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XP SP3 Latest Info -[Summer Full Release [July 8]

Postby TeMerc » Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:22 am

Late last night, the U.S. and state attorneys leading the enforcement effort in the antitrust judgment against Microsoft filed their latest joint status report (a PDF copy of the report is available via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which also has a tidy wrap-up).

The on-again, off-again Service Pack 3 for Windows XP appears to be on again. According to the report, “Microsoft has agreed to make changes to Windows XP, two Middleware Products, and Windows Live Messenger. …
Changes for Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player will be made available to users in August 2007 … The Windows XP changes will be incorporated into Service Pack 3 for Windows XP.” Alas, no clues on the actual release date, but I’m placing my bets on early 2008, after SP1 for Vista.
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MS Confirms XP SP3-But No Details

Postby TeMerc » Thu Jul 26, 2007 2:27 pm

Microsoft is releasing few details about the service pack. According to an e-mail from a Microsoft spokesperson, "We're currently planning to deliver SP3 for Windows XP in the first half of CY2008. This date is preliminary, and we don't have any more details to share at this time."

Several questions to Microsoft were left unanswered, including any timeline for beta releases, either public or private; new features, fixes or upgrades; and whether SP3 is a response to XP's continued market strength.

However, in a May 21 press release about security protocols, Microsoft anticipated SP3 availability in 2007. "Microsoft is announcing that Windows Vista supports this protocol today and Windows Server 2008 and Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) will support it as well later this year."

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Re: XP SP3 For Early '08? [Updated 2-19-08]

Postby TeMerc » Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:11 pm

Microsoft posts new Windows XP SP3 build for public download

By Gregg Keizer
February 19, 2008 (Computerworld) Two weeks after it last handed a new build of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) to several thousand invitation-only testers, Microsoft Corp. today posted that version for public downloading.

"We're broadening the availability of the release candidate in order to receive further user feedback prior to the release of Windows XP SP3," a company spokeswoman said in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon. "Windows XP SP3 RC2 will be made publicly available today at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time."

This is just the second time that all Windows XP users have had the chance to try out SP3, the last scheduled major update to the six-year-old operating system. The only other public posting was of SP3 RC in December.

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Re: XP SP3 For Early '08? [Updated 2-25-08]

Postby TeMerc » Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:29 pm

Windows XP SP3: The improvements are under the hood

By Preston Gralla

February 25, 2008 (Computerworld) Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), just out from Microsoft as Release Candidate 2 (RC2), may not necessarily be worth the download now, but when it's finally released, it'll be worth the effort. It won't make any noticeable cosmetic changes to your operating system, but underneath the hood are several security improvements worth having. In addition, one researcher claims it will slightly boost XP's speed as well.

Don't bother looking around for any visible changes to the operating system; you won't find any. You'll have to go to System Properties and check your OS version just to make sure it installed properly. Microsoft claims there is one, exceptionally minor interface change -- according to the Release Notes, a Security Options Control Panel applet "offers more descriptive text to explain the settings and prevent incorrect configuration of settings." Doesn't make the pulse race, does it? But I couldn't find even that -- my version of XP doesn't seem to have the applet in question. If you install a copy of SP3, and manage to track down the screen, please add a comment to this story letting me know how to get there.

Most of what's new has to do with security. In fact, five of the seven changes Microsoft lists on its Release Notes are security-related.

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Re: XP SP3 For Early '08 [Updated 3-22-08]

Postby TeMerc » Sat Mar 22, 2008 1:53 pm

Source: Microsoft To Release XP SP3 Next Week
By Kevin McLaughlin, ChannelWeb
Mar. 19, 2008

Now that Windows Vista service pack 1 has been released, all eyes have shifted to Microsoft's plans for Windows XP service pack 3, the final package of updates for the trusty OS. And, according to at least one source, Microsoft will roll out XP SP3 next Monday.

According to the file description notes, Microsoft will release the final version of XP SP3 on March 24, but the 5503 test build passes all Windows Genuine Advantage checks and is able to download Windows updates that previous XP SP3 builds weren't able to, which suggests that it could, in fact, be the final RTM build.

XP SP3 was originally slated for release in 2006, but Microsoft has delayed it on numerous occasions since launching XP SP2 in August 2004. In February, Microsoft released XP SP3 Release Candidate 2 through its Download Center to users running PCs with XP SP2 installed.

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Re: XP SP3 For Early '08 - April?[Updated 3-24-08]

Postby TeMerc » Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:24 pm

Windows XP SP3 due next month, says report

By Gregg Keizer

March 24, 2008 (Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. will release Windows XP Service Pack 3 during the second half of April, according to a report from a Web site that has correctly predicted recent Windows ship dates.

TechARP.com, a Malaysian Web site that nailed Vista SP1's release-to-manufacturing (RTM) date last month as well as its release to Windows Update last week, said that Microsoft will wrap up work on XP's third and final service pack next month. The site pegged RTM for Windows XP SP3 as "second half of April 2008" for seven languages, with a follow-on RTM of the remaining supported languages "approximately 21 days" later.

Once SP3 ships, the next major milestones for Windows XP are June 30, when the popular operating system is slated to fall off the reseller and retail availability list, and Jan. 31 2009, when it will be taken out of all distribution channels, including system builders.

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Re: XP SP3 For Early '08 -[Updated Apr 2]

Postby TeMerc » Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:19 pm

Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview
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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. This white paper summarizes what is new in Windows XP SP3.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP; Windows XP Home Edition ; Windows XP Home Edition N; Windows XP Media Center Edition; Windows XP Professional Edition ; Windows XP Professional N; Windows XP Service Pack 1; Windows XP Service Pack 2; Windows XP Starter Edition; Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
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Re: XP SP3 For Early '08 -[Updated Apr 15]

Postby TeMerc » Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:30 am

Windows XP SP3 Release Dates
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With Service Pack 3 for Windows XP just over the horizon, we've managed to get our hands on the internal schedule for the release of the highly anticipated update to the aging operating system. As you can see in the list below, most of the stages will occur before the end of the month, though forced automatic updates won't land until June. This delay should give system administrators an ample amount of time to prepare for the upgrade or simply come up with an excuse when things go awry.
    April 14, 2008: Support is available for the release version of Service Pack 3 for Windows XP
    April 21, 2008: Original Equipment Manufacturers, Volume License, Connect, and MSDN and TechNet subscribers
    April 29, 2008: Microsoft Update, Windows Update, Download Center
    June 10, 2008: Automatic Updates
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Re: XP SP3 For Early '08 -[Updated Apr 21]

Postby TeMerc » Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:05 am

From Microsoft:

Windows XP SP3 includes previously released updates for the operating system, as well as a small number of new fixes and additions that should not significantly change the Windows XP experience. Windows XP SP3 will be released to the web (RTW) on April 29, 2008. For customers deploying Windows Vista, enhancements to Windows XP SP3 (such as Network Access Protection or NAP) will make it easier to co-manage Windows XP and Windows Vista within the same corporate environment. For further information regarding Windows XP SP3 RTM, please visit the TechNet Forum blog post at http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/def ... ?SiteID=17.
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Re: XP SP3 For Early '08 -[Delayed Apr 29]

Postby TeMerc » Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:07 am

In the last few days, we have uncovered a compatibility issue between Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS) and both Windows XP SP3 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). In order to make sure customers have the best possible experience, we have decided to delay releasing Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) to the web.

To help protect customers, we plan to put filtering in place shortly to prevent Windows Update from offering both service packs to systems running Microsoft Dynamics RMS. Once filtering is in place, we expect to release Windows XP SP3 to the web.

We are also testing a fix, and will make it available once that process is complete. Once they have installed the fix, Microsoft Dynamics RMS customers should be able to run both service packs.

Until then, we advise Microsoft Dynamics RMS customers to not install either service pack. Microsoft Dynamics RMS customers running Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP1 should contact Microsoft Customer Support Services for additional information.
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Re: XP SP3 For Early '08 -[Final Release - May 6]

Postby TeMerc » Tue May 06, 2008 2:13 pm

Microsoft, it appears, has just released Windows XP Service Pack 3. For the most part, it is a bundle of all the updates since Service Pack 2, but there are some key differences. First, the big gotcha:
  • If you are an IE 6 user, SP3 will simply updated your IE 6 installation. You will continue to be able to upgrade to IE 7 as an option.
  • If you are an IE 7 user, it will update your IE 7 installation. HOWEVER, you will NOT be able to go back to IE 6 after applying this service back.
  • If you are an IE 8 (beta) user, you will need to uninstall IE 8, apply the service pack, and then reinstall IE 8.

This link has a list of all the Knowledge Base articles that this service pack addresses. Some of the bigger notes is that it does retrofit some of the Vista functionality into XP, namely in the area of Network Access Protection, Black Hole Router Detection, enhanced security for administrator and service policy entries (basically some better default settings) and a kernel mode crypto driver. Additionally, some of the "optional" updates released since SP2 will be installed with SP3 (MMC 3.0, MXSXML6, WPA2 support, etc).
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Re: XP SP3 For Early '08 -[AMD Users In Boot Loop - May 9]

Postby TeMerc » Fri May 09, 2008 8:04 am

XP SP3 cripples some PCs with endless reboots

By Gregg Keizer

May 9, 2008 (Computerworld) Installing Windows XP Service Pack 3 sends some PCs into an endless series of reboots, according to posts to a Microsoft support forum.

Jesper Johansson, a former program manager for security policy at Microsoft Corp. and a prominent Windows blogger, has worked with users to tentatively identify the problem as involving only machines using processors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

Messages from frustrated users began accumulating on the XP SP3 support newsgroup Wednesday, just a day after Microsoft released the update to the general public.

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Re: XP SP3 Latest Info -[MS: Bootloop Caused By Vendors - May 9]

Postby TeMerc » Mon May 12, 2008 10:05 am

Microsoft faults OEMs for some XP SP3 endless reboots

By Gregg Keizer
May 12, 2008 - Microsoft Corp. has blamed computer makers for some of the problems users have encountered after updating to Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), according to a company support document.

The document also showed that the "endless reboot" problem some users have reported after installing XP SP3 was neither unanticipated or new; Microsoft updated the document on the same day it released the service pack, and the company indicated that the same thing happened nearly four years ago when it rolled out Windows XP SP2.

Knowledge Base Article 888372, last updated May 6, spelled out an error message that stops a PC's boot process -- and, depending on the machine's settings, may make it repeatedly reboot -- after installing SP3. The fault, said the Microsoft document, is in the Windows XP image originally installed on the PC by the computer manufacturer.

"The problem may occur if the original Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) Sysprep image is created on an Intel processor-based computer and if the Sysprep image is then deployed on a non-Intel processor-based computer," said Microsoft.

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Re: XP SP3 Latest Info -[MS: Bootloop Caused By Vendors - May 9]

Postby TeMerc » Wed May 14, 2008 12:50 am

FAQ: Windows XP SP3 reboot hell (and how to get out of it)
By Gregg Keizer

May 14, 2008 (Computerworld) Microsoft's having a tough year with reboots. First it was a reboot ad infinitum in February, brought on by a flawed update to Windows Vista. Now the same thing's happening to some users who have updated to Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3).

What gives?

We don't have the answer to that -- at the moment, no one seems to have the definitive answer to that. But we do have answers to the most pressing questions about the latest Windows snafu, including a developing game of blame.

What's happening? After some users update to Windows XP SP3, their PCs reboot -- which is normal -- but then fail to start up, and then reboot again and again, which is decidedly not normal.

The "endless reboot" cropped up immediately after Microsoft made XP SP3 available to the general Windows-using public by posting the service pack to Windows Update last week. Within a day, users were reporting problems in messages on Microsoft's XP SP3 support forum.

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Re: XP SP3 Latest Info -[Bootloop FAQ @ Computer World- May 14]

Postby TeMerc » Mon May 19, 2008 11:30 pm

Microsoft to block 'endless reboot' AMD desktops from Windows Update
By Gregg Keizer
May 18, 2008 (Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. said last Thursday that it will put filters in place to make sure AMD-powered PCs susceptible to an "endless reboot" problem can't receive Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) from the Windows Update service.

According to users who diagnosed the endless reboots -- and Microsoft when it first weighed in last week -- some computer makers made the mistake of using a disk image created on an Intel-based machine to factory-install Windows XP on hardware running AMD chips. Microsoft had advised computer makers against doing that as long ago as 2004.

Users afflicted with endless reboots had fingered Hewlett-Packard Co. as responsible, saying that their affected PCs were HP-branded desktops. Last week, HP confirmed the snafu and said it would issue a patch.

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Re: XP SP3 Latest Info -[MS Blocking Some SP3 Installs- May 20]

Postby TeMerc » Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:28 pm

Router crashes blamed on Windows XP SP3
Dan Warne07 June 2008

Broadband modem/router maker Billion says XP SP3 has been causing its BiPAC 5200-series routers to go into a constant crash and reboot cycle.

The company has produced firmware upgrades that solve the problem.

Although Windows XP SP3 has been available for manual download from Microsoft since May 6, it has just hit Windows Update as an automatic upgrade, which will cause unexpected problems for owners of “unpatched” Billion BiPAC 5200 routers, and possibly other brands or models of router.

The affected BiPAC 5200 firmware versions are 2.9.8.x and 2.11.0.x~2.11.33.x.

Firmware is the software that runs your router, and can be upgraded via the router's web interface, accessible by typing the router's address into your web browser (generally 192.168.1.254).

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Re: XP SP3 Latest Info -[MS Blocking Some SP3 Installs- May 20]

Postby gerardwil » Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:11 pm

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Firmware is the software that runs your router, and can be upgraded via the router's web interface, accessible by typing the router's address into your web browser (generally 192.168.1.254).


I doubt if that adress is generally.
If you want to know run on a command prompt: ipconfig /all
Find your standard gateway (router adress)
In my case 192.168.2.1

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Re: XP SP3 Latest Info -[Router-Rebooting Issues June 7]]

Postby TeMerc » Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:35 pm

Windows XP SP3 to reach most users 'shortly,' says Microsoft
By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld
July 07, 2008

Microsoft said Monday that it would begin pushing Windows XP SP3 (Service Pack 3) to most users "shortly."

The announcement, made by Nick MacKechnie, a senior manager for Microsoft's New Zealand operations, was not unexpected, as the company had previously said it would release Windows XP SP3 to Automatic Updates sometime in the "early summer."


We would like to remind you that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) will be released to Automatic Updates shortly," said MacKechnie in a post to a company blog Monday.

Windows XP SP3, which was released to the general public in late April, has plagued some users with problems after they updated the aged operating system.

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