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#1 wevsspot

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 12:01 PM

If for some reason you just have to keep running a Windows XP machine and would like to continue receiving at least some patches and updates;

 

I have an old server at home that I use for FTP and VOIP still running XP.  I wasn’t thrilled about spending money on it to upgrade the OS but I didn’t want it to run completely un-patched either.

 

I’ve used this trick on that machine and can confirm that it works as intended without any negative results.

 

Create a text file using notepad and give the file a .reg extension

 

Use the contents below in the text file:

 

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady]

"Installed"=dword:00000001

 

Save the file

 

Double click on the file from the saved location

 

When asked if you want to save changes to the registry select yes

 

Reboot

 

Run Windows Update

 

 

 

If you are running Microsoft Security Essentials you will still get a red flag notification about Operating System Support has ended.  If you don't want to see the notification you can click to close out of it or alternatively use another AV solution.


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Posted 05 June 2014 - 02:44 PM

Could you explain how this works, I would have assumed that Microsoft has ceased development of patches?

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 03:41 PM

Windows has a Server os that is XP like.... it gets updates for another 5 years or so... so the hack tricks win-update into thinking this is the win-server


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Posted 05 June 2014 - 04:59 PM

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady]

"Installed"=dword:00000001

Do you copy all of the above into the text file or just the last 2 lines ?

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 11:09 PM

The last 2 will work just fine.

I would encourage anyone running XP to upgrade though...

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 06:30 AM

The last 2 will work just fine.

I would encourage anyone running XP to upgrade though...


I agree, upgrade if you do any online work, I just use my old P4 rig for a server to my tv for movies and such.

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 06:51 AM

The last 2 will work just fine.

I would encourage anyone running XP to upgrade though...

 

Some of us are employed in the private sector and don't have as much discretionary income  :)


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Posted 06 June 2014 - 09:15 PM

The private sector is more lucrative, I promise. :lol: :cheers:

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 04:46 PM

I am going to try this to a couple of older dual core rigs for my roomates to use. I may also try to clone thier drives and just reinstall vista business too. Which ever way I go they wont exactly be hp's anymore lol

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:13 PM

 

The last 2 will work just fine.

I would encourage anyone running XP to upgrade though...

 

Some of us are employed in the private sector and don't have as much discretionary income   :)

 

A copy of Windows would be the least expensive part of any build outside of cooling.


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Posted 07 June 2014 - 08:11 PM

The last 2 will work just fine.

I would encourage anyone running XP to upgrade though...

 
Some of us are employed in the private sector and don't have as much discretionary income   :)

A copy of Windows would be the least expensive part of any build outside of cooling.


On a budget build windows would be the most costly piece.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 08:21 PM

 

 

 

The last 2 will work just fine.

I would encourage anyone running XP to upgrade though...

 
Some of us are employed in the private sector and don't have as much discretionary income   :)

 

A copy of Windows would be the least expensive part of any build outside of cooling.

 


On a budget build windows would be the most costly piece.

 

Windows costs less than $100. Even budget build components are generally $100+


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