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Windows XP Service Pack 3 now on Windows Update


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Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 started appearing on Windows Update early this morning. Windows XP Service Pack 3 covers all previously released updates. Also included will be some private hotfixes that you could only acquire through special request. There are genuinely new features - not just patches and security updates, but services that could substantially improve system security without overhauling the kernel like with Windows Vista. These new features will not significantly change customers experience with the operating system.

Windows XP SP3 Build 5512 is the final release, also known as the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) build that made it's way to TechNet, MSDN and OEMs. Service Pack 3's size for the English release is 316MB. Other language releases may vary. There are several new features that come with SP3, they are Network Access Protection (NAP), Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module (KMCM) and the hardening of the TCP/IP stack with the new "black hole router" detection.

Network Access Protection (NAP) has been added with the release of Service Pack 3. This will help System Administrators to ensure that their network is both secure and healthy. Sysadmins will be able to set policies that determine if a computer is healthy or not by meeting set system health requirements. Examples of those requirements can be having the most recent OS updates installed, having the latest version of the anti-virus software including detection definitions, or if the computer has a host-based firewall installed and enabled.

Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module (KMCM) is a FIPS 140-1 Level 1 compliant, general-purpose, software-based, cryptographic module residing at the Kernel Mode level of the Windows Operating System. It runs as a kernel mode export driver (a kernel-mode DLL) and encapsulates several different cryptographic algorithms in an easy-to-use cryptographic module accessible by other kernel mode drivers. It can be linked into other kernel mode services to permit the use of FIPS 140-1 Level 1 compliant cryptography. It premiered in Windows 2000, and its first implementation in a Windows client was for the first edition of Vista.

Microsoft is also hardening the Windows IP stack. With this addition comes Microsoft's new "black hole router" detection. Black hole router detection is a way for routers to detect in advance the shortest path to send a large number of datagrams, without having to fragment them too seriously along the way. As it turned out, some receiving routers that were pegged by sending ones as PMTU members were responding to datagrams with "do not fragment" messages by simply throwing them out. These were referred to as "black hole routers," and have been a perennial plague to streaming operations. The new router detection scheme enables IP routers along the way to flag misbehaving PMTU candidates in advance and steer around them.

Downloads: Windows XP SP3 English | Windows XP SP3 German | Windows XP SP3 Russian | Windows XP SP3 Spanish | Windows XP SP3 Polish | Windows XP SP3 French | Windows XP SP3 Chinese (Traditional) | Windows XP SP3 Chinese (Hong Kong) | Windows XP SP3 Chinese (Simplified) | Windows XP SP3 Czech | Windows XP SP3 Hebrew | Windows XP SP3 Italian | Windows XP SP3 Japanese | Windows XP SP3 Korean

Link: Windows Update

Link: Lunarsoft Frontpage

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i just read this and went to windows update myself. it shows no updates for windows service pack3 . i did the windows update on my own not your link so im confused its not showing it to be available to me that way.

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I just saw a story on ZDNet that said XP SP3's availability on Windows Update was being backed out due to compatibility problems with a Microsoft program: http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1368&tag=nl.e589

Apparently, you can still download SP3 from a direct link to the executable, but Ms doesn't recommend that - they want to hold your hand while you install it. Unless you have Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (which I've never even heard of before), there's no problem; but they want to install filters to stop those few who do have that from getting SP3.

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Updated Chinese to specify Chinese (Traditional)

Added: Windows XP SP3 Chinese (Hong Kong), Windows XP SP3 Chinese (Simplified), Windows XP SP3 Czech, Windows XP SP3 Hebrew, Windows XP SP3 Italian, Windows XP SP3 Japanese, Windows XP SP3 Korean

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