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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Genuine Advantage can be disabled!

Remember that Genuine Advantage thing? Well, it seems that windows update maintainers are retarded in the head. They apparently left a javascript which disables the GA check on the server. According to boingboing, you can skip the verification procedure by simply doing the following:

HBefore pressing 'Custom' or 'Express' buttons paste this text into the addesss bar and press enter:

javascript:void(window.g_sDisableWGACheck='all')


How long will this work? I don't know. But if I was Microsoft I would be removing this js script right now. Unless of course the windows update site is such a mess that they no longer know where it is located :P

Or maybe they do want to leave this backdoor in? Maybe this was left for sysadmins china and India and other countries which were kinda thinking about switching to Linux. As long as people can run an illegal windows copy, there is very little incentive for them to switch to alternative OS.

Once you cut off illegal copies from updates, all the responsible users in the poorer countries have to take drastic steps. They can either run unpatched OS, or switch to Linux (or they can actually buy the license if they can afford it). So I can see a big push from sysadmins in these countries to switch to alternative OS. On the other hand, if the GA can be easily bypassed these admins can still ride the system for another few years - maintaining market dominance of the windows platform. As long as windows is dominant, some people will buy it - even in the poorest nation. On the other hand, if Windows becomes a fringe OS, no one will be willing to pay big bucks for it.

If they wont fix it soon, you will know that I was right about this. MS loves "pirates" because they help them to maintain market dominance. GA is implemented not to curb "piracy" but to do unauthorized reg scans on unsuspecting users.


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