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I live in the Fortress of Solitude. I drive the Silver Beast. My obsession is justice. I used to be a Windows software developer. I retired in 2000 when my stock options helped me achieve financial security.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Vista Wars II

I have a big problem with WGA. If you need to replace your motherboard, hard drive, and power supply—as I did recently for my girlfriend's computer when it suffered a catastrophic meltdown—you then need to go to Microsoft with cap in hand, begging them to let you install Windows. Most of the time, they’ll be reasonable (you hope) and give you a new key. But that’s not guaranteed.

There are well-documented examples on the Internet of Windows users who have been locked out of their computer for no fault of their own. Chances are, you’ll get away with it, but the fact is, you’re taking a gamble with WGA.

Why should consumers have to put up with this nonsense?


On 1/29/07 1:46 PM, "Ajith Shanmuganathan" wrote:

I have no problem with WGA, if you don't authenticate the software it'll go into safe mode. If you have to re-install the software, your old key should work.


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