April Showers Bring XP SP3 Flowers


Staging, Staging - SP3 Prepares to Roll Out

Windows news source Neowin.net reports that Microsoft's using the following schedule to roll out Windows XP SP3:

    • As of April 14 (Tax Day Eve), Microsoft began providing official support for Windows XP SP3.
    • On April 21 (next Monday), SP3 will be released to OEMs, Volume License, Connnect, MSDN, and TechNet subscribers.
    • On April 29, SP3 will be available to everyone else via Windows Update, Microsoft Update, or the Microsoft Download Center.
    • Prefer to wait until Redmond forces you to get SP3? Automatic Updates via Windows Update/MS Update are scheduled to start June 10.

Previewing What's New in SP3

Some commenters on the original Neowin.net article are surprised to hear that Service Pack 3 doesn't contain much in the way of brand-new features. If you've been reading our coverage of SP3, though, you already know what to expect in the way of features and download sizes . Once Windows XP SP3 becomes available, we'll provide you with the links to downloads and installation troubleshooting you need.

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