Windows XP SP3 Beta Available

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Windows XP Service Pack 3 Beta

さて内容と配布形態。

リリースされた 350 MB 前後のスタンダロンパッケージはビッグ 3 ( en ja de )の 3 言語。
KB は936929 となります。
 windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu.exe 334.92 MB
 windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-jpn.exe 366.76 MB
 windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-deu.exe 335.52 MB

・Descriptive Security Options UI Security
The Security Options control panel in Windows XP Service Pack 3 now has more descriptive text to explain the settings and prevent incorrect configuration of settings.

・Enhanced security for Administrator and Service policy entries Security
In System Center Essentials for Windows XP Service Pack 3, Administrators and Service entries will be present by default on any new instance of policy. Additionally, the UI for the "Impersonate Client After Authentication" user right will not be able to remove these settings.

・"Black Hole Router" Detection Networking
Windows XP Service Pack 3 includes improvements to black hole router detection (i.e., detecting routers that are silently discarding packets), and turns it on by default.

・Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module
Security
Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module (FIPS.SYS) is a FIPS 140-1 Level 1 compliant, general-purpose, software-based, cryptographic module residing at the Kernel Mode level of the Windows Operating System. It runs as a kernel mode export driver (a kernel-mode DLL) and encapsulates several different cryptographic algorithms in an easy-to-use cryptographic module accessible by other kernel mode drivers. It can be linked into other kernel mode services to permit the use of FIPS 140-1 Level 1 compliant cryptography.

・Network Access Protection Networking
NAP is a policy enforcement platform built into Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 (now in beta testing), and Windows XP Service Pack 3 (which includes the NAP Client for Windows XP, now in beta testing) that allows you to better protect network assets by enforcing compliance with system health requirements. With NAP, you can create customized health policies to validate computer health before allowing access or communication, automatically update compliant computers to ensure ongoing compliance, and optionally confine noncompliant computers to a restricted network until they become compliant.

・Windows Product Activation Setup
As in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, and Windows Vista, the user may now complete setup without having to provide their product key. They will be prompted for the product key as part of Genuine Advantage during subsequent use.