SP3 to be released next week

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Now that Vista SP1 is out of the way (but creating more havoc), all eyes have now moved on to the new service pack for Windows XP, SP3. This will be, according to Neowin, the last package of updates for the popular operating system.

One source inside Microsoft is saying that it will roll out the service pack next Monday.

However, the BitTorrent search engine Mininova has listed a 568.73 MB file that is supposed to be a “Windows XP Professional SP3 5503” file. It has 112 seeds and 417 leeches, at time of writing, and has been downloaded by 2083 users since it’s listing on Tuesday.

In the description notes, Microsoft will release it on March 24; but according to Neowin, the 5503 passed all WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) checks and was able to download updates that previous SP3 builds could not.

A Microsoft spokesperson has decline to comment