from Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
He told me that "in the fall, having the latest WGA will become mandatory and if its not installed, Windows will give a 30 day warning and when the 30 days is up and WGA isn't installed, Windows will stop working, so you might as well install WGA now."
The latest version of WGA or "Windows Genuine Advantage" went out Tuesday and my workstation wanted to install the thing yesterday when I put the .Net 2.0 framework on it. I declined the EULA and it didn't install; until 24 hours later. One day later almost to the minute there are updates for me to download and install - only one - WGA. I cancel the installation but WGA installs itself anyways asking for a reboot. I tell it I don't want to reboot now because I'm downloading an .iso image. It pops up again about ten minutes later wanting to reboot and my choices are now or later (what happened to manually, like when I want to reboot).
Personally, I am getting sick and damn tired of Microsoft. Why do I need WGA to remain resident? If I run WGA and it determines my copy of Windows XP is legit then why in the hell does it have to check the same install on the same machine again? Why does it have to stay installed? If I'm good, I'm good - right?
Earlier this month it was proven that WGA was phoning home to Microsoft and sending information. This same little piece of crap is now going to have the ability to make your purchased copy of Windows (separate or what came with your machine) stop working if you do not have WGA.
This is a flaming load of dogshit.
What if some keygen out there figured out my key and some noodle-head is using it illegally?
How in the blue hell does Microsoft build any type of trust in people when their software continues to contain critical flaws, has a component that phones home without your knowledge, forces you to accept a piece of software you don't need after initial verification and takes the cavalier attitude that you have to accept this whether you like it or not else they will make the piece of hardware you spent a good chunk of change on and the license of XP Professional that you bought and shut them down.
My friend Dave is already dual booting to Linux. Some folks at work use Linux on laptops and some folks own Macintosh computers. I can guarantee from this point forward that eventually only one workstation I own will have Windows XP Professional. The "family" server will be converted to Ubuntu Linux running Samba and Apache. My mega-sooper-gigundo box will be converted to Ubuntu Linux with VMWare Server. All development workstations will be Linux with Open Office and Eclipse. The versions of C# Express, SQL Server Express, and Web Developer Express I downloaded yesterday will not be installed.
I've been dealing with Windows since 3.0 (and one copy of 286) and Microsoft has made my blood boil so many times it is getting stupid. There have been too many times where their flaws and their problems and underhanded techniques have made me so violent I had to break something. They have frustrated me seven times more than IBM, Computer Associates and Oracle combined.
Enough is enough.