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Windows Genuine Advantage Mandatory or Else! - PCstats.com Windows Genuine Advantage Mandatory or Else!
Mon, April 19 2004 | 10:23PM | PermaLink Feedback?

This is a pretty interesting rumor, if you do not have Windows Genuine Advantage installed by September, Windows will shut you down. I guess we'll certainly see...

Uh-oh. Currently, Windows users have the ability to opt out of the Windows Genuine Advantage program and still get security patches and other Critical Updates delivered via Windows Update. The only thing you give up is the ability to download optional updates. Hackers have been working overtime to find ways to disable WGA notification. If WGA becomes mandatory, would it mean that Microsoft could prevent Windows from working if it determines – possibly erroneously – that your copy isn’t “genuine”? That’s a chilling possibility, and Microsoft refuses an easy opportunity to deny that that option is in its plans.

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