The Release Candidate 1 of Windows XP latest service pack, Windows XP Service Pack 3 is now available for download for MSDN members. (Check download link below).
SP3 includes a ton of security updates, some Vista code, and a couple of brand spanking new features for Windows XP:
- There’s a new Windows Product Activation model that does not require you to enter a product key during setup.
- Network Access Protection modules and policies have been brought over from Windows Vista.
- There’s a new module in the kernel that provides access to cryptographic algorithms.
- Windows XP can now detect routers that are discarding data.
Overall the update includes over a thousand patches to improve security, performance, and reliability.
Download: Windows XP Service Pack 3 RC1 (340MB)