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.