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Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview
Windows® XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes all previously released updates for the operating system. This update also includes a small number of new functionalities, which do not significantly change customers experience with the operating system. This white paper summarises what is new in Windows XP SP3.

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According to software development firm Devil Mountain Software, Service Pack 3 for Windows XP is a "must have" update. Because when they ran Office productivity test suite on a preview version of SP3, they found performance boosts of 10%. So in case Windows users needed another performance-oriented reason not to upgrade to Vista, they just got one.

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Windows XP SP3 to Include Some Vista Features
A Web site that leaked details of Windows XP Service Pack 3 claims that the update includes several new features, including some borrowed from Windows Vista.

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Stardock has released WindowBlinds 6.  The program allows users to customise the look and feel of Windows by applying "skins" to change the user interface of the OS.
WindowBlinds 6 can make Windows XP look virtually identical to Windows Vista or an AmigaOS.  A XP system skinned to look like Vista will, of course, perform faster than Vista.  However, WindowBlinds 6 can also be used with Vista...

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Microsoft has had to create a new build of Windows XP Professional for computer makers because the six-year-old operating system's continued popularity has nearly exhausted the supply of product activation keys.
The new build, dubbed SP2c, includes no fixes or feature changes, but was created simply to address the shrinking pool of product keys. XP Pro SP2c, which has been released to manufacturing, will be made available to OEMs and system builders next month.

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Vista Transformation Pack 7.0  released.
This download will transform your XP to look visually and handle like Vista without the hassle and drawbacks of  a new OS.

Download: Site #1 | Site #2 | Site #3

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Just lately it seems to be the fashion amongst writers on the internet to compare and criticise operating systems. While one user talks up the merits of Ubuntu Linux versus Windows Vista on her blog, another is quick to criticise Ubuntus lack of user friendly features and available software. In this article I am here to sing the praises of the old dog Windows XP. Once the all singing all dancing multimedia darling, XP is now the older brother of the much younger and trendier Windows Vista. While Vista can be the life and soul of the party, it is still very much a problem child for many users who are frustrated with incompatibilities, poor driver support and degraded performance in multimedia applications and games. If, like me, your Vista experience wasn't all you hoped it would be, read on as we take another look at Windows XP and find that you really can teach an old dog some new tricks.
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Juniper Networks Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today announced the companies are working together to provide customers and partners with open standards-based interoperability between Juniper Networks Unified Access Control (UAC) and Microsoft® Network Access Protection (NAP). ...
Microsoft is announcing that Windows Vista supports this protocol today and Windows Server® 2008 and Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) will support it as well later this year. The Juniper Networks UAC solution is expected to support the new TNC standard in the first half of 2008.

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A preview of  DirectX 10 compatibility libraries.
These libraries allow the use of DirectX 10 games on platforms other than Microsoft Vista, and increase hardware compatibility even on Vista, by compiling Geometry Shaders down to native machine code for execution where hardware isn't capable of running it. No longer will you have to upgrade your OS and video card(s) to play the latest games.

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Stardock BootSkin is a free program that allows users to change their Windows 2000 and Windows XP boot screens.
Unlike other programs that can change the Windows XP boot screens, BootSkin does so in a safe manner. It doesn't patch the Windows XP kernel. Nor does it require the user to download replacement Windows XP kernels to do so.
Boot screens that use BootSkin are typically under 20K compared to other boot screen programs whose files are over 2 megabytes.

Version 1.05a Download size: (943.16K )

Note: Some drivers and bios makers "break the rules" which can cause BootSkin to not work correctly. If you experience that, you can remove BootSkin by deleting \windows\system32\drivers\vidstub.sys

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