Archive for May, 2019
I often hear questions from people asking “How do i make Windows Update working on XP?, I cannot update XP help!, Unable to access Windows Update under XP,” etc, etc. I have a perfect solution for this. First if your install is fresh and your offline download the following needed files:
Windows Genuine Advantage Validation v188.8.131.52(KB892130)
Permanent copy of the Package Installer for Windows (KB898461)
Windows Installer 4.5 (KB942288)
The Dec 2013 Security Update for Windows Internet Explorer 6
Windows Update agent 7.6 x86
You will have to install all of them in this order. Unfortunately the default settings in Windows XP have SSL2 turned on, which won’t allow Windows Update use TLS. It is also recommended to turn off SSL3.0 as it is considered insecure.
To change this, click Start, Windows Key, then Run, type or copy/paste inetcpl.cpl into the textbox and click OK.
Go to the Advanced tab, scroll down to the bottom of the list, uncheck Use SSL 2.0, Use SSL 3.0 and verify that Use TLS 1.0 is checked. Then click OK.
Don’t forget to disable Automatic updates as they aren’t needed right now
Now Windows Update is working. If you have other Microsoft Products for example Microsoft Office click “Get Microsoft Update today!”
Click “Custom” instead of “Express”. If you receive this message click Yes
Now after it searched for updates, scroll down and find KB2934207, uncheck it and hide it. It’s not needed at all. Go to Software. Optional and check everything that is marked in the image below
The other ones not marked are optional. If you want them, select them too. Now that go to “Install Updates (xxx)”
And click “Install Updates”
Based on how your internet is fast it will download updates and install them. If this comes up, click “Next”
Accept the license agreement.
Wait a few seconds or minutes until it installs. After installing uncheck “Show me some of many benefits of using genuine software when I click Finish(Online)”
After updates installed reboot the computer and go back to Windows Update again. Install “Microsoft .NET 4 Client profile”. When that’s done reboot if asked and go back to Windows Update ONCE again and install all the left updates. Please note it can take hours to install .NET Framework updates depending on your computer’s and Internet speed. After you installed all of them it’s time for POSReady 2009 updates! First, before making the registry change below, you should download and install Microsoft’s updated Windows Installer 4.5 (KB942288-v3) from THIS LINK for Windows XP 32-bit, which is what we assume you have. (The MS article that explains this updated installer is HERE.) Make sure”Windows…” line and has two blank lines after the line that ends in “00000001”
Rename the file POSReady.txt to POSReady.reg, right-click on it, select “Merge”, then “Yes”.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady] "Installed"=dword:00000001
Install KB4316682 and follow this link to get TLS 1.2 support so Windows Update will work after applying the trick. Go back to Windows Update once again and install all left updates, again this may take a while depending on your computer or internet speed. That’s it! You have successfully update to Windows XP until the offcial, (un)offcial support ended.
This post is valid until June 19, 2019 . After that date it may no longer work
I’ve collected most of the Windows XP PowerToys over the years i would like to share them here:
The famous TweakUI
Report Any problems if you find 😉
Since Java 8 Update 161/162 they broke the installers to prevent it to install on XP x86 (x64 is not affected) Well, I found a great solution for this problem to be solved!
If you don’t have Java already installed on your machine Download it. Please ignore this when installing it:
After you finished installing it download and extract it. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Java and we will have jre1.8.0_152 in there.
Go to your extracted jre1.8.0_212 folder and copy everything what is in it to the jre1.8.0_152 folder and confirming to override everything. After you’ve done it you can check if Java is working in “About Java”
NOTE: Java updates DO NOT work on XP since they broke it in Java 8 Update 161/162 and never fixed it! I will try my best to update the download links of this post when a new Java update is available.
On May 14, 2019 Microsoft released one new security update for XP/Server 2003 to patch”a critical remote code execution vulnerability”KB4500331 It’s the first ever official update for them(without any tweaks/tricks) since 2017! This is like Wanna-cry but without any damage yet! You can read more about it. From the article:
Given the potential impact to customers and their businesses, we made the decision to make security updates available for platforms that are no longer in mainstream support (see download links in the following table). These updates are available from the Microsoft Update Catalog only. We recommend that customers running one of these operating systems download and install the update as soon as possible
So yeah, one more update to the XP update basket.