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Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 has become a way of life for Windows users, especially professional ones. Microsoft's irregular barrages of bug fixes, new features and changes to the institution that Windows has become are viewed with a mixture of expectation and trepidation by home users (and with outright fear by business IT departments). The Windows operating system is a delicate balance of systems and functions, and new additions have been known to hopelessly break older ones. 

Microsoft's newly released Service Pack 2 for Windows XP is a big event for the XP user community. Far from the catalog of bug fixes and anti-piracy measures that made up the first Windows XP service pack, the new offering makes fundamental changes to the way Windows XP operates, mostly in the name of security. 

In this article, we will look at the new features Windows XP Service Pack 2 offers, as well as why the average user should bother with it. Following that, we'll run step-by-step through the installation process and new features of this significant upgrade to Windows XP. If you are installing a new PC with Windows XP, and would like to know how to Slipstream WinXP and SP2 onto on install CD.

What's New Windows XP Professional Sp2:

*To put it simply, a lot. There are a couple of reasons why this service pack was delayed so long, and we're willing to bet that the main reason was the number of new additions that were added. 

*The main area of change is security, especially Internet security. As we have stated before, Windows XP and its sister operating systems Windows 2000 and 2003 Server are well secured as far as protecting data and passwords goes, but are full of holes when connected directly to the Internet.

*The change that users will notice right off the bat is the addition of the Windows XP security Center. This thoughtful addition to the control panel is designed to give users easy, centralized access to the security features of XP such as the firewall.

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Windows XP Service Pack 3: XP SP3 (final release)

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File Size 316MB

File Name WindowsXP-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu.exe


Windows XP Service Pack 3 (XP SP3) fixes a range of bugs and adds new features to Windows XP. The file is a large download and can be applied to any version of Windows XP Home, Professional, TabletPC or Media Center (32 bit only). However, you must have installed either Windows SP1 or SP2 before SP3.* Keep in mind that new patches made available after Service Pack 3 was released (mid April 2008) will still need to be applied.

Important notes: Microsoft advise uninstalling any beta or Release Candidate versions before installing this final release. Do not install Service Pack 3 on systems with AMD chips unless a special hotfix has been applied first. This hotfix needs to be applied before SP3, otherwise your system may get stuck in a loop and never start.The file will download directly from Microsoft's servers - you may want to shorten the file name.

The advantage of this full download is that it can be used on any system - plus it doesn't require an Internet connection to install. You can download SP3, copy it to disc or a portable drive and use it on multiple PCs. Alternatively, since the file is so huge, you can download SP3 on a fast Internet connection and use it to update a PC with a slow or non-existent connection.

Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes the following:

  • All previous security patches and fixes released for Windows XP.
  • All enhancements and new features that were included with Windows XP SP1 and Windows XP SP2
  • Only two new features have been added: Black Hole Router Detection Windows and Network Access Protection (NAP).
  • The following are already available for Windows XP in stand-alone updates. Windows XP SP3 includes them by default (System administrators must choose to install each of these updates): MMC 3.0, MSXML6, Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1 v2, Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) 2.5, IPsec Simple Policy Update for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP, Digital Identity, Management Service (DIMS), Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) 2.1, Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2).
  • From the Release Notes: "Microsoft is not adding significant functionality from newer versions of Windows, such as Windows Vista, to Windows XP through XP SP3. For instance, Windows XP SP3 does not include Windows Internet Explorer 7, although Windows XP SP3 does include updates to both Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7, and it will update whichever version is installed on the computer. One notable exception is that, SP3 does include Network Access Protection (NAP)."
  • *This next bit is going to get confusing. Microsoft stopped supporting the early releases of Windows XP. You can't apply SP3 unless you have, at bare minimum, Windows XP SP1a. However, Service Pack 2 includes all of Service Pack 1a. So... if you have either Windows XP original (with no Service Pack), you must install Service Pack 2 first, followed by Service Pack 3. If you have Windows XP Service Pack 1a or Service Pack 2 already on your system, you can install Service Pack 3 now.
To download the complete 313MB SP3 for all English versions of Windows XP, click the download link at the top of this page.

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Raj Kumar said...

29 August 2012 at 02:46

download sp3

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19 September 2012 at 20:14

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sriaanh sahu said...

16 November 2012 at 02:45

Is it full version

bharathi said...

25 February 2013 at 20:53

where is the download link ?

Anonymous said...

25 February 2013 at 21:10

is it free version?

Amais Bajwa said...

5 March 2013 at 04:13

It is full version ... i have given you key ..just paste it ...and enjoy

Amais Bajwa said...

5 March 2013 at 04:15

sriaanh sahu
i have given you key ...
It means its full version*

Amais Bajwa said...

5 March 2013 at 04:15


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12 August 2013 at 21:59

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