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Microsoft relaxes WGA slightly for Windows XP

Microsoft has decided to relax its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) scheme on its Windows XP operating system to match what is currently being offered on Microsoft Vista.

Microsoft has decided to relax its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) scheme on its Windows XP operating system to match what is currently being offered on Microsoft Vista.

The refreshed version of Windows XP in the form of SP3, due later this year, will give users up to 30 days before they're required to enter a product activation key. At the moment, users have to enter the activation key in the midst of the installation process for Windows XP. Failure to do so will halt the installation.

The new scheme allows you to enter your product key after the installation. Note that failure to enter your product key after the 30-day period will lock you out of the computer until you furnish the key.

You can read more from this Microsoft white paper.

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15 comments
tinyang73
tinyang73

How does this help a person who has an xpsp2 install disk? Wouldn't you need to slipstream sp3 in before it could help you?

raynebc
raynebc

Sounds pretty much like the regular XPSP2 key procedure (register your key within 30 days). Not exactly much of a change.

IC-IT
IC-IT

That you have to use the key during an install with a XPSP2 CD and not with the newer XPSP3 CD installs.

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

you can now pirate XP for 30 days at a time, between reinstalls :^0 :^0 :^0 Ok, Ok, this was bad! So, it looks like they relaxed part of it, but did I mis-understand that other WGA parts have been modified to work more like Vista's? In other words, its not really relaxed, it is enhanced!

amj2010
amj2010

it's a said en done matter to me...

yellow911
yellow911

is this sp3 vista "by default".....?.....

BBPellet
BBPellet

My question is do I have to re-enter my key on SP3 or do I have to pay M$ to get a new key that works with SP3? I have a legit copy of XP and I have the key somewhere (filed it away with the rest of the documentation somewhere in that blackhole I call my office) M$ site and PDF whitepaper makes no mention of this issue.

IC-IT
IC-IT

will require the use of the key and then not until after the install up to 30 days. The SP3 in and of itself should not require a re-entry of the key. (then again with MS,?). ;-)

raynebc
raynebc

And even if they do require it to be re-entered, there are programs to decipher your XP install's current product key and display it to you.

Photogenic Memory
Photogenic Memory

Wow! What a bait and switch. They offer SP3 but it's installation kills your current OS in 30 days? Amazingly devious! I hope this backfires in MS's face. It probably won't though. This has never been a better time to go to open source operating systems. If only Linux could get down with games, man! Ya feel me? Anyways, it'll be interesting how this turns out. Will XP go out with a wimper or a protest? Makes ya wonder?

Reb00t
Reb00t

Who said anything about killing your OS in 30 days? I sure hope you've re-read the article at least once again before coming to such a foolish conclusion. If you have ever setup a Vista installation, you know that during INITIAL INSTALL it asks you for a CD-Key. If you don't have it available at TIME OF INSTALL, you can skip past it and continue with the installation. After it has been installed, you have 30 days to provide a key. This 30-day time period is almost treated as a trial period for Vista. No where do I read that if you have legit copy of XP and you install SP3, it will kill your installation within 30 days. If you have an illegal copy, then I would worry, otherwise, it's a collective update. I love how the anti-Windows guys come out of the woodwork for character assassination at every chance they get. Seems like the Apple commercials are doing a good job at brainwashing the regular consumer.

Photogenic Memory
Photogenic Memory

Besides, SP3 for XP supposedly boosts performance up to 10%, right? Devil Mountain software says so and MS ain't happy about the bench mark results. With that being said; why are using Windows ME... I mean Vista? In addition; what stake do YOU have in upholding the "Microsuck way", hmmm? Me thinks thou dost needs a cluepon? But to prevent this from turning into a flamer; I wish you a Happy New year! This will be the year Linux takes over the world, aaaaaaggghhhhh, LOL! I'm just funin. Your Master Gates is still in control so relax, r0b0t?

Photogenic Memory
Photogenic Memory

I; in no means or fashion or even slightly near the cliffs edge, typical, LOL! Yes, I can be a dork and what better for a dork to recognize the statements and sentiments of another. The IT world is loaded with'em. You, me, and so many others fill up the landscape like so many 0101010ITworkers10101010. It's cool! The anti-MS wagon train rolls on into the 2008 frontier. Happy trails and MS-hating! P.S. Oh by the way.....Windows 98 runs faster on 512 than Vista does on 2 gig! (Hiiii-yah! I'm just playin around dude but it's true.)

Reb00t
Reb00t

You're the typical anti-MS dork who can't give credit where credit is due. Microsoft does have its weaknesses, no one can ignore that, however it has also pushed the business world into the new age. Enjoy your anti-MS bandwagon and keep trying the "play on words" method, it got old after "Windows ME...I mean Vista". hahahah.

normhaga
normhaga

"Windows XP SP3 fills gaps in the updates they might have missed?for example, by declining individual updates when using Windows Update..." Generally when I decline an update, I have a reason - such as it failed a test bench some how. "Windows XP SP3 includes all previously released Windows XP updates, including security updates and hotfixes..." Further down, it is explained that some updates are not covered. Why both cheeks?