What if no internet access after WGA installed RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a bunch of HPs each with it's own retail copy of XP Pro hooked up to a private network with no internet access.    Last week we took them off the private LAN and each made a visit to windowsupdate.microsoft.com to get the last few months updates - which included the controversial WGA.  The updates went fine. The computers are now back on the private LAN and won't have internet access for the forseeable future.  Contrary to what's been made public, a lot of posts on this forum are from unhappy customers being denied their desktops cause WGA can't phone home to do whatever it is it does.

    Should I expect these computers to throw up the license (oobe) wizard at some point cause WGA can't get an answer phoning home?




    Wednesday, July 5, 2006 2:32 PM


  • Steven,

    The worldwide rollout version of the Notifications Tool does not check back with a MS server to see if it should turn itself off.  Pilot program versions did.  For more info on uninstalling pilot versions, installing the worldwide version, or for general info see this post:  http://forums.microsoft.com/Genuine/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=510922&SiteID=25

    The WGA function, which is different from the Notifications Tool, only comes into play when a computer logs onto Windows/Microsoft Update or MS Downloads.  Since your computers will not do that until the next time you put them on the internet, you will not experience any WGA-related issues.

    Product activation, which is different from WGA, is the same as it has been since 2001.  PA checks its own internal database to make sure it is still installed on the same or reasonably similar collection of hardware.  If not, you will be prompted to Activate, which can be done telephonically if there is no internet connection.

    Wednesday, July 5, 2006 3:53 PM