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Windows XP PowerToys available for download

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I’ve collected most of the Windows XP PowerToys over the years i would like to share them here:
ClearType
CmdHere
Deskman
HTML SlideShow
Image Resizer
Magnifier
Power Calculator
RAW Viewer
Slideshow PowerToy
Sync Toy
TaskSwitch
TimerShot PowerToy
The famous TweakUI
WinColor
Report Any problems if you find 😉

Windows Update is shutting down for NT5.x on July 19,2019: What now?

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Recently while reading the news i saw this:

“It is understood that users will have until 19 July 2019 to apply the last updates, before the whole update system is switched off, not least of all because it doesn’t meet modern Windows Update security criteria”
From here.

It means that anyone wanting to update their NT5.x based systems won’t be able to because they will have shutdown the update servers. It’s going to be harder to update them because of this. Back in 2009 Microsoft decided to shutdown the update servers for Windows 95 and in 2011 for Windows 98 and Millennium Edition. My guess about 98/Me servers shutdown is because that same year Office XP support ended, and since it was the last Office version to run on those OSes. Same situation for Windows 95. Office 2000 support ended in 2009 so yeah makes sense. Although it doesn’t makes sense on shutting down the XP/Server 2003 update servers since Office 2010(last version to run on them) is still supported until October 13, 2020. Since i told about this at MSFN, XP users have started making backups encase they delete the updates from the Catalog. Soon we might expect an (un)official service pack that contains all updates in all languages.

While Microsoft ended support for POSReady 2009, they left broken updates!

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April 9th was the day when the last version of Windows XP support ended. Yes it’s really sad for all of us XP users, but wait! They ended support with a broken update KB4494528! This update resolves an issue when “You receive an Error 1309 message when you install an .msi file on Windows Embedded POSReady 2009”
Quote by Heinoganda:

Since KB2918614 from August 11, 2014, the update deleted various entries in the installation file (update_SP3QFE.inf). These have led to the problem of not recognizing the existing MSI version and to the current problem of unregistered msi.dll.
The following entries are missing in the file update_SP3QFE.inf: 

[Prerequisite]
condition=CompositeOp,AndOp,MsiPrereq.Section

[ProcessesToRun]
“%systemroot%\system32\spupdsvc.exe /install”

[ProcessesToRunBeforeUninstall]
%systemroot%\system32\spupdsvc.exe /install
“%windir%\system32\regsvr32.exe /s /u %windir%\system32\msi.dll”

[ProcessesToRunAfterUninstallReboot.RebootNotRequired]
“%windir%\system32\regsvr32.exe /s %windir%\system32\msi.dll”

[ProcessesToRunAfterReboot.RebootNotRequired]
“%windir%\system32\regsvr32.exe /s %windir%\system32\msi.dll”

[Msidll.Present.Section]
PresentOp=CheckFilever,system32.Files,msi.dll

[Msidll.AndOp.Section]
GreatOrEqualOp=CheckFilever,system32.Files,msi.dll,”>=”,4.5.6001.22159
LessOrEqualOp=CheckFilever,system32.Files,msi.dll,”<=",4.5.6002.24556 [MsiPrereq.Section] SingleOp=Msidll.Present.Section AndOp=Msidll.AndOp.Section Display_String="This fix only installs over MSI 4.5"

The file spupdsvc.exe is also missing in KB4494528.

The easiest way to fix this is by registering the following 3 files:
Click Windows Key Start, then Run, type or copy/paste cmd into the textbox and click OK or Enter.

copy and paste the following code to the Command Prompt

regsvr32 MSI.DLL
regsvr32 MSIHND.DLL
regsvr32 MSISIP.DLL

This fix was made by roytam1, so credit to him 🙂
Make sure to right click and then paste:

You’re all done! 😉
About Office 2010. They made 1 broken update that prevents Office from running on Windows XP,KB4462223. This have been an issue since November and they never fixed it, rather let’s say they released another update that does the same issue as the previous one did. For example:

EDIT: I have recently made an easy fix for this solution. backup your working MSO.DLL from C:\Program Files\Common Files\OFFICE14. After you’ve done it, install the broken update. If you successfully installed it go back to the folder where MSO.DLL is located and place your backed one in it. Confirm to override the broken one and office should be working again!

It’s really sad that Windows XP support has ended FOR REAL this time 🙁 We hope there will be (Un)official updates that will fix MS’s left mess 🙂

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