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Beta Release notes of Service pack 3

It has been a long wait, but it is getting closer to the final release of Service pack 3 for Windows XP. Below are the release notes for the beta.

* New Windows Product Activation model: no need to enter product key during setup.
* Network Access Protection modules and policies have been brought to XP after being one of the more-well-received features in Windows Vista.
* New Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module - the Windows XP SP3 kernel now includes an entire module that provides easy access to multiple cryptographic algorithms and is available for use in kernel-mode drivers and services.
* New "Black Hole Router" detection - Windows XP SP3 can detect and protect against rogue routers that are discarding data.

Windows XP SP3 is compatible with all versions of Windows x86, included Embedded, Fundamentals, Start, Professional, Media Center, and Home Editions.Windows XP SP3 now contains 1,073 patches/hotfixes, not including those in previous service packs. Of the 1,073 included updates, 114 are for security-related issues. The remainder are updates to performance & reliability, bugfixes, improvements to kernel-mode driver modules, and many BSOD fixes.

From the looks of things most of the update will be backported from Vista.

It will be very interesting to see how SP3 changes the XP experience.

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