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  Beta 1 release of Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP x64 Professional
Time: 10:11 EST/15:11 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin.com | Posted By: Robert Stein

Windows Serviceability is pleased to announce the release of the Beta 1 release of Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP x64 Professional customers. Congratulations on joining our beta program, we look forward to partnering with you to make Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP x64 Professional even better. Service Pack 2 is a conventional service pack consisting of all security updates, all individual hotfixes released to customers and fixes to reduce top customer support issues as well as increase reliability, robustness, and security. Service Pack 2 is the first Service Pack for Windows XP x64 Professional SKU. Service Pack 2 also updates customers running Windows Server 2003 RTM, SP1 and/or R2 releases. You can find more information on Windows Server Service Pack 2 on the Connect site. As more information comes available we'll be sure to update you.

Service Pack 2 builds are available in the download section. There are many large downloads so please choose carefully to get the correct file the first time. For this beta release, integrated (where SP2 is integrated with the OS) and standalone update SP2 packages are available for download in three architectures - 32-bit (x86), x64 (AMD), and ia64 (Itanium), and three languages - English, German, and Japanese. English and German are available now, and Japanese will be available within one week. Note: for this release, some x64 image files are too big to fit on a CD and you will need to burn them to a DVD instead. Also, checked build standalone update packages will be provided at beta refresh. Please join us in the newsgroups for questions and comments. Your input is welcome and we're committed to using it to improve the product and the beta process based on your feedback.

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#1 By PatriotB6007 (326 Posts) at 6/28/2006 2:10:46 PM
It's kind of strange how Win2003 is getting another service pack already, while XP SP3 is still some time off in the future. Unless they're trying to synchronize up the numbers for some reason...

#2 By CPUGuy (1772 Posts) at 6/28/2006 6:00:38 PM
2003 hasn't had an SP in a couple of years....

#3 By PatriotB6007 (326 Posts) at 6/28/2006 11:52:53 PM
2003 SP1 was released on 3/30/2005. About 15 months ago. I'm not saying that 2003 SP2 is coming too soon, it's just that they should've had XP SP3 done by this time. (XP SP2 was released 8/10/2004, 22 months ago.)

#4 By CPUGuy (1772 Posts) at 6/29/2006 12:39:48 AM
I think SP3 is supposed to include WPF and WCF in it, which would be why it's not in beta yet... those technologies are not done yet.

#5 By PatriotB6007 (326 Posts) at 6/29/2006 4:39:01 PM
#4 - I sure hope not. That would be terrible. XPSP2 was a huge exception to the "no new features" rule for service packs, and based on 2003 SP2 it looks like MS is back to following that rule.

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