Don't want to mess around with using Windows Update to get your hands on Windows XP SP3 RC2? Now, you don't need to.
Microsoft has now rolled out full downloadable versions of SP3 RC2 in English (316.2 MB), German (312 MB), and Japanese (324.5MB). The 38KB script for persuading Windows Update to push it to your Windows XP SP2 machine is also available from the same link.
The SP3 Overview is available in your choice of PDF or XPS (the latter's mainly for Vista users). However, XP users can grab the XPS Viewer (opens XPS documents in IE 6 or higher) or the XPS Esssentials Pack (opens XPS documents in a stanadalone viewer) from Microsoft's View and Generate XPS website. If you're running the x64 version of Windows XP Professional, be sure to choose the 64-bit version of the XPS Essentials Pack.
Be sure to visit the TechNet XP SP3 forum before you install SP3, or if you have problems after installing SP3. Some recent threads of interest include: