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2007/03/26

The Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) update appeared on the Toph's XP system again, and he remembered he does not want this spyware. The Toph did a search on this, since he can't remember what he did before and why. First, why? Since the purpose of operating system patching, if done at all, should be strictly related to security and function to the benefit of the user, not DRM that cripples the machine at boot to the benefit of the operating system licenser; therefore Toph opts not to install this update.

Action: Perform the search as above and identify appropriate solutions such as discussed and directed in these three pages. In the Toph's case, the less radical remedy described in the last page worked fine before, and should continue to do so. It's important to apply all steps so that other users to the Toph's machine won't go ahead and unwittingly install this ill-directed "update" at shutdown. The Toph wishes he didn't have to waste his time (and the casual reader's time) on this, but hopes this account helps others.

posted by TT 6:27 PM

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