Windows Genuine Advantage Notification??

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by rfdjr1@optonline.net, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. Guest

    What is this that pops up everytime I boot up now, after a recent WIndows
    update? The copy of Windows XP Pro on my computer is my own copy, bought and
    paid for when I built the system over three years ago. Why am I now being nagged
    on every boot up? I use Zone Alarm firewall. Will I cause myself a problem by
    "denying" Windows Genuine Advantage Notification access to the net and then
    clicking for Zone Alarm to always remember that setting? Thanks.
    , Jul 12, 2007
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  2. It was on, or about, Thu, 12 Jul 2007 08:10:26 -0400, that as I was
    halfway through a large jam doughnut, rfdjr1 wrote:

    > What is this that pops up everytime I boot up now, after a recent
    > WIndows update? The copy of Windows XP Pro on my computer is my own
    > copy, bought and paid for when I built the system over three years ago.


    Uh, well NO actually. Unlike a Linux distribution which *is* yours when
    you download it or buy it, you did *not* buy a copy of Windows XP. You
    bought a *licence* from M$ to use it, NOT the OS itself.

    > Why am I now being nagged on every boot up? I use Zone Alarm firewall.
    > Will I cause myself a problem by "denying" Windows Genuine Advantage
    > Notification access to the net and then clicking for Zone Alarm to
    > always remember that setting? Thanks.




    --
    "Anything said in COLA is a crock of shit."
    Hadron Quark, Tuesday 03 Jul 2007
    alt.os.linux.ubuntu
    So this would include what *he* says!
    William Poaster, Jul 12, 2007
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  3. wrote in
    news::

    > What is this that pops up everytime I boot up now, after a recent
    > WIndows update?


    Are we supposed to guess?


    > The copy of Windows XP Pro on my computer is my own
    > copy, bought and paid for when I built the system over three years ago.


    Yeah, you paid a "license" fee... as did I - and everyone else legal.


    > Why am I now being nagged on every boot up? I use Zone Alarm firewall.
    > Will I cause myself a problem by "denying" Windows Genuine Advantage
    > Notification access to the net and then clicking for Zone Alarm to
    > always remember that setting? Thanks.


    Geezus, just let it have permissions... Like you [almost] said,
    you paid the fees, you may as well enjoy the full access that
    their WGA allows legal users.

    "Life's a beach...
    And then you get sun-poisoning and chemotheraphy."

    --

    http://www.impeachribbon.com/

    http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/index.php/Fucktard

    We are undergoing an unprecedented heat-wave in the USA.

    It was so hot locally that at many Regional Zoos
    all the water-buffalo have completely evaporated!

    And there is not a thing in the world anyone can do about it...
    Because President Bush already pardoned The Weather Channel!
    Bucky Breeder, Jul 12, 2007
    #3
  4. pokhara67 Guest

    On Jul 12, 1:30 pm, William Poaster <> wrote:
    > It was on, or about, Thu, 12 Jul 2007 08:10:26 -0400, that as I was
    > halfway through a large jam doughnut, rfdjr1 wrote:
    >
    > > What is this that pops up everytime I boot up now, after a recent
    > > WIndows update? The copy of Windows XP Pro on my computer is my own
    > > copy, bought and paid for when I built the system over three years ago.

    >
    > Uh, well NO actually. Unlike a Linux distribution which *is* yours when
    > you download it or buy it, you did *not* buy a copy of Windows XP. You
    > bought a *licence* from M$ to use it, NOT the OS itself.
    >

    I have a bootleg copy of xp which i no longer use die to WGA.

    Does the M$ Update cripple certain features of the OS when they find
    out your copy is a fake one ?
    pokhara67, Jul 12, 2007
    #4
  5. >> rfdjr1 wrote:
    >>
    >> > What is this that pops up everytime I boot up now, after a recent
    >> > WIndows update? The copy of Windows XP Pro on my computer is my own
    >> > copy, bought and paid for when I built the system over three years
    >> > ago.



    pokhara67 <> wrote in
    news::
    >
    > I have a bootleg copy of xp which i no longer use die to WGA.
    >
    > Does the M$ Update cripple certain features of the OS
    > when they find out your copy is a fake one ?



    Not so much any active effort on the part of M$ to cripple any
    specific targets, but by the nature of the WGA and update access
    limitations, it leaves the pirated copies either vunerable or
    just a ridiculously intensive and convoluted time-consuming
    process to keep updated and relatively safe. Plus, with the
    pirated flavors, if *anything* goes wrong, you always wonder...

    It just seems relatively inexpensive to get legal with XP nowadays.

    --

    http://www.impeachribbon.com/

    http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/index.php/Fucktard

    We are undergoing an unprecedented heat-wave in the USA.

    It was so hot locally that at many Regional Zoos
    all the water-buffalo have completely evaporated!

    And there is not a thing in the world anyone can do about it...
    Because President Bush already pardoned The Weather Channel!
    Bucky Breeder, Jul 12, 2007
    #5
  6. Another Guest

    wrote:
    > What is this that pops up everytime I boot up now, after a recent WIndows
    > update? The copy of Windows XP Pro on my computer is my own copy, bought and
    > paid for when I built the system over three years ago. Why am I now being nagged
    > on every boot up? I use Zone Alarm firewall. Will I cause myself a problem by
    > "denying" Windows Genuine Advantage Notification access to the net and then
    > clicking for Zone Alarm to always remember that setting? Thanks.
    >


    google muBlinder

    http://www.p2plife.com/forums/Guide_On_How_To_Circumvent_WGA_WPA_WGN_and_WGV-t714.html

    explains WGA, etc.
    Another, Jul 12, 2007
    #6
  7. Vanguard Guest

    "pokhara67" wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > William Poaster wrote:
    >>
    >> It was on, or about, Thu, 12 Jul 2007 08:10:26 -0400, that as I was
    >> halfway through a large jam doughnut, rfdjr1 wrote:
    >>
    >>> What is this that pops up everytime I boot up now, after a recent
    >>> WIndows update? The copy of Windows XP Pro on my computer is my own
    >>> copy, bought and paid for when I built the system over three years
    >>> ago.

    >>
    >> Uh, well NO actually. Unlike a Linux distribution which *is* yours
    >> when
    >> you download it or buy it, you did *not* buy a copy of Windows XP.
    >> You
    >> bought a *licence* from M$ to use it, NOT the OS itself.

    >
    > I have a bootleg copy of xp which i no longer use die to WGA.
    >
    > Does the M$ Update cripple certain features of the OS when they find
    > out your copy is a fake one ?


    You can delete WGA so it doesn't run during bootup. There are several
    Google hits on how to do this. Obviously not everyone is going to an
    always-on connection, like for dial-up users, so it can't always phone
    home. I use DiamondCS ProcessGuard which denies it from ever loading.
    However, when you visit Windows Update, you still stuck with having to
    use their ActiveX WGA control. As I have heard, you can only get the
    security updates with "fake ones" (i.e., non-security updates require
    WGA to run and validate your copy).
    Vanguard, Jul 12, 2007
    #7
  8. Alfred Guest

    On 12 Jul 2007 13:06:12 GMT, Bucky Breeder
    <> wrote:

    >>> rfdjr1 wrote:
    >>>
    >>> > What is this that pops up everytime I boot up now, after a recent
    >>> > WIndows update? The copy of Windows XP Pro on my computer is my own
    >>> > copy, bought and paid for when I built the system over three years
    >>> > ago.

    >
    >
    >pokhara67 <> wrote in
    >news::
    >>
    >> I have a bootleg copy of xp which i no longer use die to WGA.
    >>
    >> Does the M$ Update cripple certain features of the OS
    >> when they find out your copy is a fake one ?

    >
    >
    >Not so much any active effort on the part of M$ to cripple any
    >specific targets, but by the nature of the WGA and update access
    >limitations, it leaves the pirated copies either vunerable or
    >just a ridiculously intensive and convoluted time-consuming
    >process to keep updated and relatively safe. Plus, with the
    >pirated flavors, if *anything* goes wrong, you always wonder...
    >
    >It just seems relatively inexpensive to get legal with XP nowadays.


    Except microsoft fuckups will screw up even legal copies. I've just
    had one of the laptops screwed with the latest patch. Funnily enough
    none of the others were affected.
    Alfred, Jul 12, 2007
    #8
  9. >>>> rfdjr1 wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>> > What is this that pops up everytime I boot up now, after a recent
    >>>> > WIndows update? The copy of Windows XP Pro on my computer is my own
    >>>> > copy, bought and paid for when I built the system over three years
    >>>> > ago.



    >>pokhara67 <> wrote in
    >>news::
    >>>
    >>> I have a bootleg copy of xp which i no longer use die to WGA.
    >>>
    >>> Does the M$ Update cripple certain features of the OS
    >>> when they find out your copy is a fake one ?



    > On 12 Jul 2007 13:06:12 GMT, Bucky Breeder
    > <> wrote:
    >
    >>Not so much any active effort on the part of M$ to cripple any
    >>specific targets, but by the nature of the WGA and update access
    >>limitations, it leaves the pirated copies either vunerable or
    >>just a ridiculously intensive and convoluted time-consuming
    >>process to keep updated and relatively safe. Plus, with the
    >>pirated flavors, if *anything* goes wrong, you always wonder...
    >>
    >>It just seems relatively inexpensive to get legal with XP nowadays.



    Alfred <> wrote in
    news::
    >
    > Except microsoft fuckups will screw up even legal copies. I've just
    > had one of the laptops screwed with the latest patch. Funnily enough
    > none of the others were affected.



    I seriously have felt the pain of a renegade M$ update.

    Lucky for me, I haven't had one go bad in quite some time, but what I
    always do before 'update Tuesdays' is image my drive [I use PQDI 2002] and
    manually set a restore point.

    <knocking on wood> %^)

    --

    http://www.impeachribbon.com/

    http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/index.php/Fucktard

    We are undergoing an unprecedented heat-wave in the USA
    and there is not a thing anyone in the world can do about it...

    Because President Bush already pardoned The Weather Channel!
    Bucky Breeder, Jul 12, 2007
    #9
  10. *alan* Guest

    "Vanguard" wrote

    [...]
    > However, when you visit Windows Update, you still stuck with having to use
    > their ActiveX WGA control. As I have heard, you can only get the security
    > updates with "fake ones" (i.e., non-security updates require WGA to run
    > and validate your copy).


    That may be true when you visit the Windows Update website (which, as I
    recall, will insist that you undergo WGA verification even before you can
    download the updates), BUT -- if you've got your Automatic Updates set to
    "Notify me but don't automatically download or install them", you will be
    notified and you can then perform a Custom Install un-checking the box for
    the WGA. I've always figured that "Windows Genuine Advantage" would somehow
    be to my DIS-advantage . . .
    --
    Alan
    *alan*, Jul 12, 2007
    #10
  11. TGS Guest

    On 12 Jul, 13:10, wrote:
    > What is this that pops up everytime I boot up now, after a recent WIndows
    > update? The copy of Windows XP Pro on my computer is my own copy, bought and
    > paid for when I built the system over three years ago. Why am I now being nagged
    > on every boot up? I use Zone Alarm firewall. Will I cause myself a problem by
    > "denying" Windows Genuine Advantage Notification access to the net and then
    > clicking for Zone Alarm to always remember that setting? Thanks.


    http://www.firewallleaktester.com/removewga.htm

    This will sort it out
    TGS, Jul 13, 2007
    #11
  12. Alfred Guest

    On 12 Jul 2007 19:16:07 GMT, Bucky Breeder
    <> wrote:

    >>>>> rfdjr1 wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>> > What is this that pops up everytime I boot up now, after a recent
    >>>>> > WIndows update? The copy of Windows XP Pro on my computer is my own
    >>>>> > copy, bought and paid for when I built the system over three years
    >>>>> > ago.

    >
    >
    >>>pokhara67 <> wrote in
    >>>news::
    >>>>
    >>>> I have a bootleg copy of xp which i no longer use die to WGA.
    >>>>
    >>>> Does the M$ Update cripple certain features of the OS
    >>>> when they find out your copy is a fake one ?

    >
    >
    >> On 12 Jul 2007 13:06:12 GMT, Bucky Breeder
    >> <> wrote:
    >>
    >>>Not so much any active effort on the part of M$ to cripple any
    >>>specific targets, but by the nature of the WGA and update access
    >>>limitations, it leaves the pirated copies either vunerable or
    >>>just a ridiculously intensive and convoluted time-consuming
    >>>process to keep updated and relatively safe. Plus, with the
    >>>pirated flavors, if *anything* goes wrong, you always wonder...
    >>>
    >>>It just seems relatively inexpensive to get legal with XP nowadays.

    >
    >
    >Alfred <> wrote in
    >news::
    >>
    >> Except microsoft fuckups will screw up even legal copies. I've just
    >> had one of the laptops screwed with the latest patch. Funnily enough
    >> none of the others were affected.

    >
    >
    >I seriously have felt the pain of a renegade M$ update.
    >
    >Lucky for me, I haven't had one go bad in quite some time, but what I
    >always do before 'update Tuesdays' is image my drive [I use PQDI 2002] and
    >manually set a restore point.


    I have too many machines for that but I image the server then do it
    again after each update is tested. Sometime in future it will save me
    or my successor a lot of trouble
    Alfred, Jul 13, 2007
    #12
  13. Gary Guest

    wrote:

    > What is this that pops up everytime I boot up now, after a recent WIndows
    > update? The copy of Windows XP Pro on my computer is my own copy, bought
    > and paid for when I built the system over three years ago. Why am I now
    > being nagged on every boot up? I use Zone Alarm firewall. Will I cause
    > myself a problem by
    > "denying" Windows Genuine Advantage Notification access to the net and
    > then clicking for Zone Alarm to always remember that setting? Thanks.



    I'm seriously thinking of switching to Apple or PCLinuxOS.
    Both are great OSes!
    Gary, Jul 17, 2007
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