Windows Genuine Advantage Gets Functionality Update

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  1. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    Today, Microsoft released an updated WGA Notifications package. With this update, the pilot phase of WGA Notifications is complete, and the program will continue with a phased roll-out to Windows XP users worldwide. All English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch and Brazilian Portuguese users of Windows XP running Automatic Updates will soon be offered an updated package with a new version of WGA Notifications.

    The updated package includes some notable changes to the software based on customer feedback from the previous version.

    •No daily configuration check

    In the pilot phase, a PC that had installed WGA Notifications checked a server-side configuration setting upon each login, to determine if WGA Notifications should run or not. This configuration file check has been removed in the updated WGA Notifications package released today. It is important to note that WGA Validation still periodically checks to determine whether the version of Windows is genuine.

    •Clearer EULA and instructions to opt-in.

    The End User License Agreement (EULA) has been replaced with a standard, General Availability EULA that more clearly explains the purpose of the software and details about WGA Notifications. For customers who choose not to install the updated package, and wish to remove an installed previous version, Microsoft has made available a set of instructions for removing previous versions of WGA Notifications from their PCs.


    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2006/jun06/06-27WGA.mspx
     
  2. madmatt

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    I saw a desktop computer today with the notification on the logon screen, a dialog after the logon, and in the system tray. The copy of Windows on this desktop computer was in fact pirated (admitted by the owner). Works rather nicely in that case.
     
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    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    Did you recommend the MS Action Pack to him? ;)
     
  4. madmatt

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    No, I would lose more business that way. Action Pack is for IT firms anyway.