Microsoft is always trying to address software piracy issues and recently expanded a pilot of the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) program that provides notifications to consumers using non-genuine Microsoft Windows XP.
It will notify users when their Windows software is not genuine and pester them to buy genuine original windows. There was a recent controversy that was it spyware… Microsoft clarified some of the issues sorrounding the WGA Notifications.
WGA Notifications reminds users who fail validation that they are not running genuine Windows and directs them to resources to learn more about the benefits of using genuine Windows software.
WGA Notifications checks whether a newer settings file is available and downloads the file if one is found. The settings file provides Microsoft with the ability to update how often reminders are displayed and to disable the program if necessary during the test period.
As a result of customer concerns around performance, we are changing this feature to only check for a new settings file every 14 days. This change will be made in the next release of WGA. Also, this feature will be disabled when WGA Notifications launches worldwide later this year.
And they confirm that Windows notifications is not spyware because “WGA is installed with the consent of the user and seeks only to notify the user if a proper license is not in place.” Never buy counterfeit or pirated software, always buy original software!