Windows XP Is Still Alive With Unofficial Service Packs
The decision to stop support for Windows XP caused an uproar across the world, especially by those people who had machines which could not update to any later operating system. The 12-year-old OS had seen kids playing Mario grow up to become graduates, and users, especially the elderly were comfortable with the operating system significantly.
But the good news is that a Greece-based developer is now preparing to release an unofficial service pack for Windows XP for the general market. The project is named “Unofficial Service Pack 4,” which combines all the official updates from Microsoft into a single package.
Right now, the Unofficial SP4 is available in the third beta version, and looking forward to be finalized in a release: confirmed by the fact that work on the system’s RC build has already been started.
The developer, Harkaz, claims that the Windows XP Unofficial SP4 is a “cumulative update rollup” for Windows XP x86. It can be installed to any live Windows XP system which has at least SP1 installed on it already.
“Many users — including me — who won’t be able to upgrade their old machines to a newer OS would like to easily install all Windows updates in one convenient package,” Harkaz said. “For this reason, I started working on a Service Pack 4 package.”
The number of desktops running Windows XP still have a share of 24.82 per cent worldwide, where figures do slightly vary.
The software can be downloaded from Softpedia, where a description of the product says:
If you decide to install this service pack, keep in mind that it’s not related to Microsoft in any way and is just an unofficial release that might or might not help you protect a Windows XP computer against vulnerabilities found in the operating system.
Of course, Microsoft does not recommend anyone to install this, but such a service pack is clearly worth a shot if you’re still on Windows XP and you don’t plan to upgrade anytime soon.
The service pack contains updates for most components of Windows XP, including MCE and Tablet PC.
“You can also scan for POSReady updates, because the POSReady trick has been included,” Harkaz said. “In addition, all post-eol updates for .NET Framework 1.1, 3.5 and 4.0 until May 2014 have been included. The .NET 1.x, 3.5 versions are automatically installed/updated in live installations as well.”
Harkaz is not the only developer to have created an unofficial XP service pack. An Italian developer, Nonno fabio, has released its pack with an absurdly long title, Onepiece’s Windows XP Post-SP3 All-in-One QFE/LDR En-US Update Pack, updates of which are available from July 2014.
Microsoft had announced that even though it was ending the security updates for Windows XP, anti-malware signatures and engine updates will continue until 14 July, 2015.