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Windows XP SP2 Release Candidate Patched

Microsoft has taken the unusual step of patching release candidate testing software by issuing three critical patches for Windows XP Service Pack 2 RC1. Pre-release software is buggy by definition and users normally expect to have problems fixed either in future test versions or in the final code.

Testers visiting Windows Update found the updates last week, according to the BetaNews site. Two of the problems involved the Windows Firewall, a renamed and greatly updated version of Windows XP's former Internet Connection Firewall that will debut with the service pack. The other problem involved dropped virtual private networking connections with Linksys gateway devices.

A Microsoft spokesperson told BetaNews the patches were offered partly to test changes to Windows Update's infrastructure.

Microsoft released Windows XP SP2 RC1 last month. The company also is supposed to issue an RC2 version before releasing the gold code sometime in the first half of 2004.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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