Get the REAL XP SP3 download before the rush! ~ Ask The Admin

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Get the REAL XP SP3 download before the rush!

How long was it after Windows XP SP 2 came out before you were ACTUALLY able to download it?

I remember the mad dash to download XP SP2 and how the Windows Update Servers were crawling. With this tip you can skip the 56kbps downloads and have it in a jiffy.

This super secret download link (Waiver: Not so super, nor secret but VERY nifty and a download link!) will get you ahead of the game. Totally legit files hashes and all direct from the ms servers.

Let's see if those damn rumors of XP running 10-20% quicker after the Service Packing is done. Keep your fingers crossed for some good improvements rather than some system crashing blue screening!

Warning: This update will turn on the Windows Firewall - even if it has been previously disabled due to GP! I need to look into this further!

Double Warning:
This SP has a compatibility issue with Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS) if you use this hold off on the update

Windows XP SP3 English

Download From Microsoft Here

Size: 316.5 MB (331 805 736 bytes)
MD5: bb25707c919dd835a9d9706b5725af58
SHA-1: c81472f7eeea2eca421e116cd4c03e2300ebfde4
Size: 331,805,736

We found this tidbit from one of our great Admins/Writers Yaron Major out in Israel. He linked us to this story from a website called Tip and You can grab other languages of Windows XP SP3 from there as well including:

Windows XP SP3 Simplified Chinese

Download Here

Size: 335M
MD5: a9d6f4586ec6929918b2c3fe29d0ce87

Windows XP SP3 Russian

Download Here

Size: 303.8 MB (318 533 672 bytes)
MD5: e38b5c19a3d12ae8de0a12b1e098dd73
SHA1: 850cda9f57033a17d046a56d422547ea80dcaf61

The download came in SUPER fast at around 2200kbps. I had the 316mb file in under 3 minutes.

I am installing it on one desktop, one laptop and one Virtual Machine. I will keep you guys updated! And if you want those fast downloads I suggest downloading it quickly before these servers are all jizammed up! [Yaron Maor Via TipAndTrick]

Let's here in the comments all you early adopters takes on it! I know some of you have this installed already!!