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Registry hack enables continued updates for Windows XP

May 31, 2014

As reported by Wayne Williams at Betanews and confirmed by us, a simple registry hack to a Windows XP system tricks Windows Update into providing updates for it.

Williams says that the hack, included just below, makes the system look like Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 which will continue to receive updated until April 9, 2019.

To apply the hack, create a text file with a .reg extension and the contents below:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

Run it by double-clicking in Windows Explorer.

This specific hack works only on 32-bit systems, but a 64-bit workaround is available at this page, which may have been Williams’s source for the 32-bit hack.

[UPDATE:] Late Monday we received a statement from a Microsoft spokesperson:

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.

Back up your iTunes library by copying to an external hard drive

February 15, 2012

Blue Screen of Death Codes

February 9, 2012

Windows XP

Windows Vista / 7

View BSOD Dump Files

Who Crashed – BSOD Dump File Analyzer

Microsoft Posts a Fix for Duqu Zero-Day Trojan

November 6, 2011

Direct link to Microsoft FixIt for this issue.

Disable Windows Update’s Automatic Restart

October 11, 2011


This Registry tweak lets you turn off Windows Update’s automatic restart.Windows Update is one of the best tools your system has. It’s also one of the most annoying tools, as it can frequently download and install updates on your behalf. Although that’s great for security, the problem is that the installation routine sometimes pushes an automatic computer restart once it’s done. If you aren’t paying attention (or if you’re busy goofing off with your friends in a game, for example), there goes your session.

Disable Windows’ post-update automatic restart by navigating to the following key in the Registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows. Once there, right-click the Windows key and select the option to create a new key. Enter WindowsUpdate for the name. Repeat the process for the WindowsUpdate key, but create a new key called AU. Your hierarchy should now look like this: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU.

Click the AU key, and then right-click in the sidebar window on the right and create a new DWORD. Enter NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers as the name for the DWORD, and then double-click it and change its value from 0 to 1.

How to network XP and Mac OS X

August 17, 2011

Via WXPNews

Make sure you know the local IP addresses assigned to both the XP and Mac computers (for XP, go to Start | Run and type cmd, then type ipconfig. For OS X, go to Applications | Utilities | Terminal (run app) and type (for wired): ipconfig getifaddr en0 or (for wireless): ipconfig getifaddr en1

  1. Make sure the XP user account has a password set.
  2. Put the Mac in the same workgroup as the XP machine. On the Mac, go to Applications | Utilities | Directory Access and open Directory Access. Click the icon in the left bottom corner to make changes. Enter your password. Make sure SMB checkbox is checked. Click SMB and Configure, and enter the name of the Windows workgroup.
  3. Make sure you have a shared folder on the XP computer.
  4. On the Mac desktop, go to the Finder menu and click Go | Connect to Server.
  5. In the Server Address box, type in smb:///
  6. In the Workgroup/Domain box, type in the name of the XP PC.
  7. In the Username and Password boxes, type in the credentials for the account with which you’re logged onto the XP computer. Click OK.  This will mount the shared folder as a network drive on the Mac desktop and you can access its files.

The Emergency Recovery Utility NT – Backup the Entire Registry

June 14, 2011

How to install IPv6 on Windows XP

May 7, 2011
  1. Click Start | All Programs | Accessories | Command Prompt or click Start | Run and in the Run box, type cmd
  2. At the command prompt, type netsh int ipv6 install
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Close the command prompt window.
  5. Restart the computer.

This information courtesy of Win XP News.

Speed Up Windows XP Shutdown with User Hive Profile Cleanup Service

February 3, 2011

Microsoft .Net Framework Setup Verification Utility

November 10, 2010