Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Windows XP Service Pack 3 RC2 released

Microsoft releases second Release Candidate of Service Pack 3 for XP ..

We've been testing Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate 1 here on the 'beta box' since our previous post(s) in December, with no significant bugs found..

Earlier today, Microsoft released Windows SP3 Release Candidate 2.

A few notes to beta testers:
1) SP3 RC1 must be uninstalled before installing the new Release Candidate.
2) The download is a script which modifies the registry to accept the newer RC2 from Windows Update (Download the script, then head over to Microsoft Update to download and install).

The script can be found at the Microsoft download center here

We are currently testing the Release Candidate 2 and will provide some feedback to Microsoft and YOU as soon as it gets a good test drive, as always.

Note: Microsoft considers any CTP's or Release Candidates to be beta software and strongly recommends not installing on your primary or any mission-critical computers.

Update: Test drive looks good today. In fact (we're going to take a closer look at this), there seems to be a very slight speed improvement on both test boxes ?!