On November 27th, 2006 Microsoft released a revamped version of its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) tool that it hopes will reduce complaints arising from paid-up users of Windows XP being told that their copy may be counterfeit.
This caused WGA validation to disallow access to certain Microsoft software such as the ability to download Microsoft’s Windows Defender. Also WGA notifications were sending periodic messages asking users to reinstall XP or to buy a legitimate license. These “nagware” screens led to complaints from some users.
And at the same time, Microsoft’s online forum for WGA-related problems had been rumored to have received over 20,000 postings from annoyed users.
Microsoft, on its Web site, explains how the new version of WGA should correct this problem:
This is the most current release of Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications. We encourage you to upgrade to this version. This release includes enhanced features that reflect ongoing input from customers, as well as Microsoft’s continually improving anti-piracy technology.
Check out the new WGA tool here.
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