We've known about this day for a couple of weeks now and given today is 29 April, Windows XP Service Pack 3 is finally here.
Let's rehash the usual fluff for those of you lazy enough to have surfed on in over via Google and not visited us before: security updates, bug fixes, cumulative patch of many other existing patches, purported 10 per cent performance boost compared to SP2. You know the drill...
Of course overshadowing much of this is news that Microsoft plans to stick to its 30 June XP sales cut off date despite extending it for ULCPCs and Dell insisting it will continue to sell XP beyond June anyway (Lenovo is now offering this too).
So the immediate question is: do you download it straight away and risk the horrors that greeted Vista SP1 or play it safe cos SP2 runs smooth as butter anyhow? My advice: hardcore, go for it; newbies, best you wait behind as your meagre word processing and web surfing antics aren't likely to be stressing your PC in any case. As for the truly terrified, SP3 won't be hitting Windows Automatic Download until 10 June so you have plenty of time to acclimatise.
Grab it from the direct download link below...
Update: Microsoft is hiding links to SP3 at the moment due to "compatibility issues between it and Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System". Funnily enough, our direct download link still works if you can't be bothered for MS to sort this out. Wow, Microsoft did manage to somehow miss a deadline for something it had already even partially released! Impressive.