Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Windows XP SP3 Released To Small Group

Coming in at less than 350MB, the service pack includes fixes for over 900 reported problems, some of which have already been resolved with post-Service Pack 2 hotfixes.

For the hardcore build string collectors, this build is tagged 5.1.2600.3180 (xpsp.070718-2058) (Thanks again C).

Given the close proximity of the two betas we guestimate both 'packs will be released simultaneously. We'll let you know if we hear of a more solid release date.

Update from WinBeta: We've come across a few screenshots that were provided to us a few minutes ago (~11:00pm PDT, Aug. 6th) that claim to be from Vista SP1 and XP SP3. Note that the themes for some of the screenshots are modified and are not the actual themes from XP SP3 or Vista SP1 (specifically all the XP SP3 screenshots and the last Vista SP1 screenshot).

Some additional info for Vista SP1 is that it has yet to be delivered as a standalone update to testers and is being delivered only as the full ISO for the moment. Claimed ISO sizes are 3.07GB for the 32-Bit edition and 4.3GB for the 64-Bit edition. The rather large ISO sizes may be explained by debug code for this early phase of testing or it may be related to additional drivers (not sure on this one). Also claimed is that most of the files carry the 6001 build tag as seen in the screenshots and that very few files contain the older 6000 RTM build tag.