Microsoft has ended all sorts of support for its Windows XP operating system since April this year. The operating system, which was released in 2001, will no longer receive any updates or patches from Microsoft. As you all know, working with an operating system that does not receive the latest security updates is very dangerous. However, one of the developers has come up with a solution. He is in the making of a Windows XP service pack 4. This unofficial service pack is claimed to contain all the updates released for the operating system until now.
The third beta version of the SP4 is ready and we might soon see the release of the full version. In addition to integration of all updates, the major attraction of SP4 is the inclusion of new security fixes. However, these fixes are aimed at ATMs operating with Windows XP operating system and also POS machines.
Earlier, there were reports that the updates can be received for the operating system by altering the registry entries. However, Microsoft says that installing updates through these methods could prove to be more troublesome for the users. The company gives out warning to the users that 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.” The statement from Microsoft further says, “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.”
Now, keep in mind that SP4 released for the operating system may or may not be helpful. This is because it is an unofficial release by a developer and it is not yet clear how the unofficial service pack was tested or was it tested at all for issues.
According to Windows XP help forums, it is never a good idea to install the patches released by third party developers for the operating systems due to the absence of proper testing. It could put the operating system in more trouble.
Windows XP help forums advice existing Windows XP users to upgrade their outdated operating systems to Windows 7 or Windows 8 for enhanced safety of data and to avoid troubles. You may go through various online support forums or contact Microsoft support to find out more on the upgrade options available.
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According to recent market reports, the sales of the Windows operating systems have increased considerably over the past few months. With the end of mainstream support for Windows XP, many users have relented and started to upgrade to its successive versions. This has resulted in the increase in the number of Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 operating systems. Along with this, Chromebook users have also increased and have thereby led to an increase in the overall PC sales.
Moreover, the technicians at the Windows XP help state that the PC shipment sales will decline much less as compared to what was observed last year. The improvement in the sales of systems running on the Windows operating system is definitely pleasing news for the software giant, which has been trying hard to retrieve its customers who had migrated to other operating systems. Although there will be a decline in the global shipment sales this year, it would be just 3.7 % this year. Compared to this, the overall dip in the shipment sales was around 6% last year.
According to the Windows XP help technicians, the user share of the Windows XP operating system has decreased in the last three months. Although there are many users who prefer using the same operating system instead of the latest touch-centric versions, many people have been following the trend of migrating to the Windows 8 and 8.1 operating systems. The reports also state that PC shipment sales will reach anywhere around 303.5 million and that include 133.5 million desktops and 170 million laptops. In 2012, the decline in the shipment sales was almost 9.8 %, which was due to the sudden advent of other devices. For example, Tablets were launched on large scales and were available at a relatively meager price as compared to desktops.
However, sources from IDC state that the Windows XP replacement cycle won’t last forever and the software giant will have to implement new strategies to carry on this positive trend. Microsoft has decided to launch Windows 9 by next year i.e. mid 2015. Codenamed as Threshold, this operating system is said to comprise of many unique and sophisticated features that will definitely make up for the issues that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 had posed for the users.
Therefore, it can be said that Microsoft has finally succeeded in moving atleast some of its users from the aged OS versions to the latest ones by terminating the services for Windows XP OS.
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Windows XP is the most popular operating system released by Microsoft in the Windows OS family. Even though it has a high percent of computer market share, the tech giant ended the Windows support given to this 12-year-old operating system on April 8, 2014. In fact, this was a major blow to many of the users, who have depended on Windows XP operating system for long. The end of support does not mean that you will not be able to work with Windows XP normally. But, your XP computer will not receive any security updates or patches needed to work your OS efficiently. This will make your Windows XP computer highly prone to security attacks like viruses, malware, adware, etc.
Even though the Microsoft has ended releasing security updates and patches to Windows XP operating system, they are still releasing the essential updates for Windows XP anti-malware suite and engine. The users of Windows XP can make use of these updates for Windows XP anti-malware suite until July 14, 2015. Users of the enterprise version will see these signatures applied to Forefront Client Security, System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Endpoint Protection, and Windows Intune security features running on their Windows XP operating system. However, for the normal users, this is mainly applied to Microsoft Security Essentials, which is the antivirus software that keeps Windows XP computer protected from various malware and viruses.
In order to remind the Windows XP users about the end of support date for the Microsoft Security Essentials, a company named 10ZiG has created a countdown clock, which will show the exact time and days remaining for the end of support. This will help the users know exactly how much time is left for the end of support for Windows XP anti-malware suite. Moreover, the company had also created a clock similar to this for Windows XP end of support. This illustrated the time remaining for the end of support, which expired a few months ago.
Most of the users of Windows XP are still unaware about the continued support for the XP anti-malware suite from Microsoft, since most of them are relying on other methods to keep Windows XP safe from virus and other threats. The main reason behind the end of support is to promote the recent versions of Microsoft OS. For more news and information regarding this, contact our Windows XP help team. Our Windows XP help team will help with all your queries and doubts related to Windows XP OS.
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Unless you have been living under a rock, you must have received information about the recent closure of Windows XP support. From April 2014, Windows XP operating system has stopped receiving any more crucial security updates from the Windows Update channel. This means that every vulnerabilities, which have not been patched yet will remain open and will act as definite portals for malicious hackers to gain control of your computer. Not only do you risk losing crucial data, all the sensitive information that your Windows XP system contains will be available to users, who gain access to your system.
Upgrading your PC system to a more recent operating system is crucial. However, this does not solve the problem entirely. Many retail point-of-sale systems, restaurant systems and even ATM banking machines still continue to run Windows XP and will not be upgrading any time in the near future. All these systems are designed to handle your money and they are all running on an outdated system. If these systems are compromised, the result will be theft of credit card numbers or personal information theft. If you want help upgrading your outdated operating system, you can contact our Windows XP help service.
The reason for the delay is not because these industries are not concerned about their customer’s security. Since Windows XP ran on virtually every system, upgrading would take a lot of time and resources. IT security is not their core concern hence this has been treated as a low priority item.
Normally, finding a vulnerability in an operating system can take some time and implementing a large scale attack would take even more. Windows XP is more susceptible because of the shared code that is used in different version of Windows. For example, suppose Microsoft found a new vulnerability and patched it for the newer versions of Windows operating system. Malicious attackers can simply reverse engineer this patch to examine the original vulnerability and try to exploit it in the Windows XP operating system.
Until all the outdated systems are eventually replaced, IT security firms believe the safest temporary alternative is to raise the defenses higher by routinely reviewing remote connection logs, maintaining good network firewalls and toughen access and raise password controls. Installing advanced malware defenses might mitigate attacks by trojans and viruses. However, this is no permanent solution, so we hope these industries will give more priority to system upgrade in the near future. If you want help deciding which operating system to choose, contact our Windows XP help team.
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If you are a Windows OS user, you might know very well that the aging operating system Windows XP has been abandoned by the software giant Microsoft. The end of support was long overdue. Actually, the software had made numerous attempts previously to end the support for Windows XP. Due to overwhelming requests from Windows XP users across the globe they had to extend it till April 8, 2014. But, months after the end of support there are still millions, who use XP for various purposes.
It is quite difficult to understand why many users still continue using XP. The end of Windows XP help and support means that the operating system users will not be receiving any security updates, non-security hot fixes and tech support services. There will no official Windows XP help and support of any kind for the Windows XP users. It is quite interesting that even after knowing the consequences, even some techies prefer using Windows XP over newer Windows operating systems. There might be many possible reasons. Here are some of the important ones:
When you are accustomed to doing something, we tend to continue with it. This is why most people hate change. Changing something so familiar that you are used to means you have to adjust to newer things. Many people consider new changes unacceptable. Windows XP has been around for 13 years. People are so used to the features of Windows XP that some find it unthinkable to switch to a newer and advanced version.
Windows Vista disaster:
Windows Vista was the successor to Windows XP, and we all know what happened, it was a huge flop. Windows Vista had many issues that forced Windows XP users to avoid switching to Vista. Vista is by far the worst Windows OS the software giant Microsoft Corporation has ever developed.
Products working on Windows XP
There are many software products such as accounting software that are only compatible with Windows XP. Those businesses that depend on these software programs find it difficult to switch to newer OS because of this reason.
No matter what these reasons may be, it is best to upgrade to newer versions of Windows. There are many advanced features these newer versions contain that XP users will miss out on. Moreover, Windows XP is highly vulnerable to malicious attacks. You will have to spend an awful amount of time guarding your system against hundreds of attacks.
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