You might have read the articles how you can download security updates for Windows Embedded onto Windows XP to address vulnerabilities in Windows XP. This is an interesting problem. So, it is easy to force XP to download updates for a different OS. Is this now good or bad?
Well, it is kind of both. Assuming that the update really works (and I mean really, really) it might be a good idea to address a vulnerability which is known to the world as you will be vulnerable. On the other hand, there is a certain likelihood that it will break your system If it does it immediately (and you have a way to roll back) the impact might be limited. If it breaks XP after a certain period of time because of an issue you did not find during testing, it is a really bad idea.
In other words, it is all about risk management â€“as always.
One statement in Microsoft’s reaction is un-doubtfully true:
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.
BTW, that’s the complete official statement by Microsoft
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.
At the end of the day you need to decide yourself
- Windows XP hack resurrects patches for retired OS (infoworld.com)
- Windows XP hack resurrects patches for retired OS (techworld.com.au)
- Microsoft warns against registry hack that allows Windows XP updates (neowin.net)
- Registry Hack: Get Windows XP Security Updates until 2019 (thehackernews.com)