Simple Hack Gives Windows XP Another 5 Years of Life
Microsoft has officially expired support for Windows XP few weeks back but hackers have come up with a new solution (read hack) to get updates from Microsoft for another 5 years. Isn’t it amazing? Read on.
People who are not yet ready to give up Windows XP have some good news. Looks like a simple registry edit will give Windows XP another 5 years of life. Follow these 15 second instruction which are all over the internet now. It is worth a try.
Fire up regedit and navigate to HKLM\System\WPA and create a new key called PosReady. Click on that new key, add a new DWORD value, and set it to 1. From now on, Windows Update won’t see a Windows XP computer when it checks for new patches from Microsoft.
Instead, your system will report itself as a Windows POSReady device. POSReady is an operating system optimized for point-of-service (POS) solutions. Why does that matter? Because POSReady systems are slated to receive updates until 2019. It’s a slightly different version of Windows that’s retooled for use mainly on embedded systems. However, POSReady XP codebase is similar enough to Windows XP that you can install the updates on a “disguised” system.
The trick mentioned above will work on a 32-bit XP system. The 64-bit version is slightly different, but these step-by-step tutorial is easy enough to follow.
All told, that’s a whopping 18 years of updates for Windows XP since October 25, 2001 when Windows XP was first released. Not a bad run for Microsoft’s first really solid consumer OS. But is it really a good idea to tweak the system registry to get few more updates?
If there’s really no way you can justify spending the money on a new system or an OS upgrade and you’re not comfortable installing Linux on your system, the answer is yes. You might be running a shaky old OS, but at least recently-discovered holes will get a fresh coat of patch applied to them. As a bonus, you should also stop seeing those annoying pop-up alerts.
But remember that XP as a whole isn’t anywhere near as secure as Windows 7 or Windows 8. It was not built from the ground up to resist modern malware, and if Microsoft figures out a different way to distinguish POSReady machines and neutralizes this particular registry tweak… Well, your luck will have run out again.
We strongly advice that you upgrade to a newer version of OS. Why don’t you try using Open Source for a while. We are sure you will love it as you start using Linux or other open source OS.
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