Just when you thought that Microsoft's WGA problems were
over with the release
of an updated version of the utility and instructions on how to remove
older versions completely, things have taken a turn for the worse. A Los
Angeles resident is now suing the software giant saying that it violated
Brian Johnson is seeking class-action status for his claims
that Microsoft was too light on the details when it delivered its WGA
anti-piracy utility to Windows based machines. As detailed in the suit,
"Microsoft effectively installed the WGA software on consumers' systems
without providing consumers any opportunity to make an informed choice about
A spokesman for Microsoft dismissed the charges and
responded that the WGA utility is installed only after the user gives
permission to do so. The Seattle Post
disputed that assertion and said the suit shouldn't obscure what he called the
"real issue," software piracy. "The WGA program was carefully
developed to focus on what is really an industrywide problem in a manner that
is lawful, and provides customers with the confidence and assurance that
they're running legitimate software," he said.
For those of you still want to get rid of the WGA utility
and don't want to jump through hoops by editing the registry, a new utility
has been released to make the process much easier.
quote: Its a free country. You're free to avoid products you don't like, and companies are (or should be) free to design products as they wish, and protect them in any manner they so desire.
quote: Nowhere does Microsoft define "critical update" in a manner which disallows WGA
quote: at worst though, it will make people leary of setting their systems to use automatic updates, which would be more harmfull in the long run.
quote: Nowhere does Microsoft define "critical update" in a manner which disallows WGA.
quote: Furthermore, one could certainly argue that WGA does provide "security", by safeguarding users against purchasing pirated copies of Windows.