Get updates for Windows XP until 2019

Okay, this is something that isn’t supported by Microsoft in any way and they might close this workaround in the near future.

After more than 12 years, Microsoft stopped the support for Windows XP. But for companies that were unavailable to upgrade to a later OS were given the option to get updates until 9th of April 2019, in exchange for hefty fee.

To get the updates, you must trick Windows XP into thinking the OS is Windows Embedded POSReady 2009. Since these updates are based on Windows XP SP3 they are the same that should have been deployed to Windows XP SP3, if it was still supported.

What you need to do to achieve this, open regedit as administrator and browse to:
HKLM\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady

The key PosReady might need to be created.
Under PosReay, create a new DWORD, name it to “installed” and give it a value of 1.

The restart the computer and you should see just above 100 available updates.

Even though this works at the moment, I still recommend that you upgrade to a later OS fo security reasons. A lot has been updated in Windows 7 for example, and even more in Windows 8.
Also, as mentioned earlier, Microsoft might shut this workaround down in the near future without warning!

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4 Responses to Get updates for Windows XP until 2019

  1. Hammad says:

    I think Microsoft should support atleast Windows XP forever because it’s the one that is the kickstarter of Microsoft’s success. I just hate those companies that stop support for their products without caring about those people who paid $$% for their products and don’t know how to resolve any issue with that product.

    • admin says:

      To some part I agree with you, but there is still the issue with security. Still supporting XP today would generate a great load of work for developers at MS and this is not poffitable since there is no regular income on an OS, I mean you pay once and not monthly. To keep XP “safe” you would more or less need to rewrite the entire kernal.

      But since Windows 8 this has changed, the upgrade keys for around $30, Windows 7 -> Windows 8, and the way it looks now with Windows 10 becoming a free update, it is going in the right direction for consumers who bought a computer that was pre-installed with an OS.

      • Hammad says:

        You’re right, but I think MS should does a major upgrade in Windows XP and also if it adds some new features in this Windows version, it can survive.

        Are you sure Windows 10 is going to be free? I’ve heard that MS has now intentions to charge for it. any idea?

        • admin says:

          The last thing I heard was that it should be a free upgrade if you have a license for Windows 8.1 (Including license for Windows 8).
          But after some more research, should be noted that there is no official say on this from MS, it looks like there will be two “versions”.

          The one that is free for consumers, will require that you update when MS says it’s time to update to, lets say to 10.1 and so on when released.

          The second version is for Enterprise users, the initial update to 10 will be free, but the same rules apply here, when the update to 10.1 is released, you must update!
          Here is the chance for MS to earn some money though, by offering a paid version that doesn’t require you to update immediately to the next version.

          And to make clear, this is just speculations, so this might change!

          When it comes to XP, I still think it’s dead though. Windows 7 has proven to be just as stable as XP was according to me, there is no major training required for the users in the change of OS, it’s much more secure and most of all, lighter than XP. So even if it’s a “new” OS, it performs great on older computers that has been running XP before.

          The main problem I can see, is that the manufactures of hardware hasn’t jumped on the train, supplying new drivers and firmware.
          Today this isn’t a really big thing, since drivers that are designed for Windows 7 generally work on Windows 8 and 8.1 as well.

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