although this deadline is likely to be extended.
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post #2 of 14
No hurry.
Give em time cuz I want it stable
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post #3 of 14
lol, great, more release candidates while they perfect their "Genuine Advantage" strategies..
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post #4 of 14
They can take their time. I don't want any dead/horribly unstable rigs. We have waited a long time for this, what is a little longer going to hurt?
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post #5 of 14
I have been running the "beta" of SP3 for a few months and have yet to have a single problem. Good they're testing SP3, shame they didn't really test Vista before it was released......Vista FTL!
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post #6 of 14
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I personally don't mind waiting either. I'm only running RC1 and I have had not one single problem with it. SP3 full release should be fantastic.
post #7 of 14
How do I get the Beta version? I would just like to try it out on my laptop.
    
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post #8 of 14
There are still issues with it not updating all the older fixes. The only specific one I came across was trying to do a clean install and laying down SP3 over it. It never applied any of the daylight savings time updates for 2007 or 2008. SP3 doesn't like playing nice with Omega drivers if you have to uninstall it either. Thats as much as I know from my correspondence with Ms about my issue.
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post #9 of 14
I updated the Celery with it and noticed I didn't get the little ballon popups in the system tray anymore.
got the sound and thats it.
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post #10 of 14
my advice ->don't use it.

Well at least not a fresh install of it. It doesn't come with UAA(universal audio architecture) and u can't install it since "you have a newer version" than the sp2 fix install... many many headaches... left me with a no sound system....and eventually ran to vista
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