Windows Server 2008

Windows XP SP3 RC2 released

You can download Windows XP SP3 RC2 from here:

Below is the changes in XP SP3 from the Microsoft Website:

You can also view the XP SP3 tech center at

New functionality included in this service pack

Technical Area Functionality or Feature Details
Networking Black hole router detection Improves black hole router detection (detecting routers that are silently discarding packets). This detection is turned on by default.
Networking Network Access Protection Allows you to better protect network assets by enforcing compliance with system health requirements. For more information about Network Access Protection, see
Security Credentials security service provider Allows forward compatibility with Windows Vista® and Windows Server® 2008, And enables applications to delegate user credentials from the client to the target server. This security service provider is available through the security service provider interface, and it is used by Remote Desktop Protocol 6.0.
Security Descriptive security options control panel Offers more descriptive text to explain the settings and prevent incorrect configuration of settings.
Security Enhanced security for Administrator and Service policy entries Presents Administrators and Service entries (in System Center Essentials) by default on new policy instances. Additionally, a user will not be able to remove the setting in the UI for the “Impersonate Client After Authentication” user right.
Security Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module Implements and supports the SHA2 hashing algorithms (SHA256, SHA384, and SHA512) in X.509 certificate validation.

The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-1 standard has been replaced by FIPS 140-2, and these modules have been validated and certified according to this standard.

Setup Windows Product Activation Allows users to complete their software setup without having to provide a product key.

Previously available functionality

The following items included in this release candidate were previously available as separate downloads.

Technical Area Functionality or Feature Details
Imaging Microsoft® Windows Imaging Component (WIC) Provides an extensible framework for working with images and image metadata. For more information about the WIC, see
Management Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3.0 Provides a framework that unifies and simplifies day-to-day system management tasks in Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP. For more information about the MMC 3.0 update, see
MDAC Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0 Provides improved reliability and security, conforms with the XML 1.0 and XML Schema 1.0 W3C recommendations, and is compatible with System.Xml 2.0.
Windows Installer Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1 v2 (3.1.4000.2435) Provides a minor update to Windows Installer 3.0 (which was released in September 2004). For more information about Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1 v2, see
Networking Background Intelligent Transfer Service  (BITS) 2.5 Helps improve security. This is a required component for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and for Windows Live OneCare. For more information about the BITS update package, see
Networking Digital Identity Management Service Makes it possible for users who log on to any computer running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 or higher and that is a domain member to silently have all of their certificates and private keys available for applications and services.
Networking IPsec Simple Policy Update for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Helps simplify the creation and maintenance of IPsec filters, reducing the number of filters that are required for a server and domain isolation deployment. For more information about IPsec security filters, see
Networking Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) 2.1 Enables Windows XP Service Pack 3-based applications that use PNRP to communicate with Windows Vista programs that use PNRP. For more information about upgrading PNRP, see
Networking Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 Provides the same support for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) as is provided in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003 with SP2. For more information about the WPA2 update, see

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