Updating microsoft xp
“To address this risk, today we are providing additional security updates along with our regular Update Tuesday service.
These security updates are being made available to all customers, including those using older versions of Windows.” Microsoft says it is releasing updates for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and all other more recent unsupported and supported versions of Windows due to an “elevated risk” of attacks that are similar to the Wanna Cry malware.
The Wanna Cry ransomware virus rampaged its way across Windows XP machines that were simply not supported to the extent that the modern threat landscape requires.
The malware shutting down everything from hospitals to delivery companies was proof if anything of the extreme consequences of unpatched machines.
Of course, there is a cost attached to not moving on from XP.
Moving from XP to Windows 10 could set you back upwards of £200 per PC (Windows 10 Pro).
The deadline for Windows 7 support is 14 January 2020, so any business wanting to start the migration process should start soon-ish, as full migrations can take up to 18 months for large businesses.
There has been speculation that The Shadow Brokers, a group that leaked the NSA exploits, tipped Microsoft in advance to the previous exploits.
Microsoft also mysteriously delayed its Patch Tuesday release in February by a month in an unprecedented move, blaming a "last minute issue".The latest update is the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update which was made available on general release on 17 October 2017 and came packed full of features including improvements to its mobile experience and creative capabilities.