We extend the receipt of security updates for Windows XP for another 5 years

    On April 8, 2014, a terrible thing happened in the world of high technologies - Microsoft finally officially stopped supporting its most popular operating system, Windows XP. The operating system was left without patches for zero-day threats, millions of users were at risk of virus infection. Nevertheless, not everyone is in a hurry to switch to new versions as the software giant wants it - someone is sorry for the money, someone is used to the painfully familiar interface and boring wallpaper with green hills. Everything is much more serious in the corporate environment, where thousands of machines work on Windows XP, updating of which will result in millions of expenses and unforeseen problems with years of honed corporate software.

    But it turns outthat there is a simple hack that allows you to extend the receipt of security updates for Windows XP for the next five years, i.e. until April 2019!

    This was made possible thanks to the existence of a special version of WIndows XP - Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 . This system was released in 2009 and is based on Windows XP Service Pack 3. It is designed for various POS-terminals, kiosks, self-service systems. Windows XP users are not allowed to directly install these updates for their operating system. However, there is a way to get the system to do this by simply adding a specific key to the Windows registry.

    Open a new file in a warm lamp notebook, hammer in three lines, save with the extension .reg and run with administrator rights:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 

    Since expanded support for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 ends only after 5 years, Microsoft will continue to provide new security updates and patches for this version until April 9, 2019, so users can use this hack to receive Windows XP security updates for another five years in advance.


    In connection with the riot of various anti-piracy initiatives in our world and country, it may suddenly turn out that this trick is punishable by just 5 years in prison. Therefore, you decide.


    Microsoft made the expected comment on zdnet.com:
    We recently became aware of a method that is supposed to allow Windows XP users to receive security updates. These security updates are for Windows Embedded and Windows Server 2003 and do not fully protect Windows XP users. Windows XP users place their machines at significant risk by installing these updates because they have not been tested for Windows XP. The best way to protect your systems for Windows XP users is to upgrade to a newer version, such as Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

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