Large number of users switched to the latest versions of Windows since Microsoft officially ended to support Windows XP the 8th of April 2014.
Despite there are still many users that rely on the old operating system, especially some companies and organizations that were unable to migrate to the new systems before the support phase ended, and that are paying Microsoft to get security patches and updates.
Now a registry hack that allows Windows XP to continue receiving update has emerged. In fact the discovered hack will allow receiving security updates until April 2019 and… for FREE.
By making a few changes in the registry of XP, the hack basically tricks the automatic update servers at Microsoft into thinking the OS is Windows Embedded POSReady 2009. The OS is based on Windows XP Service Pack 3 and it will continue to get security updates from Microsoft until April 2019.
For 32-bit versions of Windows XP SP3, tweak the registry by opening Notepad, and pasting in:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Then Save As xp.reg. Note, the ".reg" file extension, not the default .txt.
For 64-bit versions of XP, there is a workaround on Sebijk.
However is worth to say that is still better to migrate from XP as this operative system is less secure than the other more modern versions. Moreover is likely that Microsoft will find the way to block any updates that use this hack.
For the moment, we like to know that the good old Widows XP is not yet dead.
With just under 3 months to go until Microsoft stops supporting Windows XP, it’s worth starting to plan what your business is going to do as the deadline draws nearer. That is, if you are still using it.
Perhaps you think that if you just continue as you are that “everything will be alright”, or have the attitude of “she’ll be fine mate, we’re careful”.
But if you’re approaching your business IT solutions in this way, it can be a nasty wake up call for you when issues arise and you can’t continue trading due to the loss of data or funds.
So here are some things to think about if your business still uses Windows XP: