Russian President Vladimir Putin Still Uses Windows XP On His PC

The Russian President was supposed to move to a Linux based software but that got delayed for some reason.

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A Kremlin press statement has revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin still uses the Windows XP on his official computers despite hacking risk.

The photos showed Putin's computer running Windows XP, an operating system that Microsoft stopped updating in 2014, was reported by the Open Media news website after examining photographs of his desktop.

Windows XP is installed both on Putin's desktop in the Kremlin and at his official residence Novo-Ogaryovo west of Moscow.

It appears that the Russian government regulations have prevented Putin from updating to the more recent Microsoft 10.

As per report, Windows XP was certified for use in the Russian government by the country's Service for Technical and Export Control and the latest Windows 10 system is only approved for computers which do not contain state secrets.

The Russian government was reportedly planning to switch to the Russian Astra Linux OS, but that plan was postponed because the software was not ready, therefore Windows XP remains in the work.

Recently, Russia banned the sale of smartphones without Russian-made software and apps starting July 2020.

But using Windows XP, in 2019, makes for a high risk case. Unless, the government has managed to work with Microsoft and get them to update the XP running on Putin’s system with the latest set of security patch, which is not available to anyone in the world. Except for banking institutions like India, where we still come across ATM systems running on XP.

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