Microsoft Warns Against the Windows XP Hack

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | May 29, 2014 10:37 AM EST

Microsoft is recommending their users not to use the hack that permits XP users to continue to mount security updates.

In spite of the current end of support of the old OS, Microsoft is still advising XP users to avoid the hack that installs security updates.

"We recently became aware of a hack that purportedly aims to provide security updates to Windows XP customers. The security updates that could be installed are intended for Windows Embedded and Windows Server 2003 customers and do not fully protect Windows XP customers. Windows XP customers also run a significant risk of functionality issues with their machines if they install these updates, as they are not tested against Windows XP. The best way for Windows XP customers to protect their systems is to upgrade to a more modern operating system, like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1," Microsoft conveyed a report to ZDNet last Monday.

The hack gives updates meant for Windows Embedded Industry and Windows Server 2003 to XP devices through a Registry change. But Windows Embedded or Server 2003 is different from XP.

Because of the termination of the support monitor for Windows XP last April, which means that the software giant will no more support the updates of the said OS such as bug fixes, security patches, or other updates, some XP users find ways to make their XP computers safe and secure.

Windows XP is indeed a widespread OS that has been operating for 12 years. In fact, 18 per cent and 30 per cent of all Windows PCs are using this OS, as reported by Web analytics firms. Microsoft tells it has been noticing users of the coming termination to extended support for XP since the last part of 2007. The following Windows 7 is now the most commonly used desktop OS, and Windows 8 is also making its way towards the users.

As of now, Microsoft cannot respond fast to software updates because it has been working on temporary custom support options for larger businesses with many legacy systems and established processes.

Many users doubt whether Windows 7 or Windows 8 will operate on their computer or will sustain their current software. As an answer Microsoft presents a Windows Upgrade Assistant tool that will study a PC's hardware and software to determine if it can operate a more modern OS.

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