As noted on TechNet today off the main Windows XP TechCenter, Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) is now available for download and install via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center.

Windows XP SP3 includes all previously released updates for the operating system, in addition to a small number of new updates. Windows XP SP3 will not significantly change the Windows XP experience.

Get Windows XP Service Pack 3

Subscribers:

Non-subscribers:

Windows XP SP3 is now available to non-subscribers via:

We recommend customers use Windows Update to install the service pack, as it will provide the best experience.

As I noted previously, if you are an IT systems administrator, developer, or if you're no stranger to installing updates from the DLC, you can update XP systems to SP3 via the SP available on the Download Center (as noted above), or as a download on Windows Update. 

For consumers, you'll start to see XP SP3 distributed via Automatic Update in early summer.

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