Windows XP Service Pack 3 via Windows Update Delayed

I case you missed the news today, we delayed the release of Windows XP Service Pack 3  due to a compatibility issue we found with Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management as Chris Keroack noted on the TechNet Forums

“In the last few days, we have uncovered a compatibility issue between Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS) and both Windows XP SP3 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). In order to make sure customers have the best possible experience, we have decided to delay releasing Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) to the web.

“To help protect customers, we plan to put filtering in place shortly to prevent Windows Update from offering both service packs to systems running Microsoft Dynamics RMS.  Once filtering is in place, we expect to release Windows XP SP3 to the web. 

“We are also testing a fix, and will make it available once that process is complete.  Once they have installed the fix, Microsoft Dynamics RMS customers should be able to run both service packs.

“Until then, we advise Microsoft Dynamics RMS customers to not install either service pack.  Microsoft Dynamics RMS customers running Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP1 should contact Microsoft Customer Support Services for additional information.”

MSDN and TechNet subscribers have access to SP3 to allow for sysadmins and IT Professionals to evaluate the release before deployment.

3 replies on “Windows XP Service Pack 3 via Windows Update Delayed”

Well, it’s not like the org has been standing still since August of 2004.  😉

We’ve released a number of updates over the last few years and the latest SP: depending upon which updates you have installed via Windows Update or Automatic Update, SP3 offers more than 1,000 patches and updates for XP.  The approach of a single SP makes it easier to deploy the updates em masse, particularly to enterprise computer systems.  For consumers who use Automatic Updates, you won’t see such a large package installed.

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