There’s a new version of Windows XP. This version of XP is fully compatible with Mac and Linux software, streams to PlayStations, comes with cracked versions of Office 2007, has a $100 bill in the box, and actually seeks out and deletes DRM.
Oh, wait, that was that weird dream I had last night after some bad shrooms.
No, this new version of XP is Windows XP Service Pack 2c. See, XP’s been around so much longer than anyone expected that Microsoft ran out of product keys, and it’s had to issue a new version of XP to accomodate all the people still buying and install XP. Ker-razy!
Critical Action Item:
System builders who use imaging must create new Windows XP Professional images with Service Pack 2c when shipping Service Pack 2c product keys; otherwise end users will not be able to complete installation.
SP2c to Resolve Shortage of Windows XP Product Keys
Due to the longevity of Windows XP Professional, it has become necessary to produce more product keys for system builders in order to support the continued availability of Windows XP Professional through the scheduled system builder channel end-of-life (EOL) date of January 31, 2009.
See Windows Life-Cycle Web site for more information on Microsoftâ€™s support policy.
Timeline and Versions for SP2c Release
SP2c will be released into the System Builder channel in September to provide system builders with a new, extended range of product keys that will ship with:
- Windows XP Professional (except for Simplified Chinese, Russian and Korean languages)
- Windows XP Professional N
This release does not impact the following versions:
- Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
- Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
- Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional 64-bit Edition
SP2c Features and Requirements
There are no other features or fixes included in this service pack; it will only allow for the inclusion of additional product keys. When using SP2c product keys, system builders must:
- Use the product keys with SP2c media.
- Create new images from SP2c to accommodate the new product keys. A hotfix will not be provided.
I gotta say, that’s pretty damn funny.