Can you still update XP? Maybe..

RIP WIN XP
RIP WIN XP

RIP WIN XP

There are several versions of  Windows XP with the most common of course the consumer or business version. There are also versions for retail POS (Point of Sale) systems, banking ATMS, embedded XP for thin clients to connect to remote desktops and Citrix and others. Only the consumer version ended support in April of this year. The others have various dates, some as long as April 2019, that will continue to get updates from Microsoft. You can review the versions at this link if you’d like.  ZDNet wrote an article also talking about the end dates for the various versions. You can read that article here.

I’d also like to take a moment to point out though that you have to be careful about where you get your information, because there are many people in this field (blogging) that are not technically inclined and simply rehash what they read. My postings generally tell you the story, and point you to well written articles for reference, because why rehash and say the same things? However, I am in this field (IT and Security) and I know the difference between crap and good information. Here is an example of crap information, published on a well known computer related website (PC World). The author clearly didn’t do his research. If you don’t think I’ve done mine, follow all the links referenced in this posting and educate yourself, you will find I’m right about the things I post about.

One little hack that you might be interested in regarding Windows XP at home can be found here (this is for XP 32 bit version only) so that you can continue getting updates until 2019. However, I suggest, as does that article referenced, that if you choose to use this route, it is used very short term as an emergency. There is no telling if you will stay protected, and even worse, an update intended for one version will make your version useless. So think hard before hacking your XP, but the choice is yours. If you have the 64 bit version of XP, you can read this article and near the bottom gives accurate instructions on how to edit the registry to accommodate these hacks.

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