Microsoft Windows XP Professional
is the next-generation operating system for businesses of all sizes, and for individuals who demand the most from their computing experience. Windows XP delivers all the features you need for the digital age - including tools for creating and managing digital photos, music, and video, or for building a small network - all in one box. Windows XP is built on Windows 2000 to give it a solid, reliable foundation. It then builds on this foundation with new multimedia capabilities, Internet Explorer 6, new Internet security features, and much more. Plus, an improved, task-based visual design puts the features you use most often in the foreground.
Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes all previously released updates for the operating system
including Windows Firewall, Pop-up Blocker for Internet Explorer, and the new Windows Security Center. It also includes select out-of-band releases, and a small number of new enhancements, which do not significantly change customers’ experience with the operating system. Windows XP SP3 provides a new baseline for customers still deploying Windows XP. For customers with existing Windows XP installations, Windows XP SP3 fills gaps in the updates they might have missed—for example, by declining individual updates when using Windows Update.