April 02, 2007

I Don't Think So

I have my Windows installation set up to check for updates and let me know when new ones are available. I don't let it do automatic updates.

This evening I finally got around to looking at the update that had been sitting there for a couple of days. A helpful text box popped up explaining that this latest oh-so-very important update would scan my computer and if my copy of Windows was bootlegged, then a friendly message would appear periodically to remind me to upgrade to legal software.

Now if I have a legal version of Windows installed (I do), why would I need it? And if it's a bootlegged copy, why would I let you install an update to annoy me about it? I guess they're going after the dishonest *and* stoopid people out there.

No thanks. Cancel install.

Posted by Ted at April 2, 2007 08:24 PM | TrackBack
Category: Square Pegs

Heh, I had the same thoughts about that Genyoowine so-called 'Advantage' but then I was reading that soon it will be a requirement, and that there may be plans for the WGA to check for authentic versions of OTHER programs installed. It's another instance of Microsoft wanting to play big brother.

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