XP SP3: The test-build parade continues

XP SP3: The test-build parade continues

Summary: Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 is done. But Microsoft's other major Windows service pack, Windows XP SP3, continues to wind its way through the testing process. Another new test build of XP SP3 went to 15,000 testers this week.


Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 is done. But Microsoft's other major Windows service pack, Windows XP SP3, continues to wind its way through the testing process.

On February 7, Microsoft delivered a new test build of XP SP3 to its inner circle of 15,000 pre-selected testers, company officials said. The newest test build is labeled as XP SP3 Release Candidate (RC) 2.

Microsoft's statement (sent to me via e-mail on February 8):

"Yesterday, we released Windows XP SP3 RC 2 to private beta testers. This release catches the build up on previously released hotfixes and responds to critical feedback from previous betas. We are targeting 1H 2008 for the release of XP SP3 RTM, though our timing will always be based on customer feedback as a first priority."

The RC2 build of XP SP3 follows the XP SP3 RC1 Refresh 2 build Microsoft provided to the same 15,000 testers in late January.

I asked Microsoft this week if there was any truth to a post circulating that claimed the company has decided to release the final XP SP3 bits in mid-March. A spokeswoman said the company's official word on XP SP3 availability, as some time in the first half of 2008, is all that will be said on the planned release date.

Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • When is SP3 RC Refresh 2...

    ...being released to the GP? Any word?
    D T Schmitz
    • SP 3 RC Refresh 2 and SP3 RC2

      I asked. Microsoft said it's still up in the air if and when they will release this week's RC2 build to the public.
      Mary Jo Foley
      • Thanks Mary Jo

        D T Schmitz
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  • Bottom line:

    How do you expect Microsoft to implement
    full and complete integration of DRM in
    WinXP, when they don't yet have a working
    model in Vista? And WGA, when it must be
    completely invisible to satisfy the most
    discreet "user"?

    Patience, little ones! Don't you know that
    you can depend on Microsoft to always bring
    you the best (paying) most lucrative parts
    of their sinister most secretive technology?
    Ole Man
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      And I use Belarc Advisor every month and download the security patches manually, thereby bypassing WGA altogether.


      The last time I used auto updates was about three years ago.
      hasta la Vista, bah-bie
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