Hackers Continue to Receive Support for Windows XPAdded: Saturday, May 31st, 2014
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The software giant that withdrew support of Windows XP last month has recently warned against using a hack that allows the outdated OS to continue to receive security updates. The hack makes update servers apply security patches to Windows XP – a tiny modification within the OS makes it look like other versions that are still supported until 2019.
Microsoft warned that people who still use Windows may face problems if they decide to use the hack and install the updates, because those were developed for Windows Embedded and Windows Server 2003 and cannot fully protect Windows XP. Besides, users also run a huge risk of functionality issues with their computers if they do install those updates, because they weren’t even tested against Windows XP.
Instead, Microsoft offers to upgrade the operating system to something like Windows 7 or switch browsers at the very least. However, the British government chose the third option and paid £5.5 million to extend support for Windows XP for another year in the hope that the public sector will take its time to migrate to supported software. The United Kingdom was not the only country to choose this way: the Netherlands, for instance, also negotiated a similar deal with Microsoft.
An Internet Explorer security bug was all over the news recently, as it was actively being used by hackers to obtain control of computers running Windows OS just days after the software maker ceased security support updates for Windows XP. This issue underlined the importance of continued security updates for popular software – and the statistics say that almost half of all machines in the world still run Windows XP.
As a result, Microsoft had to renege on its support withdrawal and issue a fix to the bug in IE on Windows XP – for free and for everyone. Security specialists warned that this problem was the first but not the last one, and that Windows XP users are strongly recommended to upgrade their software to any currently supported system. If they can’t do so due to the outdated hardware, they are still recommended to at least switch to another browser, like Google’s Chrome or Firefox that are actively supported.
According to the provided statistics, about 430 million computers worldwide were still running Windows XP at the day when Microsoft withdrew support. As for the United Kingdom, which paid for extended support, the OS was still used on 17% of machines in the beginning of May.
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|I tried this and it seems that MS moved quick to block/change the 'hack' and is now not working.|
|It seems that the defunct operating system that we are told it is still has and is getting updates for government use, but people who have been told they have no choice and have had to buy windows 7 are excluded from such choice,sounds like a marketing scam to get the sheeple onto windows 7 giving a huge cash injection into windows unnecessarily at our expense,I for one prefer to dual boot my box with xp and Linux and currently just linux since the Corporations believe us all to be cattle to be led around by the nose to buy their latest sh1te full of backdoors and security flaws.|
|5.5 Million for government machines to use XP,I would give a free copy of Fedora or Ubuntu to everyone in the UK and have a version of same in Government with a secure dedicated system of government servers to keep the spying b*stards in their own backyard and stop the GCHQ and NSA from interfering in an area of the public sector it has no business in.|
|Microsoft is just greedy and are trying to force users to inferior operating systems like Windows 8. Windows XP would have been gone long ago if there was a cost effective alternative that doesn't force users to learn a new UI. That along with the in OS purchase trash that is being forced on people within Windows 8. In my opinion Windows 8 makes Windows ME look good. It's time for Microsoft to face the fact that most people hate their newest OS options, and would rather stay with what they know.|
|posted by (2014-06-01 01:44:08)|
|WXP it imaged old depends mines with old hardware bud it not necessary has problems for who haven't WXP. first of all, I just saying ever windows upgrade to 8.1 from 7 with 5 years old or more old hardware has problems specially with old drives, dvdr drive noises, hard drive noises while Windows defender and Microsoft Safety Scanner checking antivirus. what about it if it just using Microsoft security with out other antivirus. Also,more noises like for fan temperature of ventilator speed or dirty for cleaning it for replace and if I now remember with a question my self where is the internal light or did I turn off in bios or was there??..etc.. in short, empty stomach for having diet made me thing to run windows with out food it not survive.|
|posted by (2014-06-03 09:16:56)|
|@cggc - That just hurt my brain reading your comment. I read it twice, started a third time as I came to the conclusion that life is just too damn short.|
|FOOK MICROSOFT n their BULLSHITE! bout as far as i go is look 4 a good movie 2 watch n wen i can't do that;|
den um pissd! probs n next few months thingz'll change.it's bout time for sum new tech shite 2 b reveald,
specially n the cell phone dept.there's bin a lull;but keep yo draws n panties on...lmao!thx Ozi 4 post.
|posted by (2014-06-16 03:40:57)|
|"Microsoft warned that people who still use Windows may face problems" lol i love it.||
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