If you have Windows Vista or Windows XP and you’ve been having problems like not being able to run games or get updates, it’s because the Windows Genuine Advantage server is down and won’t be back up until Tuesday. This is causing every Windows install that happens to check in to be marked as counterfeit.
The discussion on the Microsoft forums has not been kind. As you might expect, the “U-word” Ubuntu has been bandied about. The real confusion is when users don’t know what’s going on, and so they try to reinstall, scan for viruses, or try to fix the problem themselves. Getting on the phone with tech support causes even more confusion.
One poster hinted: “for the XP version there is a download available that will validate you without having to use the validation server – as long as you don’t try and use windows update for XP since that uses the the validation server when you log-in to the Internet update site.” But so far I haven’t found it or I’d link it.
The real concern that I’m thinking is for security. If a user re-installs, fails to validate, can’t update, and goes online to find out what’s wrong: that user is now online with an old, unpatched copy of Internet Explorer. You know what those look like after a few hours?
Yeah, that’s what. I’m staying as far away from any WGA-related activity today as I can, so you all can say hello to Bonzi Buddy for me!
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