It's always important to maintain your operating system updated, because it improves your computer's performance, and protects your system thanks to the security patches included.

This problem may result in total system corruption.

That is why Windows update errors should be resolved .

However, this particular update only includes a small number of new functionalities, which do not significantly enhance the operating system.

Amongst these updates are features such as an updated Microsoft Management Console 3.0 (which already appears in Windows Server 2008 and Vista) and an update to Wifi protected access to make wireless surfing more secure.

The file is a large download and can be applied to any version of Windows XP Home, Professional, Tablet PC or Media Center (32 bit only).

However, you must have installed either Windows SP1 or SP2 before SP3.* Keep in mind that new patches made available after Service Pack 3 was released (mid April 2008) will still need to be applied.

Plus more, there are various language of Windows XP Services pack 3 link available for download.

For me, this has been a good news for XP user whereby they can directly download Windows XP SP3 setup installer from Microsoft Windows Update servers.

There has also been added a “health checking” component that’s already used by Windows Server 2008 which can check to make sure that certain upgrades and security features are in place for XP-based clients before they are allowed to log onto a network.

Note that this Service Pack is valid for updates across the XP range including Windows XP, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Home Edition N, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional Edition, Windows XP Professional N, Windows XP Service Pack 1, Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Starter Edition and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.

Important notes: Microsoft advise uninstalling any beta or Release Candidate versions before installing this final release.