If you’re an XP user, or know some XP users, there’s a trick which makes it possible to receive security updates for the aging OS for another five years -- right up until April 2019.
The workaround makes use of updates for Windows Embedded Industry (formerly known as Windows Embedded POSReady).
Other updates correct errors unrelated to security, or enhance functionality.
Microsoft routinely releases security updates on the second Tuesday of each month (Patch Tuesday), but can provide them whenever a new update is urgently required to prevent a newly discovered or prevalent exploit targeting Windows users.
If you are also facing the same problem, then follow these simple steps and your problem should be solved: 1.
Enables the detection, download, and installation of updates for Windows and other programs.
You can’t simply install the updates -- that would be too easy -- and you’ll receive a version mismatch error if you try. If it’s not showing up as a registry file, open any folder, go to Tools Save it, and then double-click the file. This trick only works for 32-bit editions of XP, but there’s a workaround for 64-bit versions here.Naturally, there’s no way of knowing how long this trick will work -- Microsoft could put a stop to it at any moment.Also, because you’re installing updates for a system other than Windows XP, there’s the possibility that not all updates will work as intended. System administrators can configure Windows Update to install critical updates automatically so long as the computer has an Internet mobile connection, without the user needing to install them manually, or even be aware that an update is required.Windows Vista and later provide a Control Panel to configure update settings and check for updates.Businesses, governments and individuals in 74 countries across the globe have been victims of more than 45,000 attacks by this one strain of ransomware in the space of just a few hours.