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Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP 322

Posted by samzenpus
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DroidJason1 (3589319) writes "A registry workaround, which tricks Windows Update into thinking you are running Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, allows you to get free security updates until 2019. All you need is a simple 32bit or 64bit registry entry in order to make this work. POSReady 2009 is slated to receive security updates for another five years. Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8th of 2014."
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Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

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  • Get it while it's good. There's quite a few critical security updates.
  • by ArcadeMan (2766669) on Monday May 26, 2014 @02:27PM (#47093703)

    There's something called "Windows Embedded Piece Of Shit Ready 2009"?

    • This is forced by "Truth in Advertising" laws.

    • Yep. They also have POSfor.NET library for interfacing with barcode scanners, scales, and receipt printers. Suffice to say it is also a huge, unreliable Piece Of Shit.

  • and who dont have a support contract (example medical and banks) the kinds of people who actually do updates anyway? or are they most likely pirated versions of XP?? also if one did this on a legal version of windows, would microsoft consider it a breech of the TOS? I havent been using XP in a number of years now but im not sure how useful this registry hack is going to be in real world scenarios
    • I develop on Linux, and for when I need Windows I use XP in a virtual machine. Plenty good enough for only runnign an IDE. Today I had to touch Win7 for the first time because one of my apps wouldn't install. It felt like being raped by Fisher Price.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Yes.

      Because driver support for things like musical equipment and old SCSI devices often didn't get updated or supported after XP.

      I have a fairly expensive SCSI scanner that can handle poster sized sheets but the only software I can find for it runs in XP. I have 3 Windows 7 boxes and one XP, and I'll keep running XP until I can get all my devices off it (MIDI controllers, instrument packages, old scanner, etc)

      It's not my fault these old components have no driver upgrade path, so I'm stuck with one XP box pr

  • Security risk? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by erice (13380) on Monday May 26, 2014 @02:50PM (#47093883) Homepage

    Point of Sale systems usually operate under more controlled conditions than end user machines. Would these updates keep your XP machine plausibly secure or highly vulnerable to threats not considered serious to point of sale systems? What about vulnerabilities in components not present in POSReady 2009 but used in XP?

  • Yeah not quite... (Score:5, Informative)

    by craznar (710808) on Monday May 26, 2014 @02:59PM (#47093963) Homepage

    As someone who works with POS Ready 2009 a lot (I write Point of Sale Software), the catch with this idea is that many (a great many) of the components in normal XP just don't exist in POSReady.

    SO you may, or may not get updates for some parts of your OS - because Microsoft will not be writing updates for the rest.

  • by The Mysterious Dr. X (1502541) on Monday May 26, 2014 @03:06PM (#47094015)
    "This patch removes an exploit that caused some machines running Windows XP to apply updates for other operating systems. To learn more about the update, read this knowledge base article..."
  • POSReady 2009 combines the power and familiarity of Windows XP Professional with a smaller footprint and specific features for point of service (POS) computers.

    Smaller footprint means fewer files. What ever is cut out of POSReady won't have any issues fixed.

    • by drinkypoo (153816)

      Smaller footprint means fewer files. What ever is cut out of POSReady won't have any issues fixed.

      OK, let's figure out which parts those are, so we can not use them, and replace them with OSS alternatives. Some of us need XP for various applications for which there are no replacements.

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