|WGA nowadays requires to be installed before any XP Updates can be installed.|
While on the Internet, open My Computer, then up in the Menu Bar, click HELP, then click "Is this copy of Windows legal"
Description of Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA)
Description of the Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications application
NEWS STORY ABOUT MS Tues.7-26-05:
If the program detects a counterfeit copy, it will offer two options:
_Customers who fill out a piracy report, provide proof of purchase and send in the counterfeit CDs will get a free copy of
Windows Home Edition, which retails for $199, or Windows Professional, which sells for $299.
_Those who simply submit a piracy report — giving details of when, where and from whom the operating system was purchased —
and send in the counterfeit copy will get either version of Windows at half price.
The authentication process was optional until Monday. From now on, it will be required for all software updates except