Windows XP SP3 Delayed Citing RMS Issues

Microsoft Corp. has delayed Service Pack 3 for Windows XP citing compatibility issues between the software and its point-of-sale application for small and medium sized businesses.

Microsoft last week said it had finished work on Windows XP SP3 and it would be available for download on Tuesday.

However, the company found incompatibilities in an application called Microsoft Dynamics RMS, which is management software designed for small and medium businesses, so it is holding off on releasing the update.

The problem also extends to an update to Microsoft’s newer operating system, Vista.

“To help protect our customers, we plan to put filtering in place shortly to prevent Windows Update from offering both service packs to systems running Microsoft Dynamics RMS. Once filtering is in place, we expect to release Windows XP SP3 to Windows Update and Download Center,” the company said.

The company is putting filters in place to prevent users running Dynamics RMS from downloading the updates. Once the filters are turned on, Microsoft said it will release the packs for customers that aren’t running the management software, although it did not specify when that might be.

The XP update will add networking and security improvements, and provide better compatibility with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 security credential providers.