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Re: [News] Windows Genuine Advantage

__/ [ High Plains Thumper ] on Wednesday 04 October 2006 20:33 \__

> http://www.informit.com/guides/content.asp?g=security&seqNum=2
> 18&rl=1
> or http://tinyurl.com/ev4ht
>> Windows Genuine Advantage
>> Last updated Oct 4, 2006.
>> Microsoft has recently implemented what it calls its
>> "Genuine Advantage." This function is basically an
>> anti-piracy measure that is supposed to stop the illegally
>> installed operating systems from accessing the Microsoft
>> updates. While piracy may cause a lot of problems
>> financially for Microsoft, the way they have gone about
>> policing their licenses has caused a few problems amongst
>> Windows users.
>> Negative User Experiences
>> The Genuine Advantage program has created a few problems
>> for people. For example, one of the problems with the WGA
>> program is that it can make false positive mistakes.
>> There are also other situations where the WGA creates
>> headaches for users who indirectly come in contact with
>> pirated versions of Windows. One of the major methods is
>> when people purchase second-hand computers off the
>> internet.
>> People can also get into problems when they let friends or
>> not-so-legitimate computer techs repair their computer.
>> Concluding tips
>>   * Updates are important, but not all updates are
>>     essential. Do a search on the internet before updating,
>>     and if you don't feel comfortable installing the
>>     update, don't do it.
>>   * When buying a computer, make sure that it has a valid
>>     license code sticker. Not all computers will come with
>>     the operating system on CD, but all Windows installed
>>     computers should come with a holographic license
>>     sticker
> Best option:
>>   * Microsoft is not the only fish in the sea. If you
>>     don't like the WGA system, look around. Linux is a lot
>>     better and easier to use then ever before.

Here is an interesting update:

,----[ Quote ]
| Windows Vista will have new anti-piracy technology that locks people
| out their PCs if the operating system isn't activated within 30 days
| after installation. 


This is, needless to say, excellent news for Linux.

Best wishes,


Roy S. Schestowitz      |    Useless fact: 21978 x 4 = 21978 backwards
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