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 Jul 21, 2006 - 11:29 AM - by Michael
* Microsoft advocate bitten by WGA

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Microsoft, could you NOW please cut this nonsense out?

Paul Thurrott - one of the 'net's better known Windows advocates - has been bitten by WGA, which is messing up his PC by assuming his copy of Windows XP is pirated.



Truthfully, I can only imagine what triggered these alerts. The software was installed to a VM a long time ago and archived on my server. I no doubt used a copy of XP MCE 2005 that I had received as part of my MSDN subscription. If the WGA alerts are to be believed, it's possible that Microsoft thinks I've installed this software on too many machines, though that seems unlikely to me. I can't really say.

Anyway, that's what it looks like to be a suspected pirate. Like many people who will see these alerts, I don't believe I did anything wrong. I'm sure that's going to be a common refrain in this new era of untrusting software and companies. Ah well.
Congratulations, Microsoft. Keep it up and I'm sure you'll start driving people to Linux out of disgust.
 

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