Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications

Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.0
out of 7 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.7.0018
File Size:
1.27MB
Date Added:
August 22, 2007
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows/XP
Total Downloads:
178,507
Downloads Last Week:
196
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows XP

Editors' review

This free utility determines whether your installed version of Windows is an authentic copy from Microsoft or a pirated version. Because its primary purpose is to provide information to Microsoft, some users may not see any real benefit to running this standalone executable.

On installation, Windows Genuine Advantage displays a small box while it runs a check on your system to authenticate your OS. While running this check, it connects to the Internet (but opens no browser window) to share information with Microsoft's corporate systems, verifying that your PC's license data matches stored information. After validation is complete, you're prompted to visit the Microsoft site for counsel on the benefits of running authentic Microsoft software--essentially a marketing ploy.

If the utility determines you have a pirated version of Windows, you'll be prompted to take steps to purchase an authentic version. (We didn't encounter this scenario in our tests, so we can't report exactly what occurs.) Following the initial check, Windows Genuine Advantage will automatically launch and connect to the Internet whenever you boot your PC.

Some users, already confident about the status of their operating system or simply not desiring to share info with Microsoft, may not want to install Windows Genuine Advantage at all. Other users may want Microsoft's stamp of approval and will be pleased with this utility's results.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    2.0

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 5
  • Current Version:

    2.0

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 1 stars

    "Tired of continually being suspected of piracy"

    September 14, 2010   |   By thetroutman

    Version: Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications 1.7.0018

    Pros

    Nothing in particular

    Cons

    Doesn't know when to quit, like a pit bull that doesn't quit biting

    Summary

    Once is enough. If you've sniffed my hardware, and find new microsoft products...that's fine, but enough is enough

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  • 4 stars

    "A "Need To Know" Tool That either,Can give you a "Head-Acke" or...Ease,Your Mind!"

    August 01, 2008   |   By nighttracker

    Version: Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications 1.7.0018

    Pros

    For someone that may Truly Need to know just in-case you made a 2nd-Hand purchase of your PC,this will show you if your Windows Program is "BOOT-LEGGED".And; You can be sure that some "ARE".

    Cons

    ...Can shadder some "nerves" If, your program is Bad.But...Atleast you will know...

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