Receive Security Updates for End-of-Life Windows XP

As you might know many organisations buy thinclients, for example from HP. These devices are also being called embedded systems, just a Windows XP SP3 with another name.


Basically Microsoft has handed out a sheet with all the End-of-Life data about all their products. Support for Windows XP has been stopped mainstream support a month ago but the strange thing is that the Windows Embedded Systems (2009 and POSready) will receive extended support (security patches) until 2019

The URL and sheet here:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/product-lifecycles.aspx



Nice, so what?


If you change your registry with the following key it means you trick the Windows Update engine and will receive the Embedded Systems 2009 / POSready security updates within your Windows XP. Please note: only x86 systems are supported.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady]
"Installed"=dword:00000001


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