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Sneak preview of Windows XP SP3

October 7th, 2005 by Patrick S

An unofficial preview pack containing what purports to be Windows XP Service Pack 3 has been uploaded to The Hotfix web site. The Hotfix is an independently-run site that specializes in downloads and discussions of Windows patches and bug fixes.

Ethan Allen, the owner and operator of The Hotfix, says that he put together the preview pack from patches he received from an internal source at Microsoft. The patches are official Microsoft files, but they have not yet been released via Windows Update.

*The patches in the preview version of SP3 are mainly security and bug fixes.
*There are a total of 208 hotfixes included in the package.
*Not included is Internet Explorer 7, now available in beta from the Microsoft web site. It is not clear whether the final SP3 build will ship with IE7 or whether it will simply support it as an extra download.
*A Windows Media Player Update, code named “Emerald,” is planned but not guaranteed for SP3.

Also unknown is whether or not SP3 will contain any of the Vista technologies, such as the WinFX application programming interface, that have been backported to Windows XP. It would make sense to put all the Vista-specific enhancements in a single service pack, in order to make it easier for organizations to standardize on a platform capable of running all the same applications. The fate of WinFS in SP3, not scheduled to ship with Vista but planned as an add-on release some time later, is also unknown

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  1. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Yeh this website is pretty good. Having said that about WinFS though, I’ve got the beta running in a virtual machine on my laptop, and I can’t really see what use it really is. It doesn’t organise files, it doesn’t really do much at all. Can anyone reitterate what WinFS *actually* does? LOL

  2. Deansweb2004 Says:

    News stated on Neowin,Bink.bu Microsoft warns Users not to install this preview update from thehotfix.net and only to install updates from Microsoft Windows Updates