Posts Tagged ‘XP’

Registry hack enables continued updates for Windows XP

May 31, 2014

http://www.zdnet.com/registry-hack-enables-continued-updates-for-windows-xp-7000029851/

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
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady]
“Installed”=dword:00000001

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.

How to fix a problem where you can’t see other computers on the network

August 17, 2009

How to fix a problem where you can’t see other computers on the network
If your XP computer can’t view other computers in your workgroup, but you can ping other computers and they can ping you, you may be able to fix the problem by editing the registry. As always, be sure to back up the registry before you make changes to it. Then follow these steps:

  1. Click Start | Run
  2. In the Run box, type regedit to start the registry editor
  3. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Services \ NetBt \ Parameters
  4. In the right details pane, find the values named NodeType and DhcpNodeType and delete them
  5. Close the registry editor and restart the computer.