Continue to get updates for Windows XP?

Still running Windows XP? While it is advised to switch over to Windows 7 or 8.1 for many reasons, a technique is being used to continue to get security patches for Windows XP, while this will not protect the system as a whole, it will provide more security for your Windows XP than without.

A relatively simple method has emerged as a trick for the XP users which makes it possible to receive Windows XP security updates for the next five years i.e. until April 2019.

It makes use of updates for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 based on Windows XP Service Pack 3, because the security updates which are being released for POSReady 2009 are inevitably the same updates Microsoft would have rolled out for its Windows XP, if it was still supporting XP Operating System.

Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 is the operating system installed in "point-of-sale" (POS) systems such as restaurant machine, ticket machines or other customized version of Windows Embedded systems. POS machine most likely uses the XP operating system, therefore receives the same updates that are delivered by Microsoft for the officially unsupported version of Windows XP.

You are not allowed to directly install these Windows updates for your OS. In order to download new security updates for your Windows XP, you just need to perform a simple intervention into the Windows registration database.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

*Open Notepad and create a new file.

*Copy and Paste the text below:


    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady]
    "Installed"=dword:00000001

*Save file as .reg extension and run it by double clicking it.
   

Once executed, you will find lots of pending updates in your Windows Action Center.

Because the extended support for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 systems ends after 5 years, Microsoft will continue to deliver new security updates and patches for this version of its embedded operating system till April 9th, 2019, so users can use this trick to get security updates of Windows XP for another five years.

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