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Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications

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    Aug. 22, 2007
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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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1 stars

"Tired of continually being suspected of piracy"

September 14, 2010  |  By thetroutman

 |  Version: Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications 1.7.0018


Nothing in particular


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


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


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".


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

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.7.0018
Version 1.7.0018.1 includes unspecified updates.
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date August 22, 2007
Date Added August 22, 2007
Version 1.7.0018
Category Security Software
Subcategory Privacy Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows/XP
Additional Requirements Windows XP
Download Information
File Size 1.27MB
File Name WindowsXP-KB905474-ENU-x86-Standalone.exe
Total Downloads 187,118
Downloads Last Week 151
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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