We are happy to announce that Windows® XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) is now available for download for subscribers on MSDN and Technet. You will find the Service Pack download listed under New Subscriber Downloads in MSDN and New Content in Subscriber Downloads in Technet Plus. Windows® XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) will be available to non-subscribers on 4/29 via Windows Update and Microsoft Download Center.

Windows® XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes all previously released updates for the operating system. This update also includes a small number of new functionalities, which do not significantly change customers’ experience with the operating system.  Microsoft is not adding significant Windows Vista functionality to Windows XP through SP3. However, SP3 does include Network Access Protection (NAP) to help organizations that use Windows XP to take advantage of new features in the Windows Server® 2008 operating system. Further, Windows XP SP3 does not include Windows Internet Explorer 7.

 

You can deploy SP3 using Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, or third-party solutions. The process has not fundamentally changed.

 

Release notes for Windows XP SP3 can be found on KB article 936929

 

For more information about Windows XP SP3, go to Windows XP Service Packs.

 

This white paper summarizes what is new in Windows XP SP3.

 

http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/8/7/687484ed-8174-496d-8db9-f02b40c12982/Overview%20of%20Windows%20XP%20Service%20Pack%203.pdf

 

Nick