Monday, October 8th 2007

Microsoft Genuine Advantage Servers Fail to Validate Anything For Hours

When the common user sees a patch for Windows that should have come with Windows Update and didn't, it's no big deal. The user simply goes to the Microsoft website, downloads the patch, runs the Windows Genuine Validation tool, and goes on their merry way. However, for at least four hours this morning, nobody could do that. The servers glitched, and from 12AM EDT to at least 4AM EDT, nobody could validate anything, from Windows Media Player 11 to Windows Vista Ultimate. There is no official word from Microsoft as to what caused this temporary bug or how they are planning to make sure this doesn't happen again.

Source: The Inquirer
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15 Comments on Microsoft Genuine Advantage Servers Fail to Validate Anything For Hours

#1
panchoman
Sold my stars!
good job microsoft, you've screwed your paying wpa using customers and the pirates are still using wpa bypasses. once again, you've screwed the paying customers and helped pirates.
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#2
Ravenas
I'm not going to rag on MS for this, companies make mistakes/servers have downtimes...However I will say lets get it together next time MS (because Genuine Advantage is a huge part of their OSs).
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#3
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: panchoman
good job microsoft, you've screwed your paying wpa using customers and the pirates are still using wpa bypasses. once again, you've screwed the paying customers and helped pirates.
Failing services are no reason to start flaming. If you have nothing useful to say don't say anything.
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#4
pt
not a suicide-bomber
by: Ravenas
(because Genuine Advantage is a huge part of their OSs).
?
you were being sarcastic?
anyone can bypass it with the proper tools
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#5
Ravenas
by: pt
?
you were being sarcastic?
anyone can bypass it with the proper tools
Illegally.
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#6
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: Ravenas
Illegally.
and it is still doable adn doesnt take very much work to do so
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#7
Ravenas
by: cdawall
and it is still doable adn doesnt take very much work to do so
What's your point, it's illegal.
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#8
Fuse-Wire
by: cdawall
and it is still doable adn doesnt take very much work to do so
or in my case just avoid them full stop
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#9
erocker
There are plenty of places to find updates on a non-Microsoft website. Illegally!:D
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#10
InfDamarvel
by: Ravenas
What's your point, it's illegal.
Why does it have to be illegal? All your doing is choosing not to use a piece of there software O_o. So while there are illegal ways, its is perfectly legal to not use WGA.
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#11
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
it is also perfectly legal to update from sites other than microsoft
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#12
Ravenas
by: cdawall
it is also perfectly legal to update from sites other than microsoft
Agreed
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#14
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Ive never noticed any updates or patches requiring a WGA at all....am I not downloading those that need this?
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#15
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
by: WarEagleAU
Ive never noticed any updates or patches requiring a WGA at all....am I not downloading those that need this?
Go to the MS website... try to download o say... .net 2.0 or something.
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