This is crazy and beyond inconvenient to customers who have XP. If they left it like it is now, someone who installs XP with even SP2 slipstreamed, after the OS install the user has to download and install around 50 updates from Windows Update for bug and more importantly security patches. Even with a fast computer on a broadband internet connection this process takes around 1-2 hours. They could easily create a SP3 with all of these updates rolled into a single install. Not to do so is a slap in the face to existing customers who bought XP in good faith.
Yeah, that’s what I’m saying.
However, one poster did make a valid point that I didn’t stress enough. It’s not a statement of fact. But one surely has to wonder given how MS has acted in the past.