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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) Available for Download from Windows Update

Finally, Microsoft has made Windows Service Pack 3 (SP3) available for download via Windows Update (Web).

Service Pack 3 will contain all previously released Windows XP updates, including security updates, out-of-band releases, and hotfixes. SP3 will also feature four Vista features.
  • Network Access Protection (NAP) is a policy enforcement platform meant for enterprise use that blocks systems attempting to access a network until they meet whatever security criteria the corporation has in place.
    "Black Hole" Router Detection helps detect and protect end users from a router that drops packets without returning the specified Internet Control Message Protocol response.

  • Microsoft Kernel Cryptographic Module incorporates cryptographic algorithms in a single module other kernel mode drivers are capable of hooking into and accessing.

  • The new Product Activation module allows users to install XP without entering a product key at installation.
    Article from ars technica

Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview (in pdf)

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