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  • I have a question that I would appreciate receiving a genuine, thought-out answer, not just a form letter from microsoft.  Please take some time, read my question, let it sink in, formulate an answer and respond.

    With all the problems and complaints about WGA, why is it still used.  Software pirates have been getting around WGA since it was first introduced and the only people who are effected by it are the legitimate windows users.  It is obvious the system does not work, because if it did, there would be no forum talking about validation issues that is filled with complaints about WGA problems.

    Remember, think about an actual answer, do not just give me a form letter in response.  I look forward to your answer.
    • Changed type Stephen Holm Monday, September 22, 2008 5:06 PM Changing to Question
    • Changed type Stephen Holm Monday, September 22, 2008 5:06 PM Changing to Question
    Saturday, September 20, 2008 8:03 PM

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  • This is the #1 complaint with each and every DRM infrastructure on the market today.  Legitimate users are burdened and made to feel like thieves, while the thieves are happily using the software with just a couple of clicks.  Windows is certainly not the only guilty party on this.  If you get lucky enough for Windows to work, try to load some games.  It's terrible.
    Saturday, September 20, 2008 10:07 PM
  • I completely agree, but it would still be nice to know why.  I've talked to pirates about why they do it (and the answers are mostly about the DRM), so now I am looking to see if a company will answer the question as well.
    Saturday, September 20, 2008 11:40 PM

  •  WGA is designed to thwart software piracy.  Software piracy is considered stealing.  Stealing is against the law.  When you visit a bank to cash a check, they verify your personal ID before completing the transaction.  If your ID checks out, you are able to cash the check.  If your ID is bogus or the check is bogus, you have broken the law and may have to face the consequences of your crime.  Please review the following:

    Windows Genuine Advantage - FAQ: http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/downloads/FAQ.aspx

    Know the facts: http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/knowthefacts/

    Raids in Southern China Target $2 Billion Global Software Counterfeiting Syndicate:
    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/jul07/07-24CounterfeitingSyndicatePR.mspx




    Please note: I am not a Microsoft employee...only a voluntary forum contributor.
    Sunday, September 21, 2008 6:55 PM
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  • Carey Frisch said:


     WGA is designed to thwart software piracy.  Software piracy is considered stealing.  Stealing is against the law.  When you visit a bank to cash a check, they verify your personal ID before completing the transaction.  If your ID checks out, you are able to cash the check.  If your ID is bogus or the check is bogus, you have broken the law and may have to face the consequences of your crime.  Please review the following:

    Windows Genuine Advantage - FAQ: http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/downloads/FAQ.aspx

    Know the facts: http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/knowthefacts/

    Raids in Southern China Target $2 Billion Global Software Counterfeiting Syndicate:
    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/jul07/07-24CounterfeitingSyndicatePR.mspx




    Please note: I am not a Microsoft employee...only a voluntary forum contributor.


    Oh, the idea behind WGA (and other forms of DRM) is noble, it's the implementation that fails.  It basically becomes a hassle for legitimate users, whilst the pirates get stripped down, fully cracked, and fully operational software without the fuss.  Now, obviously, I don't know how to stop piracy.  If I did, I would not be posting here, but sipping fruity drinks with umbrellas in them on a beach somewhere, retired in my early 30's.  Alas, I am not.
    Monday, September 22, 2008 12:49 AM