Last week we posted some mirrors for the Windows XP SP3 download, and today was supposed to be the golden day that Microsoft delivered it to the public. That won’t be happening. Microsoft found a last minute show-stopper that they decided needs to be addressed before offering it to the public.
If you already installed it on your machine it’s not that big of a deal. The issue they found pertains to the Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS). Are you affected by it? If you’re just using the PC at home it’s very unlikely that you’ll notice any problems since you probably don’t use that software. The Retail Management System is a point-of-sale system that Microsoft puts out for small and mid-market retailers. It costs about $1,000 and therefore isn’t likely to be on your PC without you knowing about it. ;)
There’s no word as to when Microsoft will actually release XP SP3 on their website. They have said that they want to get filtering in place first to ensure that systems running Microsoft RMS do not download the Service Pack:
In the last few days, we have uncovered a compatibility issue between Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS) and both Windows XP SP3 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). In order to make sure customers have the best possible experience, we have decided to delay releasing Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) to the web.
To help protect customers, we plan to put filtering in place shortly to prevent Windows Update from offering both service packs to systems running Microsoft Dynamics RMS. Once filtering is in place, we expect to release Windows XP SP3 to the web.
We are also testing a fix, and will make it available once that process is complete. Once they have installed the fix, Microsoft Dynamics RMS customers should be able to run both service packs.
Until then, we advise Microsoft Dynamics RMS customers to not install either service pack. Microsoft Dynamics RMS customers running Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP1 should contact Microsoft Customer Support Services for additional information.
Still want to download XP SP3? There are all kind of solutions available including a direct link to the file from Microsoft. Here are some of the different places that you can get it:
- From Microsoft – very fast, I’m getting 1.1MB/s on my download
- From MajorGeeks
- From Softpedia
- From BetaNews