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'[OT]: Microsoft WGA is not spyware'
2006\06\17@073813 by Peter

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It is permanentware, or something like that. Excuse my bad English.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/16/spyware_lesson/

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2006\06\17@092341 by Bob Axtell

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Peter wrote:
> It is permanentware, or something like that. Excuse my bad English.
>
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/16/spyware_lesson/
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> P.
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Very ominous, very worrisome. Looks like more MS shenannigans.
and I thought it would get better as Gates bails out. It won't.

--Bob

2006\06\17@102709 by Russell McMahon

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>> It is permanentware, or something like that. Excuse my bad English.
>>
>> www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/16/spyware_lesson/
>>
>> P.
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> Very ominous, very worrisome. Looks like more MS shenannigans.
> and I thought it would get better as Gates bails out. It won't.

Disabling code here

       http://www.boingboing.net/2005/07/28/microsoft_genuine_ad.html

I run genuine Windows on all PCs here, but I object to potential
time-bombs being loaded into my systems. I used to run full
auto-update but, after several recent updates started trashing several
PCs here I now view them 1st and load only if they appear relevant.
When WGA first arrived I read it's bio and decided it had no value or
use in my systems and didn't run it. Looks like that was the right
choice.


       RM

2006\06\17@134524 by Peter

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On Sun, 18 Jun 2006, Russell McMahon wrote:

> Disabling code here
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>       http://www.boingboing.net/2005/07/28/microsoft_genuine_ad.html

Isn't it somewhat sad that it takes 3 seconds to disable a copy
protection scheme on a platform that is supposed to be more secure than
ever ? Using a Javascript line in a browser of all things ? Sheesh.

Peter

2006\06\17@134647 by Peter

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On Sat, 17 Jun 2006, Bob Axtell wrote:

> Peter wrote:
>> It is permanentware, or something like that. Excuse my bad English.
>>
>> www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/16/spyware_lesson/
>>
>> P.
>>
> Very ominous, very worrisome. Looks like more MS shenannigans.
> and I thought it would get better as Gates bails out. It won't.

Well, I think I can see a business opportunity in selling office chairs
in Redmond, WA. I think that there will be some demand (to replace
occasionally broken chairs) ...

Peter

2006\06\17@165331 by Dennis Crawley

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Russell McMahon <spam_OUTapptechTakeThisOuTspamparadise.net.nz> wrote:
>>> It is permanentware, or something like that. Excuse my bad English.
>>> www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/16/spyware_lesson/
>> Very ominous, very worrisome. Looks like more MS shenannigans.
>> and I thought it would get better as Gates bails out. It won't.
> Disabling code here
> http://www.boingboing.net/2005/07/28/microsoft_genuine_ad.html

...but if  WGA allready puts a "NOT Genuine XP" banner,

1. Start pc from OEM CD
2. del c:\winnt\system32\wga*
3. del c:\winnt\wga*.exe
4. Restart the PC.

Problem solved.

Dennis Crawley
Argentina(6)



2006\06\17@190017 by Gerhard Fiedler

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Dennis Crawley wrote:

> ...but if  WGA allready puts a "NOT Genuine XP" banner,

Not that it would here, but ...

> 1. Start pc from OEM CD
> 2. del c:\winnt\system32\wga*
> 3. del c:\winnt\wga*.exe
> 4. Restart the PC.
>
> Problem solved.

...are you sure? I think I have it installed, but this is all I see in
terms of wga* files in the Windows directory tree:

c:\windows>dir /sbf wga*
C:\WINDOWS\WGA.log
C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cd6812fef1fd3e79d9350b24a76108f1\update\wga.cat
C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\cd6812fef1fd3e79d9350b24a76108f1\update\wgacustom.dll

None of this would have been deleted following your instructions.

(FWIW and AFAIK, WINNT was the default name for the Windows directory for
NT versions up to and including Win2k, but WinXP moved back to using
WINDOWS as default name.)

Gerhard

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