Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Windows XP SP3: No, Really, It's Not Ready

Rumor was that Microsoft was set to release Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) this week, but that's obviously not going to happen. Tuesday Microsoft announced another refresh of the software, a Release Candidate 2 (RC2) refresh (what, not RC3?).

As before, you have to use an application to enable Windows Update to "see" your PC as a valid machine to install SP3 on.

While SP3 isn't ready yet, it has to be very close, as the post on Technet announcing the refresh said:
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).
Plenty of users will be happy about the HDA support, as that wasn't working before, but the release of a refresh means a new test cycle will start. Microsoft still says SP3 will release in the first half of this year, however.

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