05 October 2007

Windows XP SP3 Beta Build 3205 October 2007 available on connect for invited Beta Tester

SP3BTAThis morning I received an email from the Connect team advising that the Windows XP SP3 Beta program has been expanded to include those already in the Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 Beta trials.

The actual file name for the beta hasn't changed since the pre beta.

It seems like Windows XP SP3 is moving through the final stages of testing before release. That's good news.

Windows XP Service Pack 3 Beta - Build: 2600.xpsp.070831-1912 (Service Pack 3, v.3205)
Exact Build Number:----------------------------------------------^
Year, month, day, hour, minute of build:---------------^


windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu.exe (file format: SFXCAB.EXE)
MD5:
C8C24EC004332198C47B9AC2B3D400F7
File info:
6.2.0029.0 (SRV03_QFE.031113-0918)

It's been released in 3 Languages (enu, jpn, deu) English, Japanese, German.

http://connect.microsoft.com/windows/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=8704
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Beta @connect (Invitation ID Required)

KB 936929 available:
 windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu.exe 334.92 MB
 windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-jpn.exe 366.76 MB
 windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-deu.exe 335.52 MB

Whats new in SP3 (01. September 2007) Beta release:

・Descriptive Security Options UI Security
The Security Options control panel in Windows XP Service Pack 3 now has more descriptive text to explain the settings and prevent incorrect configuration of settings.

・Enhanced security for Administrator and Service policy entries Security
In System Center Essentials for Windows XP Service Pack 3, Administrators and Service entries will be present by default on any new instance of policy. Additionally, the UI for the "Impersonate Client After Authentication" user right will not be able to remove these settings.

・"Black Hole Router" Detection Networking
Windows XP Service Pack 3 includes improvements to black hole router detection (i.e., detecting routers that are silently discarding packets), and turns it on by default.

・Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module
Security
Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module (FIPS.SYS) is a FIPS 140-1 Level 1 compliant, general-purpose, software-based, cryptographic module residing at the Kernel Mode level of the Windows Operating System. It runs as a kernel mode export driver (a kernel-mode DLL) and encapsulates several different cryptographic algorithms in an easy-to-use cryptographic module accessible by other kernel mode drivers. It can be linked into other kernel mode services to permit the use of FIPS 140-1 Level 1 compliant cryptography.

・Network Access Protection Networking
NAP is a policy enforcement platform built into Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 (now in beta testing), and Windows XP Service Pack 3 (which includes the NAP Client for Windows XP, now in beta testing) that allows you to better protect network assets by enforcing compliance with system health requirements. With NAP, you can create customized health policies to validate computer health before allowing access or communication, automatically update compliant computers to ensure ongoing compliance, and optionally confine noncompliant computers to a restricted network until they become compliant.

・Windows Product Activation Setup
As in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, and Windows Vista, the user may now complete setup without having to provide their product key. They will be prompted for the product key as part of Genuine Advantage during subsequent use.


Of the 1,073 (detail list see ini, inf n' cab's) 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.

Windows XP Service Pack 3

Beta Release Notes, October 2007

Microsoft® Windows XP®

Information in this document, including URLs and other Internet Web site references, is subject to change without notice and is provided for informational purposes only. The entire risk of the use or results of the use of this document remain with the user, and Microsoft Corporation makes no warranties, either express or implied. Unless otherwise noted, the example companies, organizations, products, people, and events depicted herein are fictitious. No association with any real company, organization, product, person, or event is intended or should be inferred. Complying with all applicable copyright laws is the responsibility of the user...

© 2007 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Info Release Document: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Beta Preview Release Notes.docx

News source: Connect
Yesterday Windows XP SP3 Beta Version (KB936929) has been released on Connect.
(Build Info Version: 5.1.2600.3205 070901 filedate updated KB936929)

Local BT download, in need of it quickly, slow speed but also relatively stable or -WinBeta: alt.binaries.cd.image

Download: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Beta (Build Version: 5.1.2600.3205, 2007.09.01, KB936929) BT seeds
Note, and delivered them to the species itself, the beginning may not speed fast.

The old August v3180 Version is available at: http://dl.thehotfixshare.net/windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu.exe
required to send referrer: http://thehotfixshare.net/
in ff using refcontrol to bypass server hotlink protection (http://www.stardrifter.org/refcontrol/)

Remarks:
IE7 version is reported as Version 6

On a machine with the Windows XP Service Pack 3 Beta installed, when viewing the About dialog via the IE7 Help menu, the IE version is reported as Version 6, even though it is IE7. This is a known compatibility issue with IE7 and Windows XP Service Pack 3. There is no workaround in the Beta.

Fix: Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.13 for Windows XP SP2
can be installed later or slipstreamed in a unattended CD.
Download IE 7.0.5730.13:
| English | Finnish | French | German | Japanese | Spanish


UXTHEME.DLL enable all Themes without valid signatures use uxtheme.dll or nLite (slipstream and patch tcpip.sy_; uxtheme.dl_; syssetup.dl_; syssbck.dl_; sfc_os.dl_
for after install e.g. P2P unlimited connection patch TCP.sys use XP-Antispy
Driver Updates
Microsoft.Windows.XP.SP3.Build.3205.Beta.1.READ.NFO-WinBeta
Screenshots

In hope slipstreamer/unattended cd creators get it once and do not trash out the old bundled 1000x plus bugfixes with sp2 nLite finalized unattended CD's if there is now the 2nd sp3 out. usb 3 work with it as well usb speed sense bandwidth info.
If you slipstream sp3 you need to replace pidgen.dll with one from sp2 before burning your disk so you can use your sp2 cd key on a clean (not nlite or others recompiled, repacks) unmodded retail XP Pro. This have been tested and works as update or standalone. Later the last Version from IE7 and Mediaplayer can be integrated.
The sp3 files unpacked have some special CPU and other support files. Folder IC,... IKP,... istart belongs under i386. Content in folder name "root" into the CD root dir.

Do not apply Anti wpa or Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) patches (with or without backdoors and other virii inside), they are not required!

P.S.: Service Pack 3 Beta 6.2.0029.0 (SRV03_QFE.031113-0918) have the same MD5 checksum and is the same. Its mean the packed windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu.exe file nfo (SFXCAB Executable) = self extracting cabinet file.

- July Build v.3180 (found in public in the 2nd August week)

- August Build v.3205 (have been released for public official testers on 4th October)
Last File changes and finalized: 5.1.2600.3205 (xpsp.070831-1912):
Branch:

[Version]
Signature="$Windows NT$"
FileVersion=5.1.1.8

[FileBranchInfo]
RTMQFE="%RTMQFE_NAME%",SP1RTM
SP1RTM="%SP1RTM_NAME%",SP1QFE
SP1QFE="%SP1QFE_NAME%",SP2BTA
SP2BTA="%SP2BTA_NAME%",SP2RC1
SP2RC1="%SP2RC1_NAME%",SP2RC2
SP2RC2="%SP2RC2_NAME%",SP2IDX
SP2IDX="%SP2IDX_NAME%",SP2RTM
SP2RTM="%SP2RTM_NAME%",SP2GDR
SP2GDR="%SP2GDR_NAME%",SP2QFE
SP2QFE="%SP2QFE_NAME%",SP3BTA
SP3BTA="%SP3BTA_NAME%",SP3BTA

[Strings]
BUILDTIMESTAMP = "20070901.012633"
RTMQFE_NAME = "RTMQFE"
SP1RTM_NAME = "SP1RTM"
SP1QFE_NAME = "SP1QFE"
SP2BTA_NAME = "SP2BETA"
SP2RC1_NAME = "SP2RC1"
SP2RC2_NAME = "SP2RC2"
SP2IDX_NAME = "SP2IDX"
SP2RTM_NAME = "SP2RTM"
SP2GDR_NAME = "SP2GDR"
SP2QFE_NAME = "SP2QFE"
SP3BTA_NAME = "SP3BETA"

P.S.
Better to inspect some numbers in pid.inf in dirs: \ic\; \ikc\; \iknc\; \iknp\; \ikp\; \ip\; \istart\; ...


Google Search
DDL Search
windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu.exe
windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-deu.exe
Fileshare parts

ED2K: ed2k://|file|Windowsxp-Kb936929-Sp3-x86-Enu.exe|348955008|393EAF2B2D478FB2931773DC6EB90178|/

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