Microsoft Details The Final Security Patches For Windows XP

End of the line, shorty! Windows XP is in its final stretch, with the fan favorite operating system about to receive its final set of security fixes next week as part of the Patch Tuesday cycle on April 8, 2014.

That means only five days remain before end of support for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Windows Server 2003. And by that token Internet Explorer 6 too — as this was the version of the browser that came by default with the classic old operating system.

Obviously, the old OS still commands a user base in the high 20s, and most of them would be rushing to download and deploy the final set of security patches via Windows Update.

Microsoft has put up the advance bulletin, and according to the summary, Windows XP will receive a Critical update for IE6, 7 and 8. Another patch labeled Important is on the cards, too.

Windows Server 2003 also gets the same updates, though the first one only counts as Moderate for the server platform. Office 2003 is also in on the action with two patches, one Critical and one Important.

Several of these updates also carry over to newer versions of these software, including Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Though it is not yet clear whether Microsoft plans to release a fix for the recently discovered flaw in Word that allows attackers remote code execution via a malicious RTF document.

The company released a Fix-It solution for this bug not too long ago, by the way.

As usual, Microsoft has not provided specifics on the vulnerabilities that are going to be fixed by these new patches, but we should be able to find out right at the start of next week.

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  • Jason Claven

    Sounds like a decent update. But with that said, RIP XP. You had a good run and were a great OS, but this marks the real end of the line for you.

  • Jake

    When you see they’re still updating IE 6, 7, and 8, it should be apparent that it is time to move on. XP users, enjoy the update, but make future plans now!

    • Bill Franklin

      Excellent point, Jake. We’re on IE11 now and XP can’t run a browser close to that. And that’s not even mentioning the lack of security you’ll have on an older browser.. Caution, proceed at your own risk.

  • Wayne S

    4 days until the update. After that, I’m guessing 4 months until the majority of XP users are off the OS. In 4 years, it’ll be an antique. lol

    • Emily W

      Haha. I see what you did there, Wayne. I know part of it was a joke, but I don’t think you’re that far off on the time estimates! Well done.

  • Ted Smith

    Haha! I like the graphic with the bandaids. It says it all. This can fix things for a little bit, but past that, XP is done. Great OS in its day as everyone would admit, but it’s 2014 now.

  • Sally Black

    That high 20s number is going to be in the teens before we know it…