Overview of Windows XP Service Pack 3
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Abstract Windows0 XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes all previously released updates for the operating system. in addition to a small number of new functionalities that will not significantly change customers
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Contents Introduction ........................................................................................... 3
What Is In Senrice Pack 3 .......................................................................4
Previously Released Functionality 5
New and Enhanced Functionality 6
Deploying Windows XP SP3 .................................................................. 9
Summary ............................................................................................... 10
Microsoft works to continually improve the performance, security, and stability of the Windows operating system. As part of this effort, Microsoft develops updates, fixes, and other improvements that address issues reported by the company
For customers with existing Windows XP installations, Windows XP SP3 fills gaps in the updates they might have missed-for example, by declining individual updates when using Automatic Updates, and updates not available through Windows Update. Developing service packs for operating systems like Windows XP, which is nearing its end-of-sales period, is a standard practice, and Microsoft does this for the convenience of its customers and partners. Users no longer need to install three to four years worth of updates when installing Windows XP, and partners have a new, updated baseline on which to test their applications and hardware. This white paper describes what is new in Windows XP SP3 and provides an overview of how customers can deploy the service pack. What Is In Service Pack 3 Windows XP SP3 includes all previously released Windows XP updates, including security updates and hotfixes, and select out-of-band releases. Windows XP SP2 was released in August 2004. Since then, Microsoft has released hundreds of updates. Windows XP SP3 includes all of these updates. Microsoft is not adding significant Windows Vista functionality to Windows XP through SP3.
However, SP3 does include Network Access Protection (NAP) to help organizations that use Windows XP to take advantage of new features in the Windows Server43 2008 operating system. Further, Windows XP SP3 does not include Windows Internet Explorer 7. For more information about Internet Explorer 7, visit Knowledge Base article 2 lists all other all Knowledge Base articles that Windows XP SP3 addresses. The following sections provide a high-level description of the functionality included in Windows XP SP3. For example, the service pack includes functionality previously released as updates, such as the Microsom Management Console (MMC) 3.0 and the Microsoft Core XML Services 6.0 (MSXML6). Users can download these updates and apply them individually to computers running Windows XP SP2. Windows XP SP3 also includes a small list of previously unavailable functionality, including NAP and an update of Windows Product Activation. Previously Released Functionality The functionality that Table 1 describes is already available for Windows XP in stand-alone updates. System administrators must choose to install each of these updates, however.
Windows XP SP3 includes them by default. Table 1. Previously Released Functionality I Functionality I Description I MMC 3.0 MMC 3.0 is a framework that unifies and simplifies day-to-day system management tasks in Windows by providing common navigation, menus, toolbars, and workflow across diverse tools. Microsoft Knowledge Base article
Microsoft Knowledge Base article I I I describes this previously released update in more detail. I - UigN iaenuFj- Management Service (DIMS) applications and services. rotocol (PNRP) 2.1 communicate with Windows V i programs that use PNRP. Microsoft Knowledge Base artic
Table 2 describes some of the more significant changes in Windows XP SP3. With few exceptions, Microsoff is not adding Windows Vista features to Windows XP through SP3. As noted earlier, one exception is the addition of NAP to Windows XP to help organizations running Windows XP to take advantage of new features in Windows Server 2008. For a list of Knowledge Base articles that Windows XP SP3 addresses, see Knowledge Base article 936929. Table 2. New and Enhanced Functionality Functionality 1 Description 1 ents to black hole router detectior. tection I default = - = L - N&%WkAccess - ldAP is a policy ar I Bl3W 5 Server 2008, and Windows XP SP3 with which you can better protect network assets by enforcing compliance with system health requirements.
Using NAP, you can create customized health policies to validate P computer health before allowing access or communication; automatically update compliant computers to ensure ongoing compliance; and optionall) confine noncompliant computers to a restricted network until they become compliant. For more information about NAP, see Functionality Description ptions User Interface descriptive text to explain settings and prevent incorrect settings configuration.
Figure 1 shows an example of this new
I service policy entries Additionally, the user interface for the Impersonate Client After Authentication user right will not be able to remove these settings. module in the kernel mode level of the Windows operating system. It runs as a kernel mode export driver (a kernel-mode DLL) and encapsulates several different cryptographic algorithms in an easy-to-use cryptographic module extensible by other kernel mode drivers. It can be linked to other kernel mode services to permit the use of Flips 140-1 Level I-compliant cryptography. For more information, see the Microsoft Kernel Mode Functionality 4 Windows Product Activation As in Windows Server 2003 SP2 and Windows Vista, users can now complete operating system installation without providing a product key during a full, integrated installation of Windows XP SP3. The operating system will prompt the user for a product key later as part of Genuine Advantage.
As with previous service packs, no product key is requested or required when installing Windows XP SP3 using the update package available through Microsoft Update. Note The Windows Product Activation changes in Windows XP SP3 are not related to the Windows Vista Key Management Service (KMS). This update affects only new operating system installations from integrated source media. This update affects the installation media only and is not a change to how activation works in Windows XP. Deploying Windows XP SP3 Windows XP SP3 will be available through Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center. The service pack will also be available to Volume License customers, TechNet subscribers, and MSDNQ subscribers.
Through Windows Update, the download size varies, but it is typically 70 megabytes (MB), depending on the computer
Windows XP SP3 combines all previously released performance, security, and stability updates. It also provides a limited number of new and enhanced functionalities, although it does not significantly change the Windows XP experience or bring most Windows Vista functionality to Windows XP. The goals of Windows XP SP3 are to: Provide a new baseline for customers still deploying Windows XP, to help them avoid the inconvenience of applying individual updates. Fill gaps in the updates users might have missed by declining individual updates when using Automatic Updates, and to deliver updates not made available through Windows Update. For more information about Windows XP SP3, go to Windows XP Service Packs.