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Unauthorized hack could extend the life of Windows XP

Unauthorized hack could extend the life of Windows XP

Some people just can't give up Windows XP, like these folks, and even the U.S. government. So much so that somebody's figured out a hack that, in the long run, could end up being useless and still expose its users to viruses and worse.

Let me explain.

A hack of Windows XP is making Microsoft's update service deliver patches intended for a very close relative of the old operating system. Instead of cutting off updates for XP, it could end up stretching out service until 2019, potentially.

But it's not clear that a tweaked XP will be protected from cybercriminals.

The operating system that XP is tweaked to receive is called POSReady 2009, which is really used for cash registers and ATMs.

Those patches will still be served to companies and governments that have paid Microsoft for XP support. Some people think, "Heck, this is a great way for me to keep my old XP machine that still works."

Next page: Find out if the XP hack is effective
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