It’s one thing to step in and take action to remedy a pervasive bug that is found right after sunsetting an OS like XP. I get that, I do. But since Microsoft has a long-term support deal with government agencies and some large enterprises (like banks), we know that support will continued for another 5 years. Nearly 12 years after the fact, the software is still susceptible and targeted.
And the general public? Apparently, if you’re running a 32-bit instance of XP and can follow simple instructions, you’ll keep getting support as well.
Step 1: You will need to make a plain text document, and add this info:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady]
Save the above as: xp.reg
Step 2: Double-click this newly-created file, and the contents will be added to the registry.
OK, now the hard part. Just kidding, that’s it. Once you have this new registry file added, you’ll be able to get these very secret updates on your Windows XP computer… sigh.
Interestingly enough, all that MS has said was something along the lines of “That doesn’t truly/completely protect you: don’t download it!”