Microsoft Finally Fixes The SVCHOST Bug In Windows XP After Years

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Windows XP SVCHOST bug fix
Microsoft’s Windows XP is nearing its end-of-life date. One of the most glaring bug Windows XP users experienced over their lifetime should be the one related to svchost.exe. The SVCHOST system process would eat up upto 100% of CPU during Windows updates. Because of this, overall system performance will do down significantly. Microsoft is aware of this bug and promised to fix it long back. Microsoft has finally delivered the fix to stop this svcehost issue. As we are just two more patch Tuesdays away from Windows XP’s end of life, it is good to see Microsoft fixing the issue.

  In a statement, Dustin Childs, group manager in the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing group said…

“On Tuesday, Microsoft depreciated legacy security updates for Internet Explorer that had been replaced by more recent ones. We did this to improve customer experience, reducing the time Windows Update requires to check existing updates before installing new ones. This action was purely to improve update performance and does not affect customer security.” – Dustin Childs, group manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing

Source: WindowsITPro



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  • Asgard

    Maybe so… but really, who cares?

    • AS147

      Up to 29% of the world wide desktop and operating system owners which is the market share XP still has regardless of its pending death. It is clear everyone isn’t going to move by April and its probably a good move if any needs and MS decides to provide updates post April. They have already stated they are maintaining antivirus updates post April. Its quite alarming though that 29% are still on XP and there are only two more patch Tuesdays left!

      • Tips_y

        The vast majority of businesses still on XP will be moving to W7. So a lot of those left using XP will be those unlicensed XP users in China and Asia.

        • haha123

          Here in the UK, half of all businesses are on XP, and many don’t have plans to upgrade, including the government and the NHS (National Health Service).

          It won’t be just China/Asia, but Europe as well. I think the US will be the only successful major country for XP migration.

          • Tips_y

            Eventually, those businesses will have no choice but to move to W7, or to some other OSes not by MS. MS will stop supporting the aging OS itself in two months time, although they said they will continue to update the antivirus for a few months more. What will mostly be left will be unlicensed XP. But even here in my 3rd-world country, a lot of unlicensed XP have already “upgraded” to unlicensed W7 LOL!

          • haha123

            The ‘half’ is from personal experience. I’ve been to a lot of retailers, be it supermarkets like Asda, Sainsburys, clothing stores like Primark, or electrical retailers like Currys – they all run on XP. What’s even worse is that only recently, I saw an IE6 window open on a computer in sport retailer Sports Direct! But I am pretty sure that the figure is half, or approx. at least.

            The ‘many don’t have plans to upgrade’ are from news articles that I’ve been reading for the past couple of months. Search for them for the sources.

          • Tips_y

            Well then, you are entitled to your own opinion.

      • Jeff Hung

        There are several reasons why it is so difficult to kill Windows XP:
        1. Windows XP coincided with the wave of discounted PC and business IT boom. Many companies built their IT system for the first time on Windows XP due to the lower initial cost. Therefore, many stakeholders refuse to invest more money on upgrading because they have no idea that a company IT system won’t last forever.
        2. In many emerging markets, PC sales and services rely on amateur technicians who build PC from parts and install pirated OS because software isn’t considered a cost. They would continue pushing Windows XP because it is the last Windows they can easily pirate. And many of those amateur technicians are just kids who build their business on Windows XP. They don’t want to learn new stuff or ruin their reputation as “computer experts” because they don’t know how to fix Windows 7/8.

        Forget those phony “computer experts”, and any serious business should spend money on upgrading their IT system. Seriously, when did those XP necrophiles buy their last computers? It is getting very difficult if not impossible to buy a computer which is compatible to XP now. A few years ago people might still be able to force install Windows 7 drivers on XP systems. But I believe they’re out of luck today unless they can accept VESA mode display.

  • Bruce

    They probably realized that it would be really stupid for Windows Update to be degrading someone’s computer performance considering no new updates will be released.

    Microsoft should do this more often. I’m sure Windows 7 and 8 also have many bugs which aren’t fixed and won’t be fixed any time soon (if ever) just because they’re not considered vulnerabilities.

    • reKitab

      Are you sure Windows 7 and 8 have many bugs which aren’t fixed and won’t be fixed any time soon (if ever)? Any bug hints you are aware of?

    • Nham Thien Duong

      Seriously, if you know those bugs, report ‘em to Micrososft and they will fix e’sem.

      • Tips_y

        Yes, he really should!

      • Guest

        Yes MSFT may wait until the OS end of service but sooner or later (or much much later) fix ‘em :(

      • Prayaas

        The question is, where?

        Since September 13, 2011, I’ve been watching bugs in Windows 8 and listing them with screenshots in a document. I used to be a part of the “invite-only” Windows Ecosystem Readiness Program on Microsoft Connect, which gave me a feedback tool that can be used to report bugs directly to the Windows team – they receive it in the same form and in the same place that they receive reports from internal employees and testers, only that they don’t have the Employee label.

        Since Windows Developer Preview Build 8102 I’ve been hunting for bugs, and trust me, I can suck bugs out of an OS like a weasel sucks eggs. Lol. And I used to report 10-15 daily.

        Until the day of RTM, the feedback tool ceased to function. Windows 8.1 never had a similar program and neither does 9 (yet).

        Since then, I have a list of 800+ bugs unresolved even in Windows 8.1 and nowhere to report. Yes, MORE THAN EIGHT HUNDRED!!

        And those that I used to report were very slowly, if ever fixed, though that’s not a problem, because they had to focus on getting features ready for release back then.

  • LexicoRed

    It is this commitment to serving the customer that keeps the users so loyal to Microsoft….or not!

    And yet we wonder why no one wants a Windows Phone or why Windows 8 is tanking.

  • tomakali

    Microsoft should offer Free 2years Windows 8 upgrade license to all XP users
    otherwise they are not going to upgrade…
    i wish Microsoft do offer Free Lumia 520 for every W8 license purchased :)

    • Prayaas

      Yeah, so that they have to suffer a loss and people murder them like they did when the Surface RT loss was taken. Not realizing that they gave away so many for free, so many at heavy discounts and spent a lot on adverts.

      • tomakali

        yes itd upto M$ to decide

        Either suffer loss and gain W8 market
        or still spend on supporting dead XP in finding up bugs…

  • ghendric

    Should I switch back to XP now??? lol..