Users Trick Windows XP Into Updating After End Of Support

Microsoft might have ended support for Windows XP as scheduled on April 8, and might not be rolling out patches and fixes for the operating system, but the users base has unearthed a tweak.

Basically, this is a trick that allows the retired OS to continue receiving updates.

Published here on a German forum, Windows XP is tweaked in such a way that it is identified by the Windows Update service as Windows Embedded POSReady 2009. This little spoofing is enough for users to keep their computers fully protected.

For the time being, at least.

Thing is that there are just very minor differences between Windows XP and Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, so installing updates for the latter is enough to keep the former secure.

And considering the fact that Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 is scheduled to keep getting patches until April 9, 2019, there is a possibility of staying secure for five more years.

That is, unless Microsoft blocks this trick on its servers.

Which it very well could.

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  • Ray C

    Microsoft needs to make a new Embedded or make changes, so this won’t work

    • Emily Williams

      I agree. Stop letting XP users keep trying to skate by on a 14 year old OS. It’s unacceptable at this point. Either keep it without the updates or realize that an upgrade is necessary.

  • Steve Fulton

    Just a temporary fix for users and issues for Microsoft. This won’t last too long. Users can only get so far before they need to upgrade.

  • Mike Greenway

    “Thing is that there are just very minor differences between Windows XP and Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, so installing updates for the latter is enough to keep the former secure.” This assumes facts that are not in evidence.

  • Mike Greenway

    Microsoft say “We recently became aware of a hack that purportedly aims to provide security updates to Windows XP customers. The security updates that could be installed are intended for Windows Embedded and Windows Server 2003 customers and do not fully protect Windows XP customers. Windows XP customers also run a significant risk of functionality issues with their machines if they install these updates, as they are not tested against Windows XP. The best way for Windows XP customers to protect their systems is to upgrade to a more modern operating system, like Windows 7 or Windows8.1”