W2KnewsFLASH: Service Pack 3 for W2K!
But careful, it has not yet been officially announced, and
the first problem reports are also already in. Some one just
sent me an email with: "Downloaded and installed the final
release of W2K SP3. After a clean install and a reboot I got
the blue screen of death. Only after uninstalling a rare
application from my desktop it worked OK."
W2K SP3 is at the moment we are writing this (Wednesday
afternoon, July 31, 2002) not yet on the normal MS download
site and not "acknowledged as existing for the wide world"
so far. However, it was released yesterday to the MS Premier
Support Customers and these are now testing with it. We have
installed on a few W2K systems and it seems to be functioning
correctly, but careful: TEST, TEST, TEST!. And always backup
that system and make an Emergency Repair Disk. Also, always
have enough disk space to allow a rollback in case of problems.
Here is an early article about W2K SP3 on C|net.
MS said: "SP3 is a well-tested collection of updates that focuses
on a variety of customer-reported concerns with the Windows 2000
family of operating systems. In many ways, SP3 is a traditional
service pack in that it includes enhancements to improve upon
Windows 2000's reliability, compatibility and security. In addition,
Microsoft is fulfilling its commitment to implement the changes
required by the consent decree signed with the [US Department of
Justice] and nine settling states." (from the WinInformant Site)
There is more reason to be careful. The Installation of W2K
Preliminary Hotfixes Causes a Conflict with SP3. The symptoms
are that if you install a preliminary version of any of the W2K
hotfixes that are listed in the "More Information" section of
the MS website (link below) on a computer on which SP3 is
installed, or if you install SP3 on a computer on which these
preliminary hotfixes are installed, you may experience either of
the following symptoms: you lose some of the functionality of SP3
for Windows 2000 or you lose the functionality of the prelim
hotfix. Check out this page:
If you want to know how to find MS downloads, here is a search page:
As usual, there is more than one version of this SP3, one is
124mb, but the Microsoft Developers Network version was 210MB.
From what I hear.
Here is where the executable sat, but by the time you read this
it may be gone already:
Here is where it should appear when it gets officially released.
And when you apply SP3 on a debug version of W2K that has been
upgraded to W2K SP2, you may receive an error message. Here is
Release Notes for Windows 2000 Service Pack 3
List of Bugs Fixed in Windows 2000 Service Pack 3
So now it is wait-and-see until this thing turns out to be solid
or until we see an "SP3a".
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