Download it now to ensure that your Windows XP is fully updated.
Enables the detection, download, and installation of updates for Windows and other programs.
It can be replaced with Microsoft Update, an expanded version of the service which provides for other Microsoft software as well, such as Microsoft Office, Windows Live Essentials and Microsoft Expression Studio.
Windows Update clients normally download updates over an Internet connection, although Microsoft makes provision for installing updates on computers without an Internet connection and a range of alternative methods and programs also exist to install updates. Security updates or critical updates protect against vulnerabilities to malware and security exploits.
Windows® XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes all previously released updates for the operating system.
However, this particular update only includes a small number of new functionalities, which do not significantly enhance the operating system.
Available are service pack releases for various languages. The languages that are available are English, German, Russian, French, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. If you have been wary before downloading the service pack there is nothing more to fear by using this official download.
A lot of users have already downloaded the service pack from various locations like download portals and the Bittorrent P2P network.
Many users however were very cautious and decided to wait until the service pack would be available through official Microsoft channels.
This hotfix needs to be applied before SP3, otherwise your system may get stuck in a loop and never start. The file will download directly from Microsoft's servers - you may want to shorten the file name.
PC Mechanic - Fix your PC's Windows registry errors.
Tomorrow users can download the service pack directly from Windows Update.