What's new in Windows XP SP3

Posted on Friday, Oct 19 2007 @ 02:20 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft is getting ready to release the third service pack for Windows XP. This update will feature a bunch of security updates and will also add the ability to install XP without a serial number.

Here's a look at some of the new features:
  • Descriptive Security Options UI – this makes the Security Centre a bit more intelligible and intuitive to try to prevent security problems caused by accidental misconfiguration
  • Enhanced security for Administrator and Service policy entries – this is an enhancement to System Center Essentials, specifically for SP3
  • Black Hole Router Detection – this detects routers which are silently discarding network packets, and is enabled by default in SP3
  • Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module – this module (FIPS.SYS) is a FIPS 140-1 cryptographic module which runs as a kernel mode export driver
  • Network Access Protection – the NAP Client is network-based policy enforcement platform currently running on Windows Vista and Windows 2008 (beta), and will now be available in XP SP3
  • Windows Product Activation – this gives you the functionality to install Windows XP without having to enter the product key, as with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003 SP2.
  • Learn more at APC Mag.

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    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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