Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in April of this year meaning no more security updates or OS patches. Despite the end of support Windows XP is still incredibly popular in the business sector such as on company PCs and even on ATMs, the latest figures suggest about 25% of PCs worldwide run XP. This high usage means that there is still an interest in making XP work, so it isn’t surprising that the Windows community is working on updating XP itself and there are even plans for an unofficial service pack 4.
Windows XP’s “Unofficial” Service Pack 4 will be developed by Ryan VanderMeulen who has a long track record of releasing fixes for Windows operating systems. The unofficial service pack includes many updates for Microsoft POSReady 2009, which is essentially the embedded version of Windows XP, as well as some custom updates and tweaks.
“Windows XP Unofficial SP4 is a cumulative update rollup for Windows XP (x86). It can be applied to a live Windows XP system which has SP1, at minimum, installed or it can be slipstreamed (integrated) in any Windows XP installation media,” the developer says in the description of its pack….It includes updates for most Windows XP components, including MCE and Tablet PC. Request-only hotfixes have been included. Currently, Microsoft .NET Frameworks 4.0, 3.5, 1.1 and 1.0 (Tablet PC only) are included in the Windows XP SP4 package. You can also scan for POSReady updates, because the POSReady trick has been included. In addition, all post-eol updates for .NET Framework 1.1, 3.5 and 4.0 until May 2014 have been included.” States the developer Ryan VanderMeulen.
The unofficial Windows XP update project isn’t new, it has been in the works since late 2013, though it has only started to gain popularity and recognition since Microsoft ended support in April. Unofficial patches have been rolled out in May, June, July and August so far. You can download the unofficial Service Pack 4 here.
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