we have taken action to provide additional critical security updates to address vulnerabilities that are at heightened risk of exploitation due to past nation-state activity and disclosures," writes Eric Doerr, general manager for Microsoft's Security Response Center.Of the issues addressed in this release, 18 are rated Critical, 76 are Important, one is rated Moderate, and one is of Low severity.Although fixes for unsupported platforms are still created under custom support agreements with business customers who have paid for them, it is extremely rare for Microsoft to release patches for end-of-life operating systems to the general public.(They issued an out-of-band patch for Internet Explorer on XP in 2014 shortly after support ended.) "Today …You can read our review of Windows 10 but the bottom line is that it is certainly the best version of Windows yet.As we often say, you'd be surprised at how much your computer appears to speed up when you install Windows fresh.There has also been added a “health checking” component that’s already used by Windows Server 2008 which can check to make sure that certain upgrades and security features are in place for XP-based clients before they are allowed to log onto a network.Note that this Service Pack is valid for updates across the XP range including Windows XP, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Home Edition N, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional Edition, Windows XP Professional N, Windows XP Service Pack 1, Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Starter Edition and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.
Net Applications measured 31.2% of the world’s PCs still running XP in October 2013.
Download Service Pack 3 now to ensure that your version of XP is updated with the latest fixes and features for maximum functionality.
Service Pack 3 includes some important updates including Microsoft’s updated Management Console 3.0, which appears in Windows Server 2008 and Vista, and an update to Wifi protected access.
Microsoft this week rolled out its monthly security update, which includes fixes for 96 CVEs in Windows, Skype, Office, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge.
This massive wave of releases provided updates for unsupported services Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.