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Advised not to use the SP3 hotfix

October 10th, 2005 by Patrick S

This is sort of old news but a while ago i posted about the new SP3 demo (well sort of) A letter has emerged from Mike Brannigan Mike Brannigan [MSFT] advising people not to use it. The messsage is quoted below.

"From: "Mike Brannigan [MSFT]"
Subject: Re: Windows XP SP3 Preview download
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2005 23:16:08 +0100
X-Priority: 3
Newsgroups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general

You would be well advised to stay clear of this FAKE SP3 package.
It is NOT suitable for testing as it is NOT SP3.

If is just a collection of hotfixes and other updates we have released. It will not update your Windows XP system to SP3
It also contains a number of private " hotfixes that are usually only issued to users with a specific identifiable problem. The hotfixes are not as rigorously tested at public released ones this is why we ask you to call PSS to get them so we can track you and provide further assistance such as new versions of the fixes etc as they become available. Just installing all the "privates" on your PC may make you machine LESS stable and will also put you out of support from Microsoft or an OEM as you are installing incorrectly issued private hotfixes.

Frankly this "package" should be avoid and you should continue to use
Windows Update and the download site to get the most up-to-date and correctly issued Microsoft fixes and patches.
Please note I cannot respond to e-mailed questions, please use these

Anyone who installs this thinking they are getting SP3 (even as a preview)
is being grossly mislead and is posing a significant potentially non
recoverable risk to their PC and data.


Mike Brannigan [Microsoft]

This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no

Source Google Newsgroups

Therefore i guess we will no-longer recomend it aswell unless you are confident you know what you are doing.

-Patrick S

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4 Responses

  1. Deansweb2004 Says:

    Hmm, Didn’t you allready post this, or was it dunno Can’t rememeber, anyways.. I personally thought it was abit silly creating Windows XP SP3 Preview.

  2. Patrick E Says:

    LOL Well, it was just a ZIP file w/ a bunch of hotfixes and QFEs.. The fact that some of them may have an xpsp_sp3 or whatever build tag doesn’t mean anything, pre-SP2 hotfixes had the same.. I’m not expecting much from SP3, as most of the development of Windows will move to Windows Vista. Same reason we’ll never see Windows Firewall for Windows 2000…

  3. Deansweb2004 Says:

    Yer, good comment. But I’m sure Microsoft is just worrying about the Users experience and this might conflict with other updates or something.

  4. Patrick S Says:

    Nah i saw it on the MSFT public NG’s,
    I thought i would just post it anyway because it is interesting.
    A good point is made though about how some of those hot fixes ARE NOT NEEDED and COULD make your system unstable.