Registry hack gives Windows XP five more years of updates

Adeyemi Caleb's Blog

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Not ready to give up on Windows XP just yet? Then here’s some good news. It looks like you can score yourself five more years of Windows updates with about 15 seconds worth of work. All it takes is a simple registry edit.

Fire up regedit and navigate to HKLMSytemWPA and create a new key call 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. 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. Clearly, however, its codebase is similar enough to XP that you can install the updates‘ on a “disguised”…

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