The Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) is the recently released patch package for Windows XP. It includes numerous updates and fixes that enhance the security of the operating system.

Windows XP Service Pack 3 download: patches and updates

The Windows XP Service Pack 3 download was released on May 6, 2008 on the Microsoft Download Center and Windows Update. The 313 megabytes comprehensive file contains a Package of all software updates and bug fixes, which Microsoft has published since the release of Windows XP. The SP3 can only be installed if the Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) already exist on the system.

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Increased security for wireless connections to the XP SP 3

In addition to updating the Windows XP Service Pack 3 brings some more updated programs on the computer, including the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) 2.5, Windows Installer 3.1, Management Console (MMC) 3.0 and the XML Core Services 6.0. The focus of the third XP software patch is on Patches and updates, that affect safety. Very important: For wireless network connections, the XP user can now on the Use WPA encryption technology. This results in increased safety, especially in WLAN connections compared to its predecessor. The Security Center has also been provided with much better descriptions and a Windows security device (FIPS) implemented.

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More security in networks with the XP Service Pack 3

Of the Windows XP Service Pack 3 download provides support for NAP (Network Access Protection) and a recognition of Black Hole Router. the virtualization system Hyper V also can be used. By contrast, there were no updates to the Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player, as was 1 and 2 the case with the service pack. In addition, the installation has been adapted to the Windows XP Service Pack 3rd was the future and is in deploying Windows not a product key more necessary. This can be filed within 30 days as part of the product activation.

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No support for Windows XP

A Windows XP Service Pack 4, there will be no more. Microsoft had indeed extended the support period for Windows XP. However, this ended now after 13 years on April 8, 2014 final. On May 2, 2014, Microsoft released one last security update for Windows XP via Windows Update, despite spilled support. According to Microsoft, it will for XP customers no security updates and technical support give more. It is noteworthy that there was a year before the support end of the market share of Windows XP still at nearly 40 percent.

Mandatory download for Windows XP users

The service pack number 3 ironed out countless problems and bugs on XP computers and improves the stability and speed of the operating system. There are indeed included a few new features, but just in terms of security has become the SP3 lot done. It can be installed on both Professional or Home versions of the operating system. For both issues a unified SP 3 exists.