Microsoft yesterday released Windows XP SP3 after a delay.

Microsoft released the third service pack for Windows XP to the web after last week delaying its scheduled release because of an incompatibility with one of its other software applications.

Windows XP SP3 is now available through Windows Update and also on the Microsoft Download Center. Microsoft had expected to release the software on April 29; however, it discovered it conflicted with an application called Microsoft Dynamics RMS.

The problem also affected Windows Vista SP1. Dynamics RMS is a retail-chain-management software for small and midsized businesses. Microsoft has also resumed automatic distribution of Windows Vista, Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Microsoft still is not offering either service pack to Microsoft Dynamics RMS customers, having put in place a filter on Windows Update to prevent distribution to those customers. The company is still working on a fix it expects to have available later this month, it said.

Microsoft still recommends that Dynamics RMS customers running Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP1 contact their Microsoft Customer Support Services for more information.

Microsoft's TTechNet website also has more information about Windows XP SP3.

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