Get Windows Server 2008 updates on Vista?


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The security updates for Vista are also for Windows Server 2008. Windows Server 2008 will continue to get those updates until 2020 (edit: this is incorrect as Neemobeer points out below).

You can make a simple registry change in Windows XP so that windows updates thinks it is Windows POS Ready 2009 and you will continue to get windows updates on XP. (edit: btw this is not recommended and may cause problems)

Is there also a similar tweak for Vista (to appear as Windows Server 2008) to continue to get updates until 2020? (edit: no, since Server 2008 actually stopped getting updates in 2015)
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Server 2008 is EOL and Server 2008 R2 has security updates until 2020.

Server 2008 (Same kernel as Vista)
Server 2008 R2 (Same kernel as Windows 7)

So the short answer is no.