Get Your Windows Service Pack Road Map Here


News flash! Windows XP SP3 is due in the first half of 2008. Windows Server 2003 SP2 rolled out in mid-March. If you'd like to 'get smart' about service pack availability, the Windows Service Pack Road Map at deserves to be on your short list of favorite web pages.

It lists all of the NT-flavored Windows operating systems, provides links to the latest (and immediately previous) service packs, and provides projected dates for the next service pack.

Whether you're building a Windows XP slipstream edition (see the July 2007 issue of Maximum PC for details), creating a library of service packs you can distribute to users, or just wondering when the next service pack will arrive, this site's for you. Being able to download a service pack and burn it to CD or DVD for installation sure beats messing around with Windows Update, especially if you're stuck with a flaky online connection or are worrying about bumping up against so-called fair access policy download limits on satellite Internet services.

Even if you're not a Microsoft fanboy, you may have some other Redmond products on your system. To find out how long a particular Windows or other Microsoft product will be supported, check out the Lifecycle Supported Service Packs page at;[ln];lifesupsps .

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