Windows Genuine Advantage tool enhanced

By Derek Sooman on April 25, 2006, 4:04 PM
The Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) test tool has been enhanced by Microsoft in order that it can detect PCs that are not using a properly licensed version of Windows. Alerts will then be sent to millions of users of pirate software in countries all over the world.

The alerts read: 'This copy of Windows is not genuine; you may be a victim of software counterfeiting' and include a link to a web site explaining what people with pirated versions of Windows need to do.
Seemingly, the only way to stop the alerts from appearing on a regular basis is to replace the pirated version with a genuine copy.

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truflip said:
does this tool report to microsoft which users are using pirated copies and then M$ will sue those using illegal copies?
DragonMaster said:
I think it's just a nag screen and they say you've been a victim of counterfeiting. Then, they probably give a link to buy it that asks where you got it and so on.It probably can be disabled easily tho.
truflip said:
itd be nicer if they give like a 'home' license in which a family with 4 computers can share the same CD key rather than asking the avg joe to cough up $400 for the computers...
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