Validating windows xp sp3
After you install this update, you may have to restart your system.
Total: 1.5 MB , less than 1 minute I have heard nothing but bad things about wga, and I absolutely do not want it installed on my system (this answer seems to give some options).
If you can live without optional updates though, you'll be fine.
Microsoft would not be daft enough to deny anyone security updates (at least until XP is officially fully deprecated) as the extra abundance of hacked Windows machines causing hassle would be extra embarrassment.
The Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) has long been a major annoyance for a number of people.
Validation allows or stops you getting certain update patches and software like Window Media Player or Security Essentials.
When going to update.microsoft.com, it forced me first to accept an activex installation and now it wants me to install wga: Details Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool (KB892130) 1.1 MB , less than 1 minute The Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool enables you to verify that your copy of Microsoft Windows is genuine.
The tool validates your Windows installation by checking Windows Product Identification and Product Activation status.
Every set of updates would have to be examined in detail. Hiero2 - running Win XP and Linux mixed environment.
If you want to avoid most kinds of big brother stuff, then you need to use linux.
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While the Multiverse IT post is less to the point than earlier answers, it is relevant.