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Giblets: Windows XP gets an unofficial 4th service pack

If you still haven’t ditched Windows XP – and really, you should – you might be interested to know that some generous souls on the Internet have compiled what is essentially a new service pack for the antiquated operating system.

It’s a compilation of various hotfixes and updates that have been released since SP3, including some for .NET. While Microsoft officially stopped rolling out updates for XP back in April of this year, they are continuing to support their POSReady systems which are compatible with the XP base. This new patch includes a hack which will allow POSReady updates to be installed indefinitely.

The good news is that it can be applied on installs that are still running SP1, but this comes at the price of a much beefier download: 827MB for the whole package. You can get it here, but it would be irresponsible of us not to issue the disclaimer that upgrading your OS is better than hacking an old, unsupported one. Have fun, but use at your own risk.

  • Wesley Fick

    I sometimes wonder if the bright sparks who thought up the term “Point of Sale” ever stopped to wonder what “POS” might also mean, because that’s always the first thing I think of when seeing these weird machines.

  • Christopher Hart

    I wonder why people are still using that grand father equivalent of a OS. Why not switch to Linux or get newer hardware

    • Delano

      A common problem I encounter is that small companies are running custom-made software – often accounting or point of sales systems – which refuses to run on anything but XP. Having to migrate to a new system and learn it from scratch will stagnate their turnover, but they’re still just delaying the inevitable.

    • Wesley Fick

      Some software literally NEEDS to be run on XP. I had to fix an accounting system at one time that wouldn’t work properly and I eventually discovered that it wouldn’t work properly in a virtual machine.

      There are entire banking systems that rely on Windows XP Compact Embedded and they cannot ever be allowed to remain vulnerable.


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