Your Windows XP machine might be getting aged, which means the problems that no computer users want to experience. But, do you know that with just a simple registry hack you can get your aging XP machine to be up and working for the next years with official Microsoft updates? However, this is naturally being discouraged by Microsoft.
After ending its support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014; Microsoft has taken to promote the other operating systems over XP. While Windows XP remained passive for most; multinational corporate or government agencies received undivided support from Microsoft till the time a zero-day vulnerability was discovered. Until, that was fixed too.
Reading through this article, you will get to know about the key steps that will help you use Windows XP for five more years. Given under are those first few steps.
STEP 1. Click and open “regedit”
STEP 2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\
STEP 3. Create a new key called PosReady and right click the new key
STEP 4. Add a new DWORD with the value1
STEP 5. Update your Windows XP, according to your preference.
The steps to unlock Windows updates for XP are quite easy, and don’t require you to be highly technical. This is done to enable the POSReady computer system on your computer. POSReady stands for point-of-sales cash registers. It is a variant of Windows XP, which was released back in 2009. It is said to be supported until April, 2019.
However, everything boils down to the question: Should you use Windows XP for five more years?
To be honest, it is solely up to you. Like mentioned above, Windows Embedded POSReady is similar to Windows XP. Therefore, it doesn’t make much difference. However, these POSReady updates will definitely get you unaccountable updates. But at what cost, really? On the one hand, Microsoft is hell bent on getting all its users to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8; which does make sense due to the given advancements.
Other than that, the risks of facing security issues from exploits prevail in the market. Adding to that are the chances of the updates that will make your system unbootable. If money seems to be the only cause of your worry to stick it to the XP System, then there are many alternatives that you can try out such as Linux. However, risking it all just for the thrill of it is nothing but stupidity. At the same time, it is important to note here that if you use the hack, your XP machine is also not going to be safe from exploits.
Concluding, I just want to bring into your notice what Microsoft said regarding XP:
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.