XP-SP3, anything new?

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  1. gerardwil

    gerardwil Registered Member

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    I read more and more people installed SP3 (RC) for XP.
    What is the advantage of doing so/having that? I can't find it.
    I have my XP up-to-date till Januari 2008. I guess that covers 95% of SP3 or am I wrong?

    Gerard
     
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    I don't know where you are getting that % from, but I doubt that's even close to being correct. While SP3 will include many of your post-SP2 patches, it will also contain security, stability and performance enhancements that have not been released prior to SP3. SP3 is now in the Release Candidate phase, so I expect the RTM within a few months.
     
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    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    I've heard strong reports that sp3 can introduce a 20% performance increase to an already fast and stable operating system.

    When I went back to xp, it was much faster than vista however I changed back simply because I missed it :)

    I did try sp3 and didn't really see the big difference personally, but maybe it was there.... Dont know.
     
  5. Brian N

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    Whats the point anyway, they'll kill XP support in June this year.
    No point in getting Vista either as a new OS is coming out in 2009 and then every 2nd year. Lovely..
     
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    Not June, but rather April 2009.

    The thing is, I believe this time its not going to be so easy for Microsoft simply because Vista has not kicked off the same way XP did when it was released. There is a significant population still using Windows XP; and IMO MS will need to hold out XP support until they get "Vienna" out the door.
     
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    microsux are already bringing out a new OS next year?

    and the point of vista was.........

    if this is the case, feel ripped off.
     
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    its gonna be a strain on software companys to have to rewrite their software for a new microsoft Operating system so often.
    i mean not all software works on vista yet and its already been out for a year.
    lodore
     
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    think back to "windows ME"

    vista is just the same, a buggy mess which most people will skip ;)
     
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    That's old news. The fact of the matter is... Microsoft is in the final stages of 'cooking' the next service packs for Windows Vista (SP1) and Windows XP (SP3).

    Expect both service packs to be released this quarter!
     
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    I think the next Windows is in 2010, not 2009. But you never know, maybe MS will just make a "refresh" of Vista and sell it as Windows Vista SE....
     
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    Most likely the case as I hardly see the proposed radical changes to be featued in Windows 7 being ready by then. Vista took thousands of employees, billions of dollars, and 5 years...and a chunk of features were still left out. Of course, Vista took on a lot of features that were to be in 7, and 2004 is when Vista really went into high gear with their code change, but the point remains. I don't foresee Microsoft being able to go back to days of short releases like 95 -> 98 -> 2000 -> XP, which the releases not being horrible.

    Maybe if Microsoft cuts some fat and bloat they'll be able to churn out a lean, excellent OS within only a few years time... Maybe. Of course they don't care and could release another OS that isn't ready, just to cash in and keep them heading forward. Bleh.

    Especially with analysts predicting Windows 7 in the latter of '09, which would make Vista the new ME.
     
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    Vista was developed in 2 years. It shows too.
     
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    2 years, wasn't it 5?
     
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    Began in 2001 but 2004 brought a code change to Server 2003.
     
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    Nope, it's not 2009. It's 2014.
    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-XP-Lives-Through-2014-with-Extended-Support-45347.shtml
     
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    While I agree their Extended lifecycle is a bit meh, on the contrary I've had to contact Microsoft numerous times over the years regarding home and business use, with varying degrees of success.
     
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    Extended support doesn't only mean support.
    "A Windows OS/program which enters ESP will no longer be available to buy/download but will continue to receive no-charge security updates until the end of the Extended Support period."

    So no, extended support isn't overrated.
     
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    Providing only security based updates for the last mainstream service pack, especially considering Microsoft's awesome :):) ) security updating, isn't the end-all-be-all some would like.

    It's nice to semi-allow your machine to boot with less security issues than if it wasn't in Extended, but that's really the only benefit. Certainly can't blame Microsoft - real support has to end sometime.
     
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    Hi all,

    Thank you all for your answers to my question, it was loud and clear.o_O
    Cheers,

    Gerard
     
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    I don't know if its just my warped perception but the systems i have installed sp3 on just seem to be running that bit smoother. The performance of a couple of older systems seems to have noticeably improved. Apart from that its not really a big change as far as i can see.
     
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    I'm using SP3 RC (3264) too. Computer is little bit faster with this than with SP2. I have used SP3 after very first beta releases and it's soon ready (IMO).

    -MikeNAS
     
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