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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Windows Genuine Advantage, My %$$

Apparently Microsoft's "Windows Genuine Advantage" (WGA) has crashed. What that means is that you cannot authorize new installations or do anything that would require WGA check, like installing patches. Some have even reported that their legal copies of Windows are being flagged as pirated. I wonder how many millions of dollars this will cost American business whose IT departments just happened to patch systems at the wrong time? Is this enough to convince people that the only advantage of WGA is for Microsoft, not the end user. This is what happens when you assume by default that your users are criminals. But don't worry, MS hopes to have a fix by . . . Tuesday.

The Master comments: For what it's worth, most businesses, even if they don't use volume licenses, use SUS server for their updates. So, the only things that will be crippled are new installs, and patch downloads to the SUS server. Most of their PCs will be unaffected. That doesn't make it right. WGA is bullshit. I got caught in a WGA check a few years ago because I added a memory stick and a video card at the same time to my system. How dare I.

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