Last week Microsoft pushed out Release Candidate 2 for Windows XP SP3. At the time the only way to download it was using Windows Update, and I’m not sure about you but I hate downloading Service Packs over Windows Update. It seems like the download goes a lot slower, and it’s a lot of wasted bandwidth if you have more than one computer that it needs to be installed on.

Have no fear because Microsoft is here… um, yeah. At any rate they’ve now released XP SP3 (RC2) as a standalone download in English, German, and Japanese. Here are the direct download links along with their corresponding download size:

Just remember that you’ll need to uninstall any previous versions of XP SP3 before proceeding with the newest Release Candidate. Similarly you’ll need to uninstall RC2 before you’ll be able to install the final version whenever Microsoft decides to release it. It’s a hassle, I know, but this is a good cure if you’re starting to get a nervous twitch from not running enough pre-release software. It happens to the best of us.

There Are 6 Comments

  1. Is it all just bug fixes?

  2. I am using the SP3 RC1 and to be honest did not experienced any problem whatsoever in stability, performance or any other department. Oh! and unfortunately I will not be able to use RC2 because I have RC1 integrated in Windows XP (nLite) :cry:

  3. Google wrote:
    Is it all just bug fixes?

    For the most part. It’s pretty much a conglomeration of patches that have been released until now.

    Jawwad wrote:
    Oh! and unfortunately I will not be able to use RC2 because I have RC1 integrated in Windows XP (nLite) :cry:

    Huh, I’m surprised you decided to do that since it wasn’t the final release.

  4. im a fan of yours xp…. vista sucks……..

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