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windows genuine advantage...and bad codes...

By johndoe2 ·
okay everyone so here's the deal. i work on a lot of computers here in my small town. i've got a funny suspicion that some of them dont have fully legal software, namely windows, on them. as is im kindda skeptical about installing windows patches and updates. my question is, if i ran a WGA check with a computer that happens not to have a legit copy of windows, what exactly would happen??? would the pc be rendered useless??? would there soon be a knock at my door???
furthermore, is it really worth it, i mean im of the belief that 3rd party software can keep the system running smooth and is it really worth it to use windows update?

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doesn't really matter

by Jaqui In reply to windows genuine advantage ...

even if the windows version is legit the windows update wga tester will say it's not.

it's just another marketing ploy designed to get more money out of you.

let the activex control install, then disable it.
your clients will be able to use windows update.
if it's active, then only through the automatic updates will they be able to get updates.

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by johndoe2 In reply to windows genuine advantage ...

hey everyone~
just thought i would tell u something i found out the other day. i was trying to install windows anti-spyware on someones pc. it ran a wga check during the installation and said that the machine didnt have a valid key code and to call microsoft cutomer service to correct the problem. then it stoped the install and that was it. so like one of you said, nothing really happens...

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re: is it really worth it to use windows update

by NZ_Justice In reply to windows genuine advantage ...

Yes it is worth updating the machines. A lot of bugs and exploits with the the windows OS get fixed. It can also improve the performance of application processes and third party application compatibility.

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by johndoe2 In reply to windows genuine advantage ...

often times yes i'd agree. but like i've said before theres a lot of times i still think what micorsoft says they 'fixed and patched' can be better handled with 3rd party software.

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