Windows XP Service Pack 3 Offers Performance Upgrade

Microsoft released the third service pack for Windows XP which addresses several bugs and offers improved performance. Researchers who tested the service pack say the Windows operating system with its revived service pack is 10% faster.

The new study has been performed by EXO Performance Network, the same team responsible for the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 tests. Unlike the previous Vista results (which were in the line of nothing new in terms of speed), this time the numbers turned up fine for the XP update.

The test machine was a Dell XPS M1710 with 2GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 1GB of RAM and nVidia GeForce Go 7900GS video, the same computer used for the Vista tests. Speaking of similarities, the OfficeBench Microsoft Office-based test script was also used once again.

“Since SP3 was supposed to be mostly a bug-fix/patch consolidation release – unlike w/Vista SP1, Microsoft made no promises of improved performance for XP – the unexpected speed boost comes as a nice bonus. In fact, XP SP3 is shaping-up to be a “must have” update for the majority of users who are still running Redmond’s not-so-latest and greatest desktop OS.”

15,000 testers have been given Windows XP SP3 Release Candiate. It will feature over 1,000 hot fixes and patches which have been put out over the past three years and at least four new features.

Windows XP users have been waiting for this one for quite some time and with the news that it gives a performance boost, the anticipation is higher than ever.