Wednesday, February 28th 2007

Windows Vista shares WGA bug of Windows XP

Just four days ago, we reported that Microsoft had updated Windows XP's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) software. Unfortunately, Windows Vista's version of WGA is very similar to the flawed Windows XP version. And so, Windows Vista may prompt users to activate Windows Vista when they do simple things not requiring activation, such as swap out a small piece of hardware (such as a DVD burner or a gigabyte of RAM). Thankfully, Windows Vista doesn't seem to report a genuine copy of Windows Vista as pirated, like the flawed version of XP WGA did.Source: The Inquirer
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4 Comments on Windows Vista shares WGA bug of Windows XP

Bird of Prey
More and more problems it seems.
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Completely Bonkers
I think WGA is an acceptable method, in principle. But it practice, the idea of not just "validating" but "de-validating" a previously installed OS is totally unacceptable.

MS should be taken to task. Class action lawsuit for the wasted time and money on re-validation... and loss of earnings for business that lose a working system for some days.
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Heedless Psychic
I actually had a completely legit firm ask me to use a cracked key for XP Pro once simply because of all that validation crap. Whenever one of their machines (or several) needed upgrading, say to a new CPU or more RAM, XP would whine and bitch. Seeing as the firm still had the genuine keys on the back of the machines, I saw no illegality and did it for them, since then no validation retardedness.
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Wile E
Power User
This is one area OS X shines compared to Windows - no validation crap. I hate WGA, when I was still using XP Home, I had to call and reactivate at least 5 different times, due to a silly hardware change. It didn't cost any money, but it was a PITA, nonetheless. No problems since moving to XP Pro corporate, however.
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