Microsoft warns: your new PC is already out of date

Thursday, 18 December 2003, 12:44 PM EST

Microsoft has warned consumers that the first thing they need to do when they open their new computers this Christmas is to protect and update them.

There will be plenty of folk waking up Christmas morning to the thrill of a new PC packed with the latest components. But the Windows XP platform, with which it will most likely be preloaded, may not be include the latest security patches and fixes. The image of the OS that vendors use to preload machines may not be up to date.

Microsoft is warning that users 'won't have a secured connection to the Internet unless the new PC has a firewall enabled, is up to date using Windows Update and includes fully updated anti-virus software.'

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