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Windows XP Service Pack 3 begins distribution August 5 to University computers

On Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at 12:01 a.m., the Microsoft Windows Software Support Server (WSUS) will begin to distribute software to install the Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) on all University Windows XP computers. This excludes all undergraduate student machines that will be updated later in the fall, as well as all DeSC computers which were upgraded to XP SP3 on Monday, July 14.

This distribution is necessary to increase Microsoft Windows XP operating system security. The download and installation of this service pack is reported to be relatively transparent to end users. If you are prompted by Windows Update to install Service Pack 3, please accept the prompt so that the install can complete. For more information regarding Windows XP SP3, please see: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsxp/sp3/default.mspx.

Please remember to log off, but not power off your computer at the end of each day. This best practice will ensure that your workstation receives beneficial security updates and software distributions.