The problem is that some of the vulnerabilities Microsoft is trying to patch tomorrow might also exist in Windows XP, and a security expert warns that hackers could try to reverse engineer the updates in order to find a way to exploit the flaws in XP.
Windows XP is still installed on nearly 26 percent of the desktop computers worldwide, which is the most obvious indication that, in the case of an unpatched vulnerability, millions of machines out there could be easily hacked by cybercriminals worldwide.
Microsoft might indirectly aid Windows hackers by rolling out updates for the security flaws it finds in Windows versions other than XP that could also exist in this particular OS version. Redmond has already announced its decision to keep Windows XP out of its Patch Tuesday rollouts, so such a thing is more or less unavoidable.
As usual, upgrading to a newer OS version is basically the only way to make sure that your computer isn’t exposed to attacks, and Microsoft clearly recommends those running XP to look into newer platforms as soon as possible.
Windows 8.1 is Microsoft’s operating system of choice, but such an upgrade would also require new hardware in order to cope with the requirements of a modern platform.