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Windows XP Service Pack 3 3.1

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Critical Updates for PCs With Windows OS Are Not To Be Ignored

By Ivy Paloma

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Critical Updates for PCs With Windows OS Are Not To Be Ignored

I know from the title itself, you can tell that I committed a mistake with my Windows updates. Before I explain that part, let’s look at Windows Installer first. For computers using Windows Systems, it is used for maintenance, installation, configuration, and removal of various Windows software components. It is an efficient software component that can also prompt users which products are to be updated. It has the capability to promote features that needs improvements and customizations.

That being said, third parties are encouraged by Microsoft to use as basis for installation frameworks, their Windows Installer. This way, all installers within a system synchronizes correctly. When synchronized, the internal database of products installed is kept consistent. Features that are important rely on a dependable internal database for steady operation.

Windows XP Service Pack 3 3.1 is a Windows installer and here is where the confusion starts. Why? Because there are three Windows Installer 3.1 versions that were released: one that was installed with the original Windows Installer 3.1 (v1) redistributable, another that was included with Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, and a last one which is the latest version.

It is important to note that the Windows Installer 3.1 (v1) redistributable and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 are functioning identically. The difference is, the final Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 build was made a few days late. The latest version, on the other hand, was sent out as a critical update through Windows Update. Now you know why critical updates are not to be ignored.

Pros

  • Allows synchronized installers for steady operation
  • Reliable installation framework for efficient software components

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  • Support for Windows XP has been terminated
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Enhanced Network Management for Better WiFi Connection for its Users

By Isay Almenanza

On Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Although Microsoft has ended support for Windows XP, there are still things to appreciate about its Service Pack 3. It is the last package featuring updates for your computer’s system. XP’s Service Pack 3 comprises of all the previous patches and added general improvements. Aside from all of these, new functions are introduced such as a health system status and a more protected Wi-Fi access to properly supervise your computer’s processes.

The SP3 can be considered as a routine update only for average or home users. Perhaps the reason is because it has not much to give. Its general system performance has not been improved, and no new interesting functions have been provided. On the contrary, thanks to its Network Access Protection (NA,) network management has been enhanced. NAP is a technology used to control different accesses depending on the overall health of a computer system.

SP3 does not have any significant updates, but the utilities available along with it are useful for Wi-Fi usage which is the most important factor for me.

Pros

  • It provides better WiFi connection
  • It enhanced its network management

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  • No major system performance provided
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Not Just a Routine Update but an Important Network Upgrade

By Rose Sincro

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Yes, Microsoft has ended technical support for one of its operating systems, the Windows XP. However, I can’t deny the fact that many are still enjoying this particular OS. Although new operating systems are being released, many still opt to use the old one. In this case, it is still important to note the benefits that one could get from XP.

XP Service Pack 3 features the latest updates to this OS. Aside from the patches prior to its release, SP 3 includes many all-purpose improvements. New tools, functions, and capabilities have been added as well. XP is now given with a more stable health status. Its WiFi connection has been boosted, too.

System performance-wise, XP SP 3 has not improved much. This may be the reason why a considerable number of users have opted out. It seemed that it was yet another simple update for them. On the other hand, its enhanced Network Access Protection is very much appreciated.

Pros

  • Network Access Protection has been enhanced
  • System health status has been stabilized

Cons

  • System performance was not improved
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

For what are you going to use the program?
  • for need of window xp spa 3 for my order pc to improved it performance and speed up the windows system to stablemate it during its operation

  • just to repair my official version which is nolonger working perfectly due to a delete of the reseach function and probably accelerate my old pc

  • Personal use after my computer crashed and I had to re-install windows XP from original CD which included service pk 2 but not servce pack 3

  • I want to install this Operating System windows xp ultimate service pack 3 3.1 for my personal laptop and work with my assignments and projects

  • Hopully put the language back to english on my daughters acer aspire one d250 i hope this works as i dont have the system discs due to the laptop being found at a yardsale

What similar programs have you used?
  • window XP Service Pack 3 2002 that was built by the Microsoft for those who want to use this software, i want the latest version of windowsXP

What do you like most about this program?
  • i have programs that run under windows XP only, as an example Visual Fortran. Also I like very much the software and I am used to it. Many thanks indeed

  • I like this program n always use it eventhough there was the newest windows software, I feel that windows xp still comfortable for me to do my job.

  • better than nothing i guess. hope to enable some antivirus prog that require service pack 3 to be installed before they will install on my system.

  • Just what i needed to revive my old beater laptop. I couldnt fund these sp anywhere. You guys are awesome. Thanks for putting it all in one spot

  • my friend said its nice and i also think it is nice i have download a application for that purpose i need this windows xp service pack 33.1 .

Review

Windows XP Service Pack 3 is the last update package for your system developed by Microsoft. This new SP 3 includes all the previous patches and general improvements of the former Service Packs, besides new functions such as a more secure Wi-Fi access, and a health system status to manage your computer’s processes properly.

Microsoft tries to take care of its operating systems for as long as possible, increasing their lifetime for several years, solving normal performance problems and critical errors. For this reason they release, from time to time, major updates in this Service Pack format, in order to enhance Windows’ properties and solve security issues such as the Security Support Provider for your credential access. This new Windows XP Service Pack 3 does not include any critical updates for your system, but the utilities it provides can be useful for Wi-Fi connections, since it enhances its group policies for the usually used IEEE 802.1X authentication process.

For average users, this new Service Pack can be only considered as a routine Microsoft’s update without too much to give, since it does not really improve its general system performance, and does not provide any new interesting functions. But, on the other hand, it really enhances the management of networks thanks to NAP, for Network Access Protection, which is a technology developed by Microsoft to control the different accesses depending on the health of the system.

Welcome to your classic desktop
Welcome to your classic desktop

Security, administrative tools and not too much more

Despite being the final and free major update for XP, Windows XP SP3 doesn’t include too many additional functionalities. The main issue is the Microsoft Management Console 3.0, directly brought in from Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, to give a complete suite of administrative tools in order to manage networks, services and computers of every kind.

Stability is one of the main characteristics of this Windows version, so in order not to alter that, this pack has not touched general system elements. Security is, just as always, a major concern in all technological aspects. So to improve this part, some new options have been included regarding user’s credentials, account access and general Windows XP security fixes. In this way, with the download of this Service Pack 3 your system will be more secure.

Windows XP Service Pack 3 3.1 Features

Here you can find the main features of Windows XP Service Pack 3 before you download it:

  • All the previous updates are included by default
  • A new client to protect network accesses (Network Access Protection)
  • Updated support Group Policy that includes IEEE 802.1X authentication compatible with wired adapters
  • Detection of black holes; these are places where the traffic is lost or discarded without any further information
  • Enhanced security for users’ credentials
  • Health system checking to ensure that your computer possesses the latest security upgrades before accessing a network
  • MMC 3.0 (Microsoft Managements Console) to grant networking tools
  • Kernel Cryptographic Module to encapsulate cryptographic system’s algorithms

In case you want to learn more about this update, you are free to check its developers’ website in this

System Requirements

These are the minimum system requirements to install this Windows version in your computer before downloading it:

  • Processor: 233 MHz or faster
  • Memory: 64 MB RAM
  • HDD: 900 MB free space for this update
  • Video Card: Compatible with 800 x 600 resolutions