View Full Version : Windows Genuine Advantage

Paul Camford
22-02-2007, 06:39 PM
Today I found a notification on my pc indicating that Microsoft wanted to download a program.Knowing that it was not Super Tuesday I looked at what it wanted to download and found it was Microsoft WGA.
I thought I already had downloaded WGA a couple of times before, I know that I did when I downloaded IE7.I thought that I would only have to do it once and that would be it.
When I went though the install program it did give me the option to bail out which I took.
I brought my PC from Harvey Norman so I think I am safe in saying my XP system is legal, why should I have to constantly prove so to Microsoft.
Question is by not installing WGA am I in any way disadvantaging myself ?
(pun not intended)
Or should I just get over my annoyance and install it
Your thoughts ?

22-02-2007, 06:46 PM
We all feel the same I would think... at least about the paart where it's not a once over check but servarl checks periodically.

Personally, whilst I thinks it's a bit OTT to have to download the WGA tool several times I just put it down to a neccessary evil, that in the end does give one peace of mind to a certain extent.

just my :2cents: worth.



Speedy Gonzales
22-02-2007, 06:53 PM
Nope u dont have to install this.

I havent installed the 1st, or 2nd one.

XP still works fine here.

Terry Porritt
22-02-2007, 06:56 PM
As a matter of principle I removed WGA and the Windows Validation Tool.

It is easy enough to do via deleting files and registry entries, but there are websites telling you how to do it and offering removal tools to do the job.

For example:



Then if you really want the myriad updates get them from autopatcher:


There is nothing illegal at all in removing this MS 'crap-ware'.

Murray P
22-02-2007, 07:34 PM
MS are hardening WGA, but from what I can gather, it's an opt in thing not compulsory. Though I imagine that many who have auto updates turned on will bag it anyway, having opted in by the mere fact that they have auto update turned on. (Caveat: I haven't checked the EULA to confirm if that is the case, all the same, it is pretty standard practice for you know who).

22-02-2007, 07:36 PM


22-02-2007, 07:43 PM
I got the stupid notification as well, and just like previous attempts I de-selected it. If not illegal or immoral, it is certainly annoying, but I guess that is the way with MS, (whether of the clinical or Seattle variety).

Murray P
22-02-2007, 07:45 PM
You don't know Roger Met's!

TBH, neither do I, only of him and his perverted ways.

22-02-2007, 07:49 PM
This guy?


Murray P
22-02-2007, 07:51 PM
Nah, that's not him, he wears glasses.

23-02-2007, 10:34 AM
I have allowed the download, but I have set Zonealarm to Kill the process whenever it wants to talk to M$. No problems here...