If you’re still on Windows XP (gasp) and are fretting over Microsoft’s discontinued support of XP, there is now a way for XP users to receive official MS security updates. All it involves is modifying the registry to make your system appear as a Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 system, which runs off the same OS kernel as Windows XP. As Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 has official support from Microsoft until April 9, 2019, Windows XP users can unofficially get security updates for another five years!
To make this registry change, you can create a .reg file with the following contents below and execute it.
[box]Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Once done, the Microsoft Update website will be fooled into believing that your XP system is a POSReady system, making the latest updates available.
Thanks to ZDNet for reporting this. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft has issued a statement about the “hack” in that it is completely unsupported and that users are better off upgrading to Windows 8.1 instead. No word on if Microsoft will do anything to counter this hack, but for the time-being, XP users can gain access to the latest security updates for Windows Embedded.