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Windows XP Service Pack 3 3.1

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Meet the last member of the Windows XP family now

By Jane Middleburg

On Monday, April 14, 2014

The ultimate service pack for Windows XP includes several novelties that make it one of the main Operating Systems even a decade after its releasing date. Ever since the first day of the installation of this last Service Pack, the truth is that it doesn’t change too much having in mind the previous SP2. The security has been improved, and the performance is kept almost the same as before but enhancing it a little for using new available hardware since its first release. This version of the Windows OS is one of the dearest by its users due to the simplicity, the easy interface and its performance with low-end and high-end computers.

This version has been improved in the management tools such as the MMC 3.0, additional tools for connectivity issues and complete system health check. In general terms, this version of the classic Windows XP offers much more and can be considered as the one that any user must use in order to make the most of their systems. Although this version lacks official support at this moment, it will always be the recommended option for installing it on old systems in order to make them usable to this day.

Pros

  • The ultimate tools for Windows XP
  • Security and management heavily improved

Cons

  • It lacks of official support
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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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This service pack provides a wide range of improvements and security

By Christine Diaz

On Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I quickly installed XP SP3 when I learned that it is already available. The important thing to remember is that you need to make sure that you installed the previous service pack before downloading Windows XP Service Pack 3. What I liked about this pack is the NAP or Network Access Protection. It secures network accesses thereby adding protection. There is also the Black Hole Router Detection Windows which I find very useful. Windows XP Service Pack can also fix a wide range of bugs. This version provided all the functions available in the earlier packs and included new features. These functions consist of handling the PC’s processes and securing the WiFi connection. The updates released by Microsoft ensure that issues involving its operating systems are handled correctly and immediately. Some users may overlook the different functions of this service pack. Consequently, it may not provide significant improvements on the PC’s system but it offers stability and security. Overall, if you have the earlier versions, better be updated and install this one as well.

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  • Can fix a wide selection of bugs
  • Offers a range of security fixes

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  • The pack offers limited functionalities
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

For what are you going to use the program?
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • my self official machine testing outlook not working without updates so trying to install this and let me confirm the issue to rectify repair

  • Business, correspondence,home everything Art music poetry,film drama movies education leaning essay writing freelancer knowledge religion art

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?
  • 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 .

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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 link.

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