If you're one of million's of computers users who refuse to let go of Windows XP despite Microsoft discontinuing its support for the aged 13 year old operating system. There is some good news,you can still receive security updates,but there is a catch. With a simple hack you can trick Microsoft into delivering patches,this can support some components of the operating system until 2019.
There is no guarantee that those patches will protect Windows XP computers against cyber hacks exploits.
The hack has been circulated since last week,first it was discussed in a German based chat forum,then news of the hack quickly spread all over the Internet that Microsoft Update service can be fooled into believing that the PC is running close relation of XP ,called "Windows Embedded POSReady 2009".
Unlike Windows XP,which you all know was retired from receiving any security update support this past April and no longer receives patches of any sorts,Embedded POSReady 2009 is due patches up until 2019. The Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 is a variant of XP that's used in ATM machines and point of service cash registers.
Here's how to hack operates,all XP users need to do is create a text file with the following contents:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Then you would have to change the file from "txt" to "reg" and then run the file in Windows Explorer.Opening Windows Update at this point should reveal some brand new security updates.
The downside to this is the hack will only work on a 32-bit system. There is a workaround for 64-bit machines,but it involves manually downloading update files from Microsoft's website and you must tweak it so that Microsoft doesn't block installation.
Now I have tried this hack on a old Windows XP laptop,to my surprise it actually works,everything updates including Internet Explorer and so far the patched updates are stable.
I might add once again this Windows XP update hack will not guarantee you full protection from hacks looking to exploit your machine,my advice would be to stay clear away from using IE and stick with Google Chrome and FireFox web browsers.And most importantly,don't do any money transactions that entitles using your credit card information.
Once again Windows XP saves itself from total elimination and lives on.