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Windows XP Service Pack 3 RC2 Available

This is a guest post by RLSLOG reader Hemant Sahi

Windows XP users rejoice as dear old Microsoft has released Service Pack 3 RC2 for Windows XP. New features that users can expect from this package includes stronger networking protocols with black hole router detection and Network Access Protection, with Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) that was provided for in Windows Vista. But as this isn’t a final version, if your system has been stable and running fine, I would suggest you not to upgrade for a while and let the bugs and kinks be fully worked out. Take my word for it; it’ll definitely be worth the wait.

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 Micorsoft Windows Imaging Component (WIC), Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3.0, and Wi-Fi Protected Access 2. To view a full list of the new features available in this pack, click here. You can also download Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate 2 via Windows Update. Previous release candidates of SP3 must be removed before making the update.


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  1. Mark
    February 22nd, 2008 | 16:59

    What is the MD5 hash checksum value of this build 3311?
    I ask because many torrents say build 3311, but it’s actually just build 3300 as MD5 7D0D8928FB56C54232EEFB15170F6E5E.

  2. billlumberg
    February 22nd, 2008 | 16:59

    Thanks for the post, good info… mmm yeah

  3. transitshawn
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:00

    I use xp I don’t find the need to use vista
    glad to see that m$ is still supporting XP for now. How many people prefer Vista?

  4. marduk
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:01

    nice thanks :P

  5. Kevlin
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:01

    A note: build 3300 can be applied without the removal of prior SP3 builds. Why does build 3311 which isn’t final need to remove prior builds, thinking when SP3 gets RTM the same will be true again? Just curious…

  6. dragoshell
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:05

    great news! but I’ll wait for the final SP3 to upgrade my pc :D

  7. Sara
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:05

    SP3 installs the Network Access Protection module, which allows network administrators to establish policies that ensure each attached XP machine has a high enough health level—in other words, is secure enough—to access the network. Health levels can be based on any combination of antivirus signatures, firewall and port settings, and the current update status of the PC according to Windows Update. When an XP machine attempts to contact the network, it must pass a health test. If the system fails, the network can prevent or restrict access.

    What’s interesting about this is in that NAP is mainly for Windows Server 2008 functionality. How does this benefit Windows XP?

    If anything, NAP can prevent or restrict your Internet access, so do you still think this is a good thing to install in your XP machine?

  8. paskat housus
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:07


  9. marduk
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:07

    Wimbledon DVDRip XviD iNT-TD

  10. Judge
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:08

    @Ghost Rider

    Build 3300 states this upon installing. it’s in the EULA which clearly displays before installing the service pack. If you recall, build 3300 never went out to the public, it was only released to private beta testers dude!

  11. you raff you ruse
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:10

    #8 only if your computer is on a AD domain that enforces NAP health requirements through GPOs. So, for a home user, it certainly does not restrict nobodys internet access.

  12. Observer
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:11

    That NAP thing promises big headaches… hope there will be a way to disable it. Still, I´m looking forward for the final or RTM version at the very least. BTW I hope rlslog will post any future version of Windows with SP3 integrated, scene or not!

  13. you raff you ruse
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:14

    besides, after installing SP3, NAP service is disabled. And like i said, for home users, not on corporate networks with domain controllers enforcing NAP, it has no effect of any kind.

  14. marduk
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:16

    In With Thieves 2008 DVDRip XviD-VoMiT
    Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins TELESYNC XviD-ORC
    Abe And Bruno 2006 DVDRip XviD-VoMiT

  15. noone
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:22

    how adding more features to xp is going to make it run 10% faster? isn’t that what they said earlier?

  16. da dude
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:23

    any links for megashares…?

  17. Mc Bain
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:32

    i want to see less crap in Xp,ah the good old days the Amiga OS was state of the art in resources.

  18. paerker
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:35

    yeh old been out for a couple days nah im playing i got this and it rocks

  19. LeonaLewis
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:42

    Please post the ETH0 slipstreamed version of the final version of the SP 3 as soon as it’s available! Thank you!

  20. bimmer
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:47

    i have vista and plenty of ram, gotten use to it.. dont mind it really. use xp on a second computer and have them linked with synergy and works flawless.

  21. paerker
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:50

    Please post the ETH0 slipstreamed version of the final version of the SP 3 as soon as it’s available! Thank you!

    they already have it i could post rs links if yall would like

  22. paerker
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:54
  23. paerker
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:56
  24. paerker
    February 22nd, 2008 | 17:56

    Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. The name “XP” stands for eXPerience.[2] It was codenamed “Whistler”, after Whistler, British Columbia, as many Microsoft employees skied at the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort during its development. Windows XP is the successor to both Windows 2000 Professional and Windows Me, and is the first consumer-oriented operating system produced by Microsoft to be built on the Windows NT kernel (version 5.1) and architecture. Windows XP was first released on October 25, 2001, and over 400 million copies were in use in January 2006, according to an estimate in that month by an IDC analyst.[3] It is succeeded by Windows Vista, which was released to volume license customers on November 8, 2006, and worldwide to the general public on January 30, 2007.


  25. Poppa!
    February 22nd, 2008 | 18:14

    Namastey Mr. Hemant Sahi for this but I will wait for at least the RTM.
    BTW, @Martin
    How can a reader make a “guest post”?

  26. M
    February 22nd, 2008 | 18:19

    I do, by far, prefer Vista. It is faster and smoother than XP. No, I don’t have an insane computer, just an ordinary laptop.

  27. Dogmeat
    February 22nd, 2008 | 18:23

    Would be sweet if they added DX10 compatibility, but that would be like saying Vista is dead. :)

  28. Matt
    February 22nd, 2008 | 18:30

    For those looking for an O/S that doesn’t waste resources on fancy aero interfaces, and slow file transfer times, and flakey drivers, and copy protection routines demanded by Hollywod, then you should install Microsoft DOS 7.0.

    Microsoft DOS 7.0 has none of these resource wasting functions, and leaves you all of the available raw horsepower of your PC. Never get bogged down again with a “mouse”, and have to worry about “windows”. Just type and enjoy.

  29. Eric
    February 22nd, 2008 | 18:33

    I need help. I try using Windows update and it doesn’t work. I try installing the items but none ever do. They always say installation failed.

  30. paerker
    February 22nd, 2008 | 18:33

    dx 10 will never come out for xp never

  31. paerker
    February 22nd, 2008 | 18:48

    Heres the reg link i downloaded it then reuploaded it from site

  32. TDream
    February 22nd, 2008 | 18:51
  33. paerker
    February 22nd, 2008 | 18:56

    faake that dx 10 thing is fake

  34. jamescarter
    February 22nd, 2008 | 19:05

    Funny rush hour 3 mock up video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qrh5dAkSlc

  35. ELCouz
    February 22nd, 2008 | 19:15

    @ paskat housus
    @ paerker


    in the other way thx for this wonderful rls!

  36. Irritating
    February 22nd, 2008 | 19:21

    i am still running SP1 over here.

    never had any problems yet…

    Is this release really worthwhile to me?

  37. paerker
    February 22nd, 2008 | 19:23


  38. Wicked
    February 22nd, 2008 | 19:28

    DX10 for XP ?! Wtf?:D

  39. paerker
    February 22nd, 2008 | 19:30

    theres no dx 10 for xp they stopped working on it january 7th

  40. paerker
    February 22nd, 2008 | 19:34

    you cant get dx 10 driver on xp..
    youd haft to re write xp almost entierlty..

    dx 10 is deeply ingrained in to the bowels of vista. its one of the main features of its capabilaties..

    you will never ght 100% dx10 support on xp..

    theres attempted projects out there that try to emulate dx 10.
    but they are simply using direct x 9 on a dx 10 card and trying to force the dx 0 effects out..

    result – It dosent work not even 1 little bit.
    and becaus yuo messabout with somany dx fles trying to make it work. by the time you decide “i can only get dx 10 on vista”
    yuve totaly knackerd your dx 9 support on xp.

    Vista dosent suck..
    but prehaps some users dont use pc’s well enough so it seems to suck for them.

    or they have crappy pc’s and should really be on windows 98 se.

  41. TDream
    February 22nd, 2008 | 19:51


    So have you tested DirectX 10 for Windows XP yet?
    No… I thought so.


  42. paerker
    February 22nd, 2008 | 19:59

    yes i tried it dont work ou cuk suuking muttho fukfa

  43. hibby
    February 22nd, 2008 | 20:29

    @ irritating ‘i am still running SP1 over here.

    never had any problems yet…

    Is this release really worthwhile to me?’

    Well, yes it is. So is SP” if you want to stop being part of a Botnet, you fud….

  44. Digital
    February 22nd, 2008 | 20:41
  45. Not Stupid
    February 22nd, 2008 | 21:10

    I am not big into downloading RC’s especially of this magnitude, but I was wondering if anyone heard of a free CD offering like they did when SP2 came out? If not, then I will do some research and pass the info here.


  46. paerker
    February 22nd, 2008 | 21:11

    Bill gates might retire ):

  47. indianpunk
    February 22nd, 2008 | 21:35

    i got the ETHo release a week back and will test it this weekend by upgrading on there last relese lets see how it goes will give u the verdict tommorrow is it worth it or not

  48. BJ
    February 22nd, 2008 | 21:43
  49. patienceWindows
    February 22nd, 2008 | 21:43

    Give it time guys, I remember when XP came out many people didnt like it either. It was mainly because being a new system it had its flaws and secondly most systems and software were designed for Window 98 so they wouldnt run on the new windows. But now how many out there will say that XP sucks…..
    So hopefully after a few months or maybe next year, all of us will be vista users. lets see.

  50. Reality
    February 23rd, 2008 | 01:16

    I still don’t get the purpose of Windows XP Service Pack 3. My WinXP with SP2 couldn’t run better. I’ve read it’s basically just all the updates since SP2 wrapped in a new authentication scheme with a possible time-bomb feature to catch hacked copies (primarily the “corporate” version of XP Pro). I don’t see the advantage to “upgrading”.

    Let the tryer beware!! It might not mess up your system now, but just wait for the “bomb” to detonate.


  51. tasc
    February 23rd, 2008 | 01:35

    I gotta agree with ghost rider/post 6. I got xp pro rc 2 in one of my comps from September 2000 i think (can’t remember exactly,its been too long) till now.Its been upgraded dozens of times and now its runs with sp3 rc2(it actually is me download machine). Wtf is this “take my word for it” bawlocks? If u want to alert ppl who don’t know much ’bout installation procedure,clean install or upgrade etc., u should say don’t try unless u know what u r doing. Definitely some here know much more bout what they re doin’ with their comp than others. Have a nice day :-)

  52. LOL
    February 23rd, 2008 | 01:42

    Does anyone know if Service Pack 3 includes all the updates for .NET framework?

    If not, when will microsoft learn to integrate the .NET framework. The problem is that downloading framenetwork 1,2 and 3 +update fix takes more than 200 MB to download.

  53. tasc
    February 23rd, 2008 | 01:46

    Additional @ the poster: Not trying to b rude here m8 – just pointing out that if u re a windows expert u should give us some insight of whats yer occupation so we “take your word for it”.I build hi grade pcs for exclusive ppl for a second income almost 10 yrs now ,plus i have this rls 12-13 days now
    from newsgroups/usenet. Should i be a poster /admin or what ? lol

  54. alk
    February 23rd, 2008 | 02:28

    alot of programs still dont work with sp3 why dl it if they dont have compatiblity with xp sp3 will wait for it updates auto…

  55. HM
    February 23rd, 2008 | 02:53

    To post #55 (LOL).

    SP3 doesn’t integrate any fixes to the .NET Framework other than all those applicable to .NET v1.0 (not even v1.1), because XP RTM never shipped with these later versions. Similarly, SP3 won’t get you IE7 or WMP11.

    BTW, Don’t bother installing .NET 2.0, just install 3.0 if you are so inclined, as it includes 2.0 anyway (try it and see).

    And don’t forget .NET 3.5 ! -> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=333325FD-AE52-4E35-B531-508D977D32A6&displaylang=en

  56. jjt
    February 23rd, 2008 | 03:22

    It SHOULD be 1 years ago
    Poor M$’s users!

  57. masterOfcreatures
    February 23rd, 2008 | 03:24

    SP2 came out about 4 years after WinXP shipped. Give Vista another 3 years and then we can talk. And then only install it on new machines.

    You’re dreaming if you think we will all be Vista users by next year. People still ‘downgrade’ (actually upgrade) to WinXP from their new machines that ship with Vista.

    Why bother with Vista? If you want to really upgrade then learn Linux and enjoy. WinXP SP2 Corporate + Linux = Good.

  58. demonslay3r
    February 23rd, 2008 | 03:41

    Vista is better than XP.

  59. Phil Urich
    February 23rd, 2008 | 04:19

    @60, yeah, I took the time a few years back to learn the guts of Linux when I saw Vista on the horizon, and nowadays I even do most of my *gaming* in Linux (Kubuntu), not to mention the less vendor-locked-in tasks like downloading and browsing.

    Hell, with the latest release I’m pretty sure Ubuntu has the NVIDIA drivers enabled by default; at worst they’re a few clicks away (and no browsing to NVIDIA’s website required or anything), and even between just XP SP2 and Linux I’ve noticed massive differences in the speed of games. Anyone out there that’s looking warily towards Vista, I’d say download an Ubuntu or Kubuntu live CD, throw it in your drive, try it out for a few minutes at least; you might like what you see, and you’ll have to do SOMETHING when Microsoft inevitably stops updating XP.

  60. Not Stupid
    February 23rd, 2008 | 06:15

    @#53 /Reality… Thank you for reminding me why I am not getting this update! I believe I said the same thing a while back.

  61. LOL
    February 23rd, 2008 | 06:42

    #58 (HM), thank you for your answer.

  62. dan
    February 23rd, 2008 | 08:06

    February 22nd, 2008 | 18:33
    dx 10 will never come out for xp never
    And you are a twit, directly from Microsofts site
    “Download DirectX 10 for windows XP is available now. You can download it as the alpha version is said to be working by some users. It is said to work for Windows XP and with directx 10 games and graphics card, they should be able to play directx 10 compatible games like they play in Microsoft’s Windows Vista.

    While in Vista, the name is changed to Direct 3D and this will be the new designation for all versions of Direct after this date.”

    Now doofus, are you calling Microsoft a liar when they say this IS available for XP??? I mean since they made the program and their partners made Direct X, dont you think for one second that they would know what is in their released products?


  63. Byron
    February 23rd, 2008 | 08:35

    what is the build number, 3300 or 3311?

  64. Justin Case
    February 23rd, 2008 | 11:53

    Windows XP SP3 Build 3311 RC2 Direct Download – Legit Links


    OS String: Build 2600.xpsp.080212-0005 (Service Pack 3, v.3311)
    Files Version: 5.1.2600.3311 (xpsp.080212-0005)

    Windows XP SP3 RC2 build v.3311 English
    Windows XP SP3 RC2 build v.3311 Deutsch

    Digital Signature Date: February 12, 2008
    Digital Signature Dienstag, 12. Februar 2008 21:10:42

    Windows Service Pack 3 Build 3311 stand alone installer

    XP SP3 v.3311 German 312 MB
    MD5: E8D6D28195E3BD8772E7EA9684D138D5
    SHA1: 899afd304b10725603494bbb2145176d5cd0fd8c

    XP SP3 v.3311 English 315 MB
    MD5: 043391FB959D5623BD42EA376452F203
    SHA1: 9afedbd6b2941bf568c27046d6688e6ccb5ce018

    XP SP3 v.3311 Japanese 324.5 MB

  65. Caveman
    February 23rd, 2008 | 16:57

    This is quoted directly from MSDN;

    “Will DirectX 10 be available for Windows XP?

    No. Windows Vista, which has DirectX 10, includes an updated DirectX runtime based on the runtime in Windows XP SP2 (DirectX 9.0c) with changes to work with the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) and the new audio driver stack, and with other updates in the operating system. In addition to Direct3D 9, Windows Vista supports two new interfaces when the correct video hardware and drivers are present: Direct3D9Ex and Direct3D10.

    Since these new interfaces rely on the WDDM technology, they will never be available on earlier versions of Windows. All the other changes made to DirectX technologies for Windows Vista are also specific to the new version of Windows. The name DirectX 10 is misleading in that many technologies shipping in the DirectX SDK (XACT, XINPUT, D3DX) are not encompassed by this version number. So, referring to the version number of the DirectX runtime as a whole has lost much of its meaning, even for 9.0c. The DirectX Diagnostic Tool (DXdiag.exe) on Windows Vista does report DirectX 10, but this really only refers to Direct3D 10.”

  66. lol
    February 23rd, 2008 | 17:06

    “Download DirectX 10 for windows XP is available now. This DirectX 10 for windows XP still in alpha stages and [b]isn’t the original of DirectX 10 files from Microsoft. As Microsoft has announced that the DirectX 10 currently support to Windows Vista only.[/b]”


  67. dan
    February 23rd, 2008 | 17:23

    Yes lol I know that they are the same. You dont think that other people snatch quotes or stories from different sites and use them?

    I beta test for Microsoft so I should know a tiny bit about what they do. In fact my beta test supervisor jason, has stated that microsoft does indeed have a direct x 10 for windows in the alpha stage. And that is where they stopped as they do not want anyone thinking they are going to continue with this for anything below Vista. Hence this is why this link states what it does. They got a copy of the MS Alpha for direct x 10 and are trying to continue it via sort of an open source type thing.

  68. dan
    February 23rd, 2008 | 17:26

    Before anyone tries to imply different, download this and check the code against direct x 9, you will see that except for some minor changes, the code is EXACTLY THE SAME MS CODE!!!

    Pretty hard to write the exact same code for two different peorgrams unless you had the kernal and script from the original alpha from the maker.

  69. dan
    February 23rd, 2008 | 17:27

    sorry, big fingers, small keyboard. I ment programs

  70. Dan
    February 24th, 2008 | 14:30



  71. jimbo
    February 26th, 2008 | 22:48

    best method for installing windows vista : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVbf9tOGwno

    also every os sucks :

  72. colt
    February 28th, 2008 | 22:57

    whats everybodys deal with vista i run crysis on very high settings with a 8800 gts 2.0 vid card and four gigs of ram. And I still gets around fifty fps with no lagging. If your having that much trouble then maybe its time to upgrade your hardware.