Oh goodie. Microsoft is going to update WGA [Windows Genuine Advantage] in order to make it simpler. So if I read the explanation that Microsoft is providing, it seems that customers have asked for this. Customers want the simplest way possible to know if their copy of Windows is real or a fake. Microsoft also states that they are concentrating their efforts on Windows XP Pro, because this is where the pirates hang out.

So what happens if your copy of Windows XP comes up as a fake? This:

With this update to WGA Notifications in Windows XP, we’ve implemented a couple of related features that draw on the notifications experience we designed for Windows Vista SP1. After installing this version of WGA Notifications on a copy of Windows XP that fails the validation, most users will discover on their next logon that their desktop has changed to a plain black background from whatever was there previously (see below).

Plain Black Background

And you will also get this warning:

 Persistent Desktop Notification

I’m excited about how this release balances our goals of providing a great experience to those who have genuine Windows and at the same time creating a compelling experience for those who have non-genuine copies to get genuine Windows. As usual I welcome your feedback about this latest release and the program overall. Thanks for reading!

I’m glad someone is excited about this. My only gripe is when WGA doesn’t work correctly, which has happened in the past, a few million or so users suffered. Trying to get your system back up and running as the genuine article can be trying to say the least.

Just one question? Did anyone here call Microsoft and ask for a new WGA ? 🙂

Comments welcome.

Microsoft blog release.