XP "genuine advantage" Big Brother nightmares

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by xp ?, Jun 4, 2006.

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    MJSOI Guest

    Please tell how to Uninstall Genuine Advantage? I looked under "add/remove
    programs under Control Panel & do not see it listed! While I did receive
    instructions telling how to unable auto dial internet connection, that has
    not been done yet. Reason is I suspect more conflicts from this worthless
    update. Worthless due to:
    1. Win XP on my PC has been registered with MS since the day I bought it &
    MS should know that & not send me Genuine Advantage.
    2. All other Win XP updates were instaled in past. MS should again know that
    my copy of Win XP is legal!
    3. Retore to before Gen Adv has been done which turned off Auto dial.
    4. This Newsgroup web site runs very slow. My time is being wasted.
    5. User is considering turning off update notification to get rid of the
    shield icon on my task bar.
    6. This user is upset & pissed off for being tortured by MS when I did
    nothing wrong.
    MJSOI, Jun 6, 2006
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  2. Genuine Advantage cannot be uninstalled. It is a permanent feature.
    Robin Walker [MVP], Jun 6, 2006
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    Alias Guest

    Actually, it can. There are tools that will do the job, although Windows
    Add/Remove isn't one of them. You'd think an "MVP" would know that ...

    Alias, Jun 6, 2006
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    Jeff Guest

    Now Now Alias,
    You really want "Big Brother" to get upset with you?
    Jeff, Jun 6, 2006
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    Alias Guest

    For what, telling the truth? I'm still waiting for someone to verify if
    one flashes the BIOS or replaces a hard drive whether I will have to buy
    another copy of XP, speaking of "telling the truth".

    Alias, Jun 6, 2006
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    Jeff Guest

    If WGA collects all that extra info just to validate it's o.s. ; you
    better believe they'de know if you change the"engine". Oh; I digress
    however, WGA isn't a "bad" thing; it's a "GOOD" thing. Just ask various
    MVP's and other's;including MS banker's-LOL
    Jeff, Jun 6, 2006
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    Jeff Guest

    I'm sorry; I stated last night that I'm done with this isssue. Everyone
    for themselves over this;from now on. I've pointed out said deceit;so many
    times; I'm tiring of it. And if MS decides that KB905474's methodology will
    become the way they do business;and make it a requirement to do business
    with them; then they will lose my business
    Jeff, Jun 6, 2006
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    Jeff Guest

    Bye for now-reformating;to wipe my pc clean of any hint of WGA.
    just so happens, it's brand new;so nothing "mission critical" on it yet.
    Jeff, Jun 6, 2006
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    antioch Guest

    Hello MJSOI
    Lots of us are pizzed off with WGA for a lot of different reasons.

    If you want to moan/have a problem or whatever, go here


    OR here


    There are some fixes to get rid of it - have not read anyone who has any
    result though.
    Its with you 'for life' sitting on your computer watching what you are doing
    :) :)
    antioch, Jun 6, 2006
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    Robert W. Guest

    I have replaced an 80GB drive with a 160GB drive and I didn't hear a peep
    from WPA.
    Robert W., Jun 6, 2006
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    Alias Guest

    I found the answer at the WGA web forum:

    "Absolutely not... The WGA process follows the guidelines of our normal
    Product Activation Business rules."

    Alias, Jun 6, 2006
  12. Well, even though I'm technically ignorant, I disabled it this morning
    (because I had a nightmare about it last night).

    Now Microsoft Update wants to reinstall it again. I told it not to
    bother me anymore, at which point it asserted that it is a critical
    update and that my computer might be at risk.

    Rhonda Lea Kirk

    Insisting on perfect safety is for people
    without the balls to live in the real world.
    Mary Shafer Iliff
    Rhonda Lea Kirk, Jun 6, 2006
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    Alias Guest

    Which is a baldfaced lie.

    Alias, Jun 6, 2006
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    R. McCarty Guest

    Alias, believe it's "Boldface(d)" - did give me a good laugh.
    I had to check with Dictionary.Com to discover Baldface is
    a type of duck.
    R. McCarty, Jun 6, 2006
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    Alias Guest

    I stand corrected.

    Alias, Jun 6, 2006
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    Alias Guest

    No wonder my Thunderbird spell check didn't flag it ;-)

    Alias, Jun 6, 2006
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    Robert Moir Guest

    I replied on that question, and gave you the best answer I had. And I
    *always* tell the truth as I see it. You actually replied to me on that one,
    so I'm not sure why you feel you're still waiting. By all means disagree
    with me, by all means dislike my answers (I don't like the hand waving about
    OEM stuff myself) but you haven't been ignored.

    If I remember rightly, the answers were

    BIOS - "Generally no, but with the OEM stuff there might be some issues if
    you use a BIOS image that isn't from the OEM" - this is why I advise
    avoiding that stuff if you can

    Hard Disk - "Definately not." I've swapped hard disks around and done fresh
    installs / re-images and also moved installs around using Ghost with no

    MVPs are not perfect. We don't know everything and we do make mistakes.

    Rob Moir, Microsoft MVP
    Blog Site - http://www.robertmoir.com
    Virtual PC 2004 FAQ - http://www.robertmoir.co.uk/win/VirtualPC2004FAQ.html
    I'm always surprised at "professionals" who STILL have to be asked "Have you
    checked (event viewer / syslog)".
    Robert Moir, Jun 6, 2006
  18. Every now and again it's possible for all participants to be
    correct...or incorrect...depending on how you look at it. :)

    Be sure to check the supporting links.




    Rhonda Lea Kirk

    Insisting on perfect safety is for people
    without the balls to live in the real world.
    Mary Shafer Iliff
    Rhonda Lea Kirk, Jun 6, 2006
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    Alias Guest

    Alias, Jun 7, 2006
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    FeMaster Guest


    It's not with me... I read the description of all downloads before I
    authorize their install... After reading it, I knew right away it was going
    to be nothing but trouble. Never downloaded it, NEVER WILL!
    FeMaster, Jun 9, 2006
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