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Need some diversion after the last present is opened and the last piece of candy from the stockings have been devoured? Give Windows XP SP3 RC a try. It's a 336MB download.
SP3 rolls up all previously-released updates into a single package. Microsoft's documentation for SP3 highlights just a few you might have missed (but your system administrator probably didn't):
Other bundled updates include changes to IPSec virtual private networking and a new service for logging into domains (DIMS).
Windows XP SP3 includes both SP1 and SP2, so if your system's been under a rock and missed SP2 (or if you're doing a fresh install from an original Windows XP or XP SP1 disc), you can install SP3 anyway.
However, you must have SP1 installed to use SP3.
SP3 adds the following new features:
Microsoft's been warning XP SP2 users that SP3 wasn't going to include a lot of new functionality - and they were right. Most of the changes in SP3 are not going to be visible to end-users.
Windows XP SP3 is for 32-bit versions of Windows only. x64 users should install Windows Server 2003 SP2, which has been around awhile (over a year, in fact).
As usual, Microsoft has lots of documentation you can grab, including
Just a reminder: this is the Release Candidate, so it's a step better than beta, but it's not quite ready for prime time. You might want to try it on the experimental box, not your deathmatch special.