Microsoft WGA says: 'Prove your innocence'
This year Microsoft introduced a new incarnation of Windows Genuine Advantage which would gradually disable Windows Vista installations as long as Microsoft thought the copies were not "genuine." As expected, there was a bit of an outcry especially as the WGA used with Windows XP had been such a disaster that Microsoft was actually the target of class action lawsuits seeking relief from the draconian desktop shutdowns it imposed on wrongly accused counterfeit versions of the operating system.
So Microsoft has made some changes in the now-shipping Vista version of WGA. Instead of simply declaring counterfeit all copies of Vista that Microsoft can't prove beyond a shadow of a doubt are legitimate, Redmond has added a third option: "don't know." As far as I can tell, this doesn't change anything in the operation of the program, it simply changes the way customers will react to being notified that their copy is not considered "genuine." Computerworld - Microsoft WGA says: 'Prove your innocence'
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