As everybody knows that Microsoft has discontinued the official support for their very popular Windows XP operating system since April 2014. Windows XP is said to be the most popular software Microsoft has produced after their success with Windows 95. The 13 years old Windows XP is still used by millions of people all over the world, despite the fact that Microsoft does not support it anymore. Many of the ATM machines worldwide run on Windows XP operating system as well. After Microsoft stopped their official support in April this year, many people have moved to Linux and some have bought newer versions of Windows but there are some people who are still sticking with the Windows XP.
If you are one of those users who is finding it difficult to let go of your Windows XP PC, then there is some good news for you. An XP enthusiast has collected together many of the patches released after the official service pack 3 (SP3) and has released the collection as service pack 4 (SP4) for Windows XP.
Here is a list of things that this new unofficial SP4 can do for a Windows XP PC:
- It contains all the patches released by Microsoft since the official release of Windows XP SP3 in 2008.
- It contains all the patches released for the ATM versions of XP machines. Microsoft advises against installing these patches.
- It contains a registry hack to enable automatic updates in Windows XP through the update channel meant for Windows Server 2003 customers. Microsoft advised against installing these patches as well.
You can download the unofficial service pack 4 for Windows XP from the Google Drive account of the developer. The file size is a little more than 900 megabytes, so it may take a while on slower connections. But before you start installing this unofficial SP4 in your Windows XP machine, you should know that Microsoft does not support this and it may crash your PC or create even newer security holes (as these updates have not been tested on XP machines by Microsoft developers).
Personally, I feel that Windows XP is very old and it is time to move on to newer and more secure versions of the Windows operating system. But if you want to try out the XP SP4 anyway, then you can do it at your own risk.
You can download the unofficial Windows XP SP4 package from http://ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=133918#133918.