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post Jul 22 2006, 01:44 PM
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Microsoft presses the Stupid button

That's the title of a blog article on ZDNet's website which discusses Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) Tool that you can read here:


The WGA Tool has created one heck of an uproar even with legitimate Windows users because it apparently has been crippling systems running licensed copies!

There is a rumor flying around that Microsoft is going to release a Windows "kill switch" in the Fall on computers running an unlicensed copy of Windows, but this hasn't been confirmed. As far as I know, the WGA Tool is targeted at systems running Windows XP.

For your info, there is a non-M$ removal application available (with certain risks) here:


I haven't had an issue with the WGA tool because I set my Windows updates to allow me control of when and what to update (I chose the "Notify me but don't automatically download or install them" option). I smelled a fish when WGA recently came up in the list of available updates, so I declined it and haven't been bothered by it after that.*

Has anyone had any experience with this new "tool" -- either good or bad -- yet?

* To decline installation of WGA:

"There's only one sure way I've found to opt out of WGA. And in fact, that's what you have to do. It can take a day or two for you to actively find a way to opt out of Microsoft's new anti-piracy program. What you have to do is change the Automatic Updates Control Panel setting to 'Notify me but don't automatically download or install them.' Then you wait for the yellow icon to appear in your system tray that signifies that updates are available. When you open the notifier, you can access the option to 'Choose updates to download.' Remove the check beside Windows Genuine Advantage and click Cancel. Then you must add a check in the box beside 'Don't notify me about these updates again' on the Hide Updates pop-up that will appear. This is the only way I'm aware of 'not to opt in.'

Quoted from http://www.computerworld.com/blogs/node/3035 (I was too lazy to paraphrase it! wink.gif)

This post has been edited by Ximinez: Jul 22 2006, 02:04 PM

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post Jul 22 2006, 09:39 PM
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I guess I'll do some ranting too. This morning I spent the better part of an hour trying to get my system to start up correctly (no MS updates, WGA is installed, but does not install until I tell it).

Norton kept saying it could not monitor email since the internet was not accessable. Checked Network settings and it said I was connected, but they was no traffic. So of course EP could not connect. Rebooted several times with the same results. Tried Safe Mode with Networking and the internet was fine. Tried a Restore Point. No luck. Tried another Restore point. No luck. Rebooted and the Mouse Froze. Rebooted again. Mouse Froze. Rebooted again - Everything started correctly. So I set a new Restore Point.

Ah, the Wonders of Windows. This happens about every six weeks. I have never figured out why. My other system never has a problem (EMachine).

Yes, I know Eric. The problem system is a Dell. I should have kept all my spare parts and built my own ( family needed room for other stuff, so my toys had to go). Ah well, someday (wishful thinking).

Is Linux similar to Unix?

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