Is the Windows XP registry hack safe?


The tech news sites were buzzing this morning with the revelation that a simple registry hack could enable those still using Windows XP to receive updates from Microsoft.


PC Pro was just one site reporting that a registry “tweak” would let Windows XP users continue to receive software updates despite Microsoft ending support for the operating system earlier this year.

But The Guardian reports that Microsoft has warned against using the registry hack, and says that Windows XP customers could face problems if they install the updates.

“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,” Microsoft said in a statement.

“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.”

Of course, the safest thing to do if you are still using Windows XP is to simply upgrade your system to Windows 7 or 8.

It is always advisable to use an operating system that is supported, and regularly updated, by its developer.

Stuart O’Connor
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