Microsoft XP SP3 to Hit PCs Today

Posted by sumeethevans on July 11 2008, 2:20 AM. Posted in Windows XP.

The iPhone 3G isn't the only thing being released this week. Microsoft on Thursday will release its automatic update for Windows XP service pack 3 (SP3). The updates are expected to hit PCs by 10 a.m. Pacific time, July 10.

"Windows XP SP3 could be released to Automatic Updates as early as Thursday," according to a Microsoft spokesman. "As with all service pack releases, Microsoft will carefully monitor the release to ensure that all customers have a good experience."

 The update will not have to be reinstalled, Microsoft said. Microsoft released XP SP3 on May 7 after a compatibility issue delayed its original April 29 release date.

Service Pack 3 adds several networking and security improvements, and compatibility with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 security credential providers. It also incorporates features previously available individually as separate updates, such as Microsoft Windows Imaging Component (WIC), Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3.0, and Wi-Fi Protected Access 2.

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