As you might know by now, the Windows XP official support has discontinued from 8 april 2014 but not everything is as simple as stop serving on billions of machines using windows XP as the main operational system. Many corporations that hold service terminals, would have to spend enormous mount of money to update their computers to the new required level.
However, there is a hack that allows users to continue to get security updates for Windows XP for another 5 years, till April 2019. This is possible thanks to the Microsoft project called Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 This OS was released in 2009 and based on XP service pack 3. The POSReady was specially designed for POS terminals, kiosks, ATMs, etc. Normal users cannot install this update on personal machine, but there is workaround.
Open new file in notepad or other your favorite text editor and insert following three lines:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Save the file with ‘.reg’ extension and run it as administrator. After this is done, if you run Windows Update, it will find several updates.
Well done! but… there is something you should consider. Late Monday Microsoft has released the following statement:
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 Windows 8.1.