These companies pay Microsoft for that, usually because they were not able or willed to migrate computer's running Windows XP to another operating system before the extended support phase for the system ended.

There is another exception to the end of support rule: Windows Embedded Industry, formerly known as Windows Embedded POSReady, operating systems continue to receive updates.

If you open the Sebijk site, you will also find instructions on how to get this to work on 64-bit Windows XP systems.

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General Manager of crisis management at Microsoft, Adrienne Hall said: “In reviewing the updates for this month, some vulnerabilities were identified that pose elevated risk of cyberattacks by government organisations, sometimes referred to as nation-state actors, or other copycat organisations.“To address this risk, today we are providing additional security updates along with our regular Update Tuesday service.“These security updates are being made available to all customers, including those using older versions of Windows.”These crucial security patches will be available to download from Microsoft’s Download Centre or Windows Update.

Microsoft says its decision to push-out to operating systems not currently in extended support “should not be viewed as a departure from our standard servicing policies”.

Microsoft this week issued a “highly unusual” software update for Windows XP – amongst other versions of the hugely-popular desktop operating system.

The US technology company ended support for Windows XP back in April 2014.

The majority of those hit by the Wanna Cry malware were running Windows 7, without the latest security patches.

However, it’s not clear if this latest tip is any indication that new attacks would target Windows XP more aggressively.

However, Microsoft is now making the unprecedented move of including the outdated operating system, which first launched almost 16 years ago, as part of its Patch Tuesday round of security updates.

Microsoft has pushed out updates for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and all of its most recent unsupported and supported versions of Windows because of an “elevated risk” of attacks similar to the Wanna Cry malware.

Wanna Cry infected some 75,000 computers in 99 countries, including about 40 NHS organisations.

The ransomware locked away users’ files and demanded a 0 (some £235 converted) ransom before granting computer owners access again.

If you are running Windows XP and do not want to switch to a new system or cannot, then you may want to try this trick to install security patches designed for the POSReady 2009 operating system on your PC.