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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 23 2006, 02:49 AM
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Well, one thing I found in my years of using MS Windows... it sometimes fixes itself, if you're lucky. wink.gif

Linus Torvalds used Unix as a base for his Linux system, along with the GNU operating system. So, yes... it's similar to Unix.

Try it, you'll like it! Go to Ubuntu.com, download their ISO file, burn the image to a CD, and VOILA! You have a "Live" CD that you can use to run the operating system without putting anything on your existing system. Of course, it's a little slower running off CD. When you think you might like to use it for real (took me about 10 minutes to decide), just click the Install button. Put it on a seperate partition, or even better, a secondary drive. Got an old IDE 20Gig lying around? That'll work fine!

One amazing thing that I haven't spoken much about this past week, but one of the neatest things about Ubuntu Linux, is that it uses so little CPU time or system resources. It's very efficient.

Go for it, Tex! What's the worst that can happen? You waste one CDR? Heh-heh... be forwarned though, you might just like Linux. wink.gif


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