Msg#: 3531477 posted 9:05 pm on Dec 19, 2007 (gmt 0)
Microsoft Corp. said today that it would post the release candidate of Windows XP Service Pack 3 to its download site tonight.
The move marks the first opportunity for all users of the six-year-old operating system to try out its final upgrade. Previously, several thousand users were given access to test builds of SP3 only by Microsoft's invitation.
According to a company spokeswoman, the version that debuts today, dubbed a "release candidate" to note progress from earlier betas, will be available from the Microsoft Download Center. She was unable, however, to say when the service pack would post to Windows Update so users can download and install it with the company's update service.
Msg#: 3531477 posted 1:08 am on Dec 20, 2007 (gmt 0)
Keep in mind that this is not the final version yet. It's close to being done, but it's not 100% yet. Unless you're confident testing beta products you may want to wait for a bit to try out this service pack.
Early reports say that the performance increases with this SP are impressive. I'm looking forward to the final product.
[edited by: bill at 1:18 am (utc) on Dec. 21, 2007]
Msg#: 3531477 posted 1:46 am on Dec 20, 2007 (gmt 0)
Started reading and there seems to be talk the performance increase is because it now takes advantage of dual-core and quad-core CPU's. My system has dual Xeon 5130 (dual-core) CPU's. The system has always been fast, but I still notice quite a difference in almost everything from loading a browser to any other program.
Msg#: 3531477 posted 2:11 pm on Dec 20, 2007 (gmt 0)
SP1 for Vista is also rumoured to improve performance. It is likely to be the result of changes to code that is common to both. Naturally, being Microsoft, when SP3 is released for XP, performance improvements will probably be switched off.