Windows XP Service Pack 4 Incoming, Unofficial Download Already Available
Windows XP is no longer receiving official security support from Microsoft since early April, but it seems that there are developers who are interested in releasing an unofficial security package for those who’re still using the software.
Back in September 2013, work on the “Unofficial Service Pack 4” has been kickstarted by a team of independent developers, lead by Harkaz, who is acquainted with developing large pack of fixes for Windows. This new unofficial service pack includes all previously released updates for Windows XP 32-bit, as well as POSReady 2009 updates launched by Microsoft after the April 2014 retirement date, according to Softpedia.
The developer says taht POSReady 2009 fixes are fully compatible with Windows XP installations. However, don’t expect the same level of protection as Microsoft’s own updates. After all, we’re talking about an unofficial service pack, in case you were hoping Microsoft has changed its mind. Here’s how the description of the pack sounds like:
“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.
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.”
The developer rolled out updates in May, June, July, and the most recent one was released in August. Here’s what he said this past Sunday:
“August 2014 ported-to-XP updates have been uploaded. Bulletin revised to remove Download Center links for Microsoft security update 2982791. Microsoft recommends that customers uninstall this update. For this reason I decided not to upload this update.”
Harkaz also said that he has already started working on the SP4 RC build. He said that he decided to include POSReady 2009 patches because it uses almost the same binaries with Windows XP x86. But there will be two final versions of SP4: one with all updates until including May 2014 and one with all updates + the latest POSReady patches included.
So, in case you’re still using Windows XP and you don’t mind getting a service pack from somebody else than Microsoft, you can go ahead and follow this download link to get it.