Difference in XP release dates?

December 5, 2009 at 21:51:50
Specs: Windows XP
Are there any differences in the retail XP SP2 full version that was relased in August 2004 and the one release in December 2006?

I know there was a blowup over something about the WGA in XP acting similar to spyware in 2006.


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#1
December 6, 2009 at 07:54:30
Why not start at the source?

http://www.microsoft.com/indonesia/...

LIR


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#2
December 6, 2009 at 11:53:05
Thanks for the reply, but I didn't see anything on that page to help me.

I now see that I didn't mention this, but I am asking only about the full retail Home edition of XP SP2. On Microsoft's website, it mentioned a release date for this software in August 2004 and in December 2006. I was just interested if anything changed, or if the discs manufactured in December are different.


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#3
December 6, 2009 at 14:26:59
On Microsoft's website, it mentioned a release date for this software in August 2004 and in December 2006

Would you mind giving us the URL for the above assertion? Normally a release date for any software version occurs only once in its life cycle. As far as I am concerned, August 2004 is the official RTM (release to manufacture) date. December 2006 may be the date M$ reissued Windows XP N version to comply with European Commission order. See the link below for explanation of the difference.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/886540

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#4
December 6, 2009 at 16:33:48
Here is the link:

http://www.microsoft.com/howtotell/...

That link was linked from the webpage below:

http://www.microsoft.com/howtotell/...


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#5
December 7, 2009 at 07:01:10
The two links you provided relates to Windows COA labels. It has nothing to do with the CD or DVD media itself The first link are general information covering the evolution of M$ COA labels. The second link pertain specifically to Windows XP Home edition COA.

Are you having an issue? If so tell us.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#6
December 7, 2009 at 07:16:06
You confusion may be about the release date of various service packs. You are running WinXP sp2. Of course this version was released later than XP original. There are a total of 3 service packs for WinXP.

You probably should update to SP3.


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#7
December 11, 2009 at 11:37:17
I just got my second XP Home software, and it has the last made COA on it. I compared both that software and software from a box with a 2004 COA on it and the discs are different sizes. Both are the full version of XP Home Retail SP2. The one with the latest (2006) COA on the box has more files and folders and, of course, a bigger size on disk.

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#8
December 11, 2009 at 13:25:29
That is because there more updates and drivers integrated into it. Service packs are major releases that bundle all the updates for that version up to that date. That is a moving target though so there are always more updates, etc.

COA stands for Certificate Of Authenticity. Has little to do with the original release date of Windows XP.

What is your point anyway?


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#9
December 11, 2009 at 22:34:28
Sorry OtheHill, I didn't mention that I was not talking about service packs. The retail version of XP seems to have stopped with SP2, I've never seen a retail version of XP with SP3, only OEMs.

My point is that the last boxes of full XP Home SP2 Retail discs, with the 2006 COA on the box, have more on it than the ones in the box with the older COAs (2004). Even if they only changed COA for pirating reasons, there has to be a reason the newer disc has more on it than the older one.


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#10
December 12, 2009 at 07:40:30
I told you why already. A service pack is a rollup of ALL the updates, etc. since the release of the OS or the last service pack.

The CDs you are referring to obviously have differences. Just because both have SP2 integrated doesn' mean they are the same.

SP3 was 153MB in size. Some or most of those files may have been included in the larger version. Even after SP3 there were/are many more updates that have been released. Most every week there are some, even now.

Microsoft is not going to press a new batch of disks without including the available updates. So, naturally something two years later is going to have many more updates included.

Go to Add/remove programs and look at all the updates that are on your system. Be sure to tick the box to show updates.


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#11
December 12, 2009 at 23:56:27
Okay, so the last XP discs made are SP2 AND the updates that came out after that Service Pack.

You don't add to a SP, right? Anything that came out after SP2 is not considered part of that Service Pack? Those updates are included and considered part of SP3, aren't they?

Thanks for the comments, I just wanted to know for sure because I was curious. I especially wanted to know because the WGA part of XP was changed in 2006.


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#12
December 13, 2009 at 06:27:03
When MSoft decides to release an other SP they bundle all updates, etc. up to a certain date and incorporate them into the service pack. I am sure there are other changes made to the OS at that time. Things that couldn't make it into the last release.

Then the updates, etc. start piling up again.

Win2000 went through 4 service packs and what MS calls a rollup.


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