MICROSOFT UNVEILS LATEST SERVICE PAK FOR WINDOWS XP August 29, 2008
Service Pak 3 for Windows XP is now available for free download
(REDMOND, WA) -- Microsoft has unveiled the company’s third "service pak" (Service Pak 3) for the company’s popular Windows XP operating system. The company views the Service Paks as normal upgrades to an operating system to make it more functional for the user.
Many techies view the Service Paks as glorified “bug fixes” in the operating system that programmers should have worked out long before the operating system was sold to the public. Some techno types go so far as refusing to purchase a new Microsoft operating system until the 2nd or 3rd service pak is released, under the assumption those Service Paks represent the operating system as the one that should have been released for sale to the public.
Service Paks are in fact cumulative downloads of operating system fixes delivered in earlier service packs and patches but they also include fixes and patches not previously delivered to consumers.
Some of the fixes are very important for computer security. You can check out a complete list of these Service Pak 3 fixes at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946480/.
Some users though are hesitant to download Service Pak 3 due to the Microsoft advisory at the download location to close all programs and back up your system. And it is true that while most people should have no problem downloading and installing Service Pak 3, some users are bound to encounter problems due to a variety of technical factors.
Should you do download and install the service pak and encounter problems, FREE technical support for the Windows XP Service Pak is available until April 14, 2009 on the SP3 support site: http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?ln=en-us&prid=11273&gprid=522131.
Also, Microsoft says customers are entitled to free unlimited installation and compatibility support for Windows XP SP3 when they update their older versions of Windows XP (from Windows XP RTM, SP1 or SP2).