Microsoft cautions against Windows XP hack


    Microsoft is warning XP users to steer clear of a hack that installs security updates despite the recent end of support for the aged OS.

    In a statement sent to ZDNet on Monday, Microsoft explained:

    "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 turned off the support tap for Windows XP in early April, which means the software giant will no longer provide bug fixes, security patches, or other updates for the OS. That cutoff puts XP users at risk, so it's only natural that some would try to find a workaround to keep their XP computers secure.

    As described by Betanews, the hack directs updates intended for Windows Embedded Industry and Windows Server 2003 to XP machines via a Registry change. But XP isn't quite the same as Windows Embedded or Server 2003.

  • OMG people are stupid. That's similar to a medical hack that unlocks organ transplants so that you will now take any heart, regardless of what animal it is from!!!

  • @scottalanmiller Yeah sort of. We have the same opinion regarding this.

  • And, not surprising, someone on Spiceworks today already wanted to try this.

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