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Windows XP SP3 RC2 publicly available

Microsoft has decided to make release candidate 2 of the upcoming Service Pack 3 available to the general public for testing. While Microsoft has not come right out and said it, judging by the amount of troubles that users have had with Service Pack 1 for Vista, Microsoft may have decided that it is necessary to take their time and make sure that it is right before releasing it.

Allowing the general public to test Service Pack 3 for Windows XP prior to wide-scale deployment could expose any potential problems prior to release that were not uncovered during the Beta testing.

It is generally thought that Service Pack 3 will be the last one for Windows XP, so it is important that Microsoft gets it right. While Service Pack 3 is focused on fixes, patches, and updates, Microsoft is throwing in a couple of new things, such as the Back Hole routing detection, Network Access protection, Credential security provider, and the new kernel mode cryptographic module.

If the open testing of release candidate 2 goes as well as is expected, then Microsoft says that we can expect to see the final version of Service Pack 3 for XP during the first half of 2008.

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Skerj3252d ago

Hoping this RC doesn't halt my box from starting back up like the last one. I'll try and see.

forcefullpower3252d ago

What will happen is. They will add all these new things which will slow XP down. Them using the excuse that it makes XP more secure.

Then say if you want more speed to upgrade to Vista as it had been reprogrammed from the ground up so will not have these hinderences.

M$ M$ M$ M$ M$ M$ M$ M$ M$ M$ M$ M$

We want your money. Sod it just give us your pay check.

killer_trap3252d ago

i don't think any company can sink that low. at least i hope so.

Bleucrunch3252d ago

I get it mess up a couple of computers during testing to REALLY mess up every computer when its release.......I see what's going on here! GOOD WORK M$ (SARCASM)

KeenanTheSavage3252d ago

I guess I'll try it, but after the last one, I'm kind of scared as to what this might to do my computer.

marcdz13252d ago

Don't fix what's not broken. I can live with out the service pack. I will upgrade to Vista when ever I decide.