The WGA program is a precursor to the antipiracy features Microsoft isbuilding into Windows Vista, expected in January 2007. In Vista, certainoperating system features will only work as long as it is a properlylicensed copy.
Images: WGA lurks in Windows Update
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A user who chooses to exercise control over the process sees alist of updates that have been downloaded to the PC. Each update has aname, and highlighting that name calls up a short summary of the purposeof the update and a link to further information.In this round of updates, Berlind was not able to spot whether any alsoincluded the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) software. It didn't seem tobe included at first, but a later round of checks revealed that it wasindeed there.
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