Updating to xp

The beauty of the two systems being so interlinked is that updates designed for one system should work on the other.

As discovered on Beta News, tricking your home edition of XP into thinking its Windows Embedded POSReady means you get updates for the next five years.

Important system files and the Registry will be backed up.

We'll show you how to do that in this article, but first a couple of words of warning.First, there's no guarantee that this trick will keep working and the loophole could be shut down.To create the file, you'll need to be able to view file extensions, so open Windows Explorer (the file browser) click Tools, Folder Options.Click the View tab and remove the tick from the 'Hide extensions for known file types' box.Seconly, Microsoft has stated that using this trick may not work as expected, and updates could in fact break the home edition of XP.

Of course, the company has a vested interest in that, but that doesn't mean you should ignore what it's saying. Microsoft's 8 April support deadline has been and gone and the final security updates for Windows XP have now been released.Worryingly, these updates fixed two critical security flaws that would have allowed hackers to remotely execute code.A file is just a text file that contains instructions on how to modify the Registry Double-click and click Yes when you're asked if you want to include this information in the Registry.Click OK when you get the confirmation message and you're done.As many companies have found to their cost, installing security updates can be the difference between a working PC and a desk-sized paperweight.