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Windows Nag Windows to Counter Piracy

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the pirate-vein-rupture dept.

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Vicegrip writes "Microsoft is enhancing its Genuine Advantage program in the US, Australia, UK, Malaysia and NZ to now include persistent nag screens to remind that your version of Windows is not licensed. These nag screens will keep appearing until you license your version of Windows or, presumably, convince Microsoft they've made a mistake."

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Next move... (5, Funny)

phy_si_kal (729421) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205277)

The 8th edition : MS Windows Vista $hareware

Re:Next move... (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205475)

I know you got modded +1 Funny, but my immediate reaction to any of these nag screens is indeed to delete the software. It's not as if there normally aren't any alternatives.

First Nag! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15205279)

ha!

LOL WINBLOWS (1, Troll)

Proctal Relapse (467579) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205283)

LOL JEWS

obligatory (5, Funny)

phase_9 (909592) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205287)

cracks in 3...2...

Re:obligatory (1)

Daoenti (552606) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205333)

Heck, why crack it, just uninstall it (if it's really as easy as that KB article makes it sound).

Re:obligatory (2, Interesting)

idontgno (624372) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205345)

Why?

Quote [microsoft.com]

How to uninstall Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications
You can uninstall Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications by using Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.

Now the obvious followup question is: What happens if I do uninstall this nagware? Am I crippling Windows? Will the Windows Genuine Disadvantage (tm) be reinstalled behind my back at the next automatic update? Will my name, address, phone number, IP address, and credit card information be phoned home to the Microsoft Secret Police?

Re:obligatory (3, Insightful)

DaHat (247651) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205450)

There is very little in the userland side of an operating system that cannot be easily removed... likely this will be the same, they just won't provide a mechanism or instructions on how to remove it.

With some time and testing it would be possible to come up with a diff of both before and after its installation and come up with manual removal process... Sure it can be beaten, but I doubt this method is meant to be impenetrable from the l33t hax0rs of the world, instead they are trying to stop casual piracy and those who unknowingly purchases illegal copies of Windows.

Re:obligatory (1)

Ravatar (891374) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205511)

Programs that require you to be genuine authed will not install/run (IE7, Windows Defender, etc).

Re:obligatory (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205416)

my beautiful opera-singing girlfriend
I never thought I'd see that as a sig on /.

Re:obligatory (0, Offtopic)

phase_9 (909592) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205432)

It's just funny to watch her hit counter go mad whenever I post here ;)

Re:obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15205508)

She's hot. Just FYI.

No need (1)

thelem (218540) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205457)

Microsoft has bundled the crack with the update.

From the article: "You can uninstall Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications by using Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel. "

Of course it could come back, it just means those naughty pirates need to be more careful when installing automatic updates.

Re:obligatory (5, Interesting)

richy freeway (623503) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205492)

It's cracked already.

There's a LegitCheckControl.dll floating around that you dump into c:\windows\system32 whilst in safe mode, give the PC a reboot and all is well. Windowsupdate etc work fine.

Not that I've tried it or anything... ;)

Re:obligatory (2, Informative)

dc29A (636871) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205559)

It's cracked already.

There's a LegitCheckControl.dll floating around that you dump into c:\windows\system32 whilst in safe mode, give the PC a reboot and all is well. Windowsupdate etc work fine.

Not that I've tried it or anything... ;)


Or simply flag the ActiveX as disabled. No need to download 3d party (unsafe) hacks.

I hope not! (4, Insightful)

babbling (952366) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205499)

I fully support Microsoft's anti-copying measures. I'd love to see them really lock up Windows updates so that only legitimate users can get access to them, or even better, I'd love to see them create a Windows and an Office that is too tough to crack.

I don't think all of the current Windows users are willing to pay for Windows, and if they are forced into doing it, there's a good chance they'll look elsewhere. Those that do decide to pay for Windows will also eventually be tempted by any alternative that has zero cost.

In trying to make all users pay for Windows, Microsoft would be shooting themselves in the foot, and I think they realise that they need illegitimate copying. Not too much, but not too little, either...

My Mother (5, Funny)

cheese-cube (910830) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205293)

So can I presume that it will then start telling me to clean my room, do the dishes and take out the bins?

Re:My Mother (1)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205348)

So can I presume that it will then start telling me to clean my room, do the dishes and take out the bins?

*pop* "Windows has detected that your room needs to be cleaned, your dishes need to be washed, and the Recycle Bin needs to be emptied. Click here to start the Household Chores Wizard."

Re:My Mother (1)

EntropyXP (956792) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205405)

*pop* "Windows has detected that your room needs to be cleaned, your dishes need to be washed, and the Recycle Bin needs to be emptied. Click here to start the Household Chores Wizard."
I just hope that utility doesn't crash and hang for hours.... then you'd have to get it stoned.

Re:My Mother (1)

Disavian (611780) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205545)

I also hope that it's not as %)(&@&ing aggrivating as the "You have installed updates and need to reboot" dialog. Anyone have a crack for that particular POS?

Re:My Mother (5, Funny)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205468)

*Clippy*

It looks like you're trying to play a game!
However, your room needs cleaning and your dishes need washing first.
And why don't you go out and play with other kids instead of being closed in your room with nothing but a computer?
Off you go now!

Re:My Mother (1)

Bellhead (236422) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205483)

Don't talk with your mouth full!

Why not? (4, Funny)

Valdrax (32670) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205295)

Hey, why not? After all, I'm sure you're like me and you've registered every bit of shareware that had nag screens, right?

Re:Why not? (5, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205387)

I have one handy old app (which shall remain nameless) that recently informed me that I'm on day 1,200 of my 30 day trial period. It's just a battle of wills at this point.

Re:Why not? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15205410)

I have that with an old version of Winzip. If they hadn't screwed up the new versions, I would register.

Re:Why not? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15205413)

Is it EditPlus? I'm on 1318 of 30. We bought a dozen licenses a few years ago but in a series of moves they got lost. Feh.

Re:Why not? (1)

DeadChobi (740395) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205498)

Ahh... mIRC. It's a shame the XiRCON is no longer being scripted for, as mIRC is essentially a clone with a few features added.

Re:Why not? (1)

Afrosheen (42464) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205516)

My guess is that it was winace. It's great software that I never get around to paying for. Mirc can be the same way.

Re:Why not? (1)

Matilda the Hun (861460) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205561)

I'm putting my money on WinZip. I'm currently running close to even with a couple hundred per with days unregistered and archives opened.

Re:Why not? (2, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205420)

If by 'registered,' you mean 'uninstalled and replaced with Free Software equivalents,' then yes, I have 'registered' every piece of shareware on my machine.

Will I notice? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15205296)

I won't even notice that message with all the other Window's errors I get on the screen and all the reminders from every program that needs to update.

Easy to circumvent... (4, Interesting)

AnonymousComrade (465177) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205297)

Install a virtual desktop manager. Move nag screen to an unused desktop. Voila, problem gone (or at least out of sight).

Re:Easy to circumvent... (4, Insightful)

Valdrax (32670) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205321)

Install a virtual desktop manager. Move nag screen to an unused desktop. Voila, problem gone (or at least out of sight).

You, sir, are brilliant.

Of course, that's assuming that the dialog isn't modal and that it obeys whatever scheme you're using to hide the other Windows and never deliberately pops to the front of all desktops.... But Microsoft would never break functionality to wring more revenue out of....

Eh, never mind. Maybe not.

Re:Easy to circumvent... (1)

cc-rider-Texas (877967) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205329)

According to the article:
How to uninstall Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications You can uninstall Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications by using Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel. For more information about Windows Genuine Advantage, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/genuine [microsoft.com]
Whether or not they'll leave the ability to remove it in the software is debatable though.

Re:Easy to circumvent... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15205354)

link [gnome.org]

Even easier (1)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205531)

Just uninstall it. It puts itself in add/remove programs like anything else, and in the MS document they note you can uninstall it, if it bothers you.

No, I'm not sure what the point is either.

It should say (5, Funny)

Stevyn (691306) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205300)

"Even though you are using an unlicensed copy, you're still helping up maintain marketshare. Thank you."

Re:It should say (1)

Knight Thrasher (766792) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205362)

And here I am without mod points. Thanks for the laugh. ^_^

In 21st century ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15205443)

software registers YOU.

Best thing ever... (4, Insightful)

rsborg (111459) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205301)

to happen to Linux and, to a smaller degree, Mac OSX.

And not at the expense of existing paying Windows customers.

I don't think Microsoft is going to be convinced otherwise, and if people are pirating when they would really not use anything else, then hell, they should pay for their Windows license.

It might move those who pirate just for fun into other OS's :-)

Re:Best thing ever... (3, Interesting)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205460)

I honestly can't wait until the inevitable SP or critical update that accidentally hoses everyone's machine into thinking it's pirated.

Meanwhile, over here in OSX/Linux/FreeBSD-land, I'll happily tut-tut my relatives and friends who still use Windows and show them a better way to go about the whole computer thing.

time to burn a few extra Ubuntu install disks, folks :)

/P

Or until you remove the app... (4, Informative)

sd4l (448263) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205303)

These nag screens will keep appearing until you license your version of Windows or, presumably, convince Microsoft they've made a mistake

Or until you remove the notifications program. From Microsoft's Genuine Advantage KB article (i.e. TFA):

You can uninstall Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications by using Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.

Re:Or until you remove the app... (3, Interesting)

ecc962 (792707) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205449)

That's interesting. My legit work copy of XP installed this update this morning and in the Add/Remove programs list it says Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications (KB905474) "This update cannot be removed."

Re:Or until you remove the app... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15205496)

Actually I couldn't remove it by using the "add/remove" menu, but I tried!! Instead, go ahead and boot into a command line and delete WgaTray.exe and the dll file out of windows/system32 and that will take care of it. I also searched the windows directory for any mention of this
"Wga" crap and deleted those too.

Re:Or until you remove the app... (1)

OlivierB (709839) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205512)

Oh.. *that* application..
My first thought was to remove Windows. Works everytime

Doesn't work (3, Funny)

DnemoniX (31461) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205548)

I just suggested this to a friend and he reported back that it says it can not be uninstalled.

Check Google tomorrow.... (5, Funny)

Brad1138 (590148) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205306)

For the hack to fix this.

Re:Check Google tomorrow.... (1)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205396)

No, just check Microsoft [microsoft.com] . The hack to fix this is out already. And a what a diabolically clever and sneaky hack it is, too!

Re:Check Google tomorrow.... (1)

Winterblink (575267) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205415)

Or you could just, you know, read the f-ing article:

You can uninstall Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications by using Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.

Re:Check Google tomorrow.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15205482)

Or you could just, you know, stop being a f-ing prick.

"This update cannot be removed" - quoted from add/remove progs.

Now that's funny! (4, Funny)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205308)

FTA: Microsoft says that every time a notification is displayed, the user will receive detailed information about the specific validation failure. The information includes steps that can be taken to resolve the problem.

These don't seem to include, "try Linux instead".

Oh to be able to hack Genuine Advantage...

Re:Now that's funny! (4, Insightful)

DrXym (126579) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205351)

Or walk into any computer store and copy down the Windows licence key helpfully stuck on the outside of any PC on display. An OEM version of XP might be required, but that's hardly an obstacle.

Great..from the same !@#$% up people who gave us.. (1)

PortHaven (242123) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205314)

Certification during installation. So why the hell do all my Microsoft PocketPC applications tell me they are from an unknown publisher. WTF M$ ???

Can't you at least perform your own tasks!!!!

what nags me.. (4, Interesting)

Keruo (771880) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205316)

is the genuine check on genuine product..
Your copy of windows is genuine and activated.. but lets check it anyway. again. again and again.
Seesh.

Re:what nags me.. (1)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205406)

The genuine product checks never really bothered me, it was very quick and was only used when I was getting something from MS, for my money this should just make it easier for genuine users (although the extent to which it will stop cracks is debatable). I have no problem with them wanting to sell software that they make, I also don't really care what price they want to charge for it, thats just the free market, if people don't like it there are about 600 others to choose from, some of which are free (in both ways) and some which are free in one but not so much in the other. Instead of complaining about how MS runs one of the more ethical sections of their business we should be telling people we know that there is an option which is better

Mistake? (4, Funny)

StevenHenderson (806391) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205320)

or, presumably, convince Microsoft they've made a mistake...

Well, the software got out the door, so aren't we a little late on this? :)

Add/Remove Programs (0, Redundant)

Volanin (935080) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205325)

From TFA:

You can uninstall Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications by using Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.

You can, but... (1)

Serapth (643581) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205431)

Good luck getting Windows updates. It will simply require you to install it all over again. Not to mention more and more add-ons ( like the Media Center fix for Vista ) are requiring Genuine Advantage too.

So frankly all you are doing is removing the ability of your computer to assert that it is infact genuine. Thus for any future checks it will automatically fail. Your arent accomplishing much.

Re:You can, but... (1)

DeadChobi (740395) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205540)

Wait, you mean you cant selectively choose to not install this update like I did this morning?

More interesting: how it's described. (5, Insightful)

millia (35740) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205337)


From my standpoint, what was more interesting was:
a) This was a high priority item. Yes, this is as important as fixing IE flaws. Surely.
b) How it's listed in the license agreement:
MICROSOFT PRE-RELEASE SOFTWARE LICENSE TERMS
MICROSOFT WINDOWS GENUINE ADVANTAGE VALIDATION TOOL

So they're putting BETA software into high priority updates?

Re:More interesting: how it's described. (1)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205404)

All I know is that I installed that update, rebooted and got the first bluescreen I've ever seen on this machine (work machine... what do I care? We're already an MS partner...). Haven't gotten one since, but it was definitely strange.

Planet Microsoft (4, Insightful)

Ed Almos (584864) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205339)

I sometimes wonder what planet Microsoft are on. On todays page we have news that the Vista firewall is to be crippled and now we find that there will be nag screens.

Do these guys WANT to drive users to open source?

Ed Almos

Re:Planet Microsoft (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15205391)

i hate fucking idiots like you. the firewall has many options, IT IS 1 CLICK TO TURN ON OUTBOUND PROTECTION. YOU ARE A TROLL FOR BELIEVING OTHERWISE.

A popup window only annoys people who stole the software(nerds, or people who know nerds who gave it to them), so it doesn't really affect anything.

Im willing to be this will be a STANDARD UNREMOVEABLE FEATURE OF VISTA. Why are you nerds talking about uninstalling it?

I agree. A win for OSS and Mac users. (1)

Ritz_Just_Ritz (883997) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205433)

Granted, one shouldn't steal software from Microsoft. Stealing, even from another thief, is still wrong. I suspect most pirates will ignore the nag screens and those that are truly offended will just us another OS. I doubt this is going to contribute a penny in new sales for Microsoft, but it will generate negative publicity. As the RIAA/MPAA have shown us, as a company/organization loses relevance to its constituency, they will employ ever more desperate measures to maintain their hold on those constituents. While I don't see Microsoft falling into ruin anytime soon, things like this are clear markers that they are in decline.

Re:Planet Microsoft (2, Interesting)

bod1988 (925911) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205495)

The nag screens are for pirated version. If you didnt pay for it, stfu

Re:Planet Microsoft (2, Insightful)

east coast (590680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205546)

I sometimes wonder what planet Microsoft are on. On todays page we have news that the Vista firewall is to be crippled and now we find that there will be nag screens.

Do these guys WANT to drive users to open source?


Are you trying to make a joke here? The firewall is FAR from "crippled". That was mearly spin put on the article to continue the "Microsoft is evil" jabber.

Frankly speaking, it's going to take far far far less technical knowledge to turn on the outbound firewall than what it will take to download a Linux Distro and put it on CD. That's the long and short of it.

About a week ago there was an article about Linux snobs, these kinds of posts prove the arguement. LINUX ADVOCATES: Please understand that most users will be able to turn out the outbound firewall and probably won't have a problem getting past these "nag" screens. Most windows users who even know what Linux is still don't even know how to choose what distro is best for them let alone the install procedure for even getting to screen one. That is just part of the failings of the OSS community... you think that since you understand Linux everyone else will too. And if you honestly think that these two potential shortcomings in windows is going to convert even one user than you are completely out of your mind!

Re:Planet Microsoft (1)

chord.wav (599850) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205560)

Do these guys WANT to drive users to open source?

No, that's Slashdot job.

And btw, Vista's firewall will not be crippled, just configured differently.

UNINSTALL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15205358)

How to uninstall Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications
You can uninstall Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications
by using Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.

Or, presumably, until you UNINSTALL (0, Redundant)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205361)

...the nag screens. TFA [microsoft.com] says

"You can uninstall Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications by using Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel."

Did I just violate the DMCA by disclosing this?

Re:Or, presumably, until you UNINSTALL (3, Funny)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205534)

Did I just violate the DMCA by disclosing this?

Yes.

We'll see you in a few minutes. Thanks.

- BSA [msversus.org]

Which Windows? (1)

carlvlad (942493) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205364)

Which Windows? I'm scared like hell to expect seeing a big scary nag screen on my Windows 3.1 at 640X480.

Screen Shots Please ... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15205365)

I'd like one for the wallpaper on my very proper corporate desktop. Just to give the Sysadmins heart failure.

This is priceless! (1)

gasmonso (929871) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205366)

Since Vista will be crapware, MS is gonna try to push people to buy XP. Nice one MS.

http://religiousfreaks.com/ [religiousfreaks.com]

Re:This is priceless! (2, Insightful)

TheJediGeek (903350) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205451)

I fear that Vista will be the next Windows ME. Which means that when people I know buy a computer with Vista and they ask me about the problems they're having, I'll tell them to get a copy of XP installed on it instead.
I had to do the same thing with Win ME. It pained me to say that Win 98 was the better alternative, but compared to Morons Edition, it was true.

Re:This is priceless! (2, Funny)

ohearn (969704) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205554)

No, ME was not Morons Edition. Although that fits nicely. What myself and everyone I used to work tech support with refered to it as was Much Evil, we are talking about M$ after all.

What happens if you just don't install it? (3, Interesting)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205393)

Question: The new "Genuine Advantage" tester is an Update on Windows Update. What happens if you just don't install it?

Re:What happens if you just don't install it? (1)

wakingrufus (904726) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205463)

you can't get certain updates from the windows update site if you dont install it.

Re:What happens if you just don't install it? (4, Informative)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205464)

Its simple really .. if you don't load the new "Genuine Advantage" tester, you don't get access to any software updates.

This adds another subtle way to force you to change by keeping your computer in a vulnerable state when future exploits are plugged.

Re:What happens if you just don't install it? (1)

jeeperscats (882744) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205519)

"Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications will be deployed by using Automatic Updates."

Re:What happens if you just don't install it? (4, Informative)

NullProg (70833) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205533)

Question: The new "Genuine Advantage" tester is an Update on Windows Update. What happens if you just don't install it?

Nothing, for now. But it will be manditory soon.

For the moment, users can decline to download and install the pirate alert. But that may not last long. "While the program is presently opt-in, as it expands later in the year, it may become a requirement for the AU [Automatic Updates] service," Microsoft said in a FAQ on its Web site.

From the article here: http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jh tml?articleID=186701032 [informationweek.com]

"Microsoft is limiting IE 7 and Windows Defender updates for non-genuine users," the company said on its Web site. Windows Vista, scheduled for general release in January 2007, will have an even bigger carrot: its Aero Glass interface will run only on valid copies of the operating system.

Enjoy,

a n00b writes... (3, Funny)

inigopete (780297) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205399)

or, presumably, convince Microsoft they've made a mistake.

has _anyone_ done this?

Do the right thing: (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15205409)

Use this as [a, another] reason to STOP using Windows, and not as another reason to feel justified using a cracked/pirated version. Only when we reduce their install base will we force them to do the right thing.

Re:Do the right thing: (1)

swordfish666 (518548) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205507)

So, what would the 'right thing' to do be; release a new version of Windows based on Linux and give it away for free?

...or until you install a real O/S (n/t) (0, Redundant)

toby (759) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205424)

(n/t)

Piracy is strating to end but... (4, Interesting)

jamar0303 (896820) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205425)

It used to be that in my area of Shanghai I could see people selling pirated copies of Windows everywhere (about 16 stands of CDs in a 5km radius). Now, about half of those stands have stopped selling Windows, and are now selling Linux. Coincidence, I think not- MS activation is getting so annoying that they're giving up and going to Linux.

DMCA: Anybody pointing to or discussing a crack .. (2, Insightful)

schwit1 (797399) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205427)

The new DMCA has a provision for civil forfietures (if you are in the US) that would allow the feds to seize every computer component you have for posting cracks, linking to cracks, or discussing the use of cracks.

Welcome to the new world order.

Anagram (5, Funny)

null etc. (524767) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205453)

Genuine Advantage Notification = GAN = NAG spelled backwards. Coincedence?

Re:Anagram (1)

matt4077 (581118) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205506)

I think not!

i want to run it too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15205471)

does it run in wine?
it would be interisting

Re:i want to run it too (1)

Aqua_boy17 (962670) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205553)

Of course.

The Wine version of the NAG will be called "Whine".

It is good that this happens (2, Insightful)

houghi (78078) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205497)

The more people are forced to pay for their software, the more people will look out for alternatives. Not everybody. Not all the the same time.

If every Linux user can only convice 1 other user to start using Linux, it will the the main player. Naturlay that new Linux user must also convince 1 other user.

A sort of one-dimentional piramid sceme

Just like a bunch of linux-fanatics (0, Troll)

Chicken04GTO (957041) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205513)

Just like a bunch of linux-fanatics....to cry about intrusive software that can simply be removed through a couple of clicks. I suppose youd rather spend all night emerging to fix a simple problem.

English First World (1)

Citizen of Earth (569446) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205515)

Genuine Advantage program in the US, Australia, UK, Malaysia and NZ

Phew! Canada dodges a bullet.

Opt Out (2, Informative)

Jafafa Hots (580169) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205525)

When it tried to install this morning, I was able to uncheck the box for the program while installing the security update it was bulndled with.... it then warned me that I was not installing this "advantage" crap... but that allowed me to check a box saying "never tell me about this again."

The moral of the story? Take your PC off of auto updates and instead set it to ask permission first!

(btw, my copy of XP is legit.)

What type of nag message windows? (3, Insightful)

Psykechan (255694) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205544)

Are they going to have the annoying Windows XP style message box hovering over the tray that tells me that my USB 2 device could work faster if it was plugged into a non-existant USB 2 port on my USB 1.1 system?

Maybe they could have the annoying Search Mutt take up the left hand window and do a little animation while I have to figure out how to turn it off?

Or they could have that bastard Clippy come on screen and tell me something like "It looks like your copy of Microsoft Windows" isn't licensed properly." with a list of solutions on how I can throw more money at MS.

Lastly there is the universal message box that could pop up right in the middle of the screen stealing focus. That's a classic.

Microsoft Windows has so many annoyances to choose from that most users will probably just click OK when the message box pops up. After all, it's worked so well for WinZip.

People will stop patching... (1)

the_doctor_23 (945852) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205563)

From TFA: Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications will be deployed by using Automatic Updates.

So users of pirated Windows will stop apllying patches now... Great, even more trojaned b0xes on the 'net...
<sarcasm>I for one welcome our hax0red-b0xen-overlords...</sarcasm>

Hmm... (1)

post.scriptum (953120) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205569)

A new version of the LegitCheckControl.DLL cr@ck was released not so long ago, I wonder if it has something to do with this. And I think so.

"Enhancement" (0, Flamebait)

MaggieL (10193) | more than 8 years ago | (#15205572)

Microsoft is enhancing its Genuine Advantage program...
Which lets you know what MSFTs idea of "enhancement" is. Imagine their definition of "innovation".

Whew.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15205574)

Good thing for Microsoft that no one will ever find a work-around for this...
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