As soon as they've patched Windows Update to not serve SP3 to their DRMS customers. MS like releasing things on Tuesdays, so I'd expect next Tuesday, but where MS and patches/updates are concerned, it's anyone's guess :dunno:
The installer only took 4 1/2 minutes to download here, but I'm not going to install the file from SoftPedia just so I don't break anything (which I'll have to spend time to fix). I'll wait until Automatic Updates comes up with it.
I just tried installing it (from Microsoft Update), and about 3/4 of the way through it failed saying "Access is Denied". It's rather annoying because I've just spent at least an hour waiting for it, just to find that it doesn't work on my computer.
My Windows update is set to "Notify me but don't automatically download or install them." It had prompted me to download Windows XP SP3 but after the Yellow Shield icon showed "Downloading updates: [Some percentage]," it just disappeared. I thought for a while that it was completed and that it would prompt me once I turn off my computer, but it didn't. I don't know what happened with the update. But whatever, I'm fine with SP2 just yet.
I went directly to Windows Update in IE and had the download and installation of SP3 completed. After a long reboot, SP3 is installed. No glitches of any sort, but doesn't feel any faster. I haven't put it on my machine personally since I hear that SP3 messes with the uxtheme.dll if it's patched
ive tried SP3 but it didnt work out, oh and in case it doesnt work out for you be advised that if you un-install sp3 some apps like, wordpad, sndvol32 (system volume panel) disappears along with it so be warned
I would be very wary of downloading an important upgrade from MS unless it's made available at their Update site. XP is good but it can't last forever, push Vista out of the way and let's let MS design something that is actually an improvement in security and functionality.