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This installation package is intended for IT professionals and developers downloading and installing on multiple computers on a network. If you’re updating just one computer, please visit Windows Update.

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The final version of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) has been currently released to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. The RTM build number is 5512.

Setup was similar to SP2, and took about 10-15 minutes.
I cannot really tell if computer’s performance has been increased, everything seems to be running smoothly as usual.

Here is a 60 second slideshow of the installation process:

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For some reason, the Tab key that auto-completes paths and filenames on the command prompt (cmd), of my Windows XP machine, stopped working.
Pretty strange but anyway, here is how I managed to fix it:

1. Go to Start -> Run, type “regedit”
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor
3. On the right, double-click on the “CompletionChar”, type “9” and press OK.
4. On the right, double-click on the “PathCompletionChar”, type “9” and press OK.

You might need to restart your system after that.

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Given the new features in the driver model and hardware ( with GPU task switching, GPU memory management and more ) all of which require kernel support – hoisting a driver layer like that on XP is rewriting it to be Vista. FWIW, the MS hw developer page has the graphics logo requirements and it explicitly mentions these GPU features as being required. They are essentially hidden features that API programmers and end-users never see…

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If you would like to have the Vista user interface on your Windows XP (or 2003) machine, then this pack is for you.
The Vista Transformation pack includes a boot-screen, logon screen, Aero theme, icons, sounds, Windows Media Player skins and more.

Check it out:

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