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Ed Bott: Another WGA Failure

August 10th, 2006 by Kristan M. Kenney

Ed Bott, a respected journalist at ZDNet, has posted a very interesting article describing his encounter with Microsoft’s Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy system.

On July 18, Microsoft’s WGA team promised to send me a disk with a product key from their blocked list. It was supposed to arrive via overnight service, but it was never sent. After several follow-up messages, I was assured on July 26 I would have something by the end of that week. The package finally arrived the next week, on August 1. It contained a CD-R with a handwritten label that read “Windows XP SP2 – VLK,” and a 25-character product key on a small slip of paper.

Over the weekend, I hoisted the Jolly Roger, cleared a partition on a test machine, slid the CD into the drive, and prepared to join the ranks of Windows pirates. Unfortunately, the product key that Microsoft had sent me didn’t work.

Quite a good read, check it out at ZDNet.

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