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Bill and Steve’s Bogus Advantage – Removing Windows Genuine Advantage

Posted in Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, Technology by engtech on July 29, 2006

One of my boxes managed to get hit by the Windows Genuine Advantage “upgrade” even though it is a Windows Genuine Advantage -- Windows Bogus Advantagelegitimate copy. Apparently, this is happening more times than Microsoft would like to admit.

The “Genuine Advantage” is supposed to be an incentive for the following reasons:

  • Avoiding the “this copy is not genuine” constant nagging that is supposed to embarrass you in front of friends, families, and co-workers. Like booting Windows when you are a ‘nix geek wasn’t bad enough.
  • Avoiding the fear, uncertainty and doubt from pop-ups that “Your computer is at risk!”.
  • Software features that are available to Genuine Advantage users only (this will be more prevalent in Windows Vista).
  • Installing “optional” upgrades like the .NET Framework that are a requirement for any modern Windows “freeware”.

Thankfully, through the wonders of poorly designed technology, it is simple to disable this nagware. AI’s lounge offers five techniques for disabling the “Genuine Advantage”, I chose #3 and it worked like a charm for getting rid of the nagware (but I’m still locked out from the “Genuine Advantage” featured upgrades).

Is posting such information breaking the ridiculous U.S. DMCA? I’d say no considering that Microsoft provides some of the methods of disabling it on their website. There are also allegations that it is spyware since it “phones home” to Microsoft every time you boot your computer, even if you have a legitimate copy.

>> A.i.’s Lounge » This copy of Windows is not genuine

>> Lauren Weinstein’s Blog: Windows XP Update May Be Classified As “Spyware”

>> Lauren Weinstein’s Blog: Microsoft Responds Regarding Windows XP Update vs. Spyware

>> Linux Genuine Advantage


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  1. engtech said, on August 16, 2006 at 3:29 am

    Ego-surfing: This post is #3 on Google if you search for “this copy is not genuine”.

  2. [...] Bill and Steve’s Bogus Advantage – Turning off Microsoft Genuine Advantage legally [...]

  3. engtech said, on September 09, 2006 at 11:52 pm

    #1 on Google for “this copy is not genuine”

  4. [...] In Bill and Steve’s Bogus Advantage I talked about how to disable the annoying pop-ups that appear if you are running a Windows XP machine that doesn’t pass their cryptic tests. [...]

  5. [...] Bill and Steve’s Bogus Advantage – Turning off Microsoft Genuine Advantage legally [...]

  6. A genuine advantage « Sungame said, on August 14, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    [...] of us, Engtech at Internet Duct Tape has done more than just whining about the problem. In a recent post he has listed several ways to get rid of this annoying spyware once and for all. That is what I [...]

  7. Daniel said, on April 25, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Why would you want to get rid of it??? Just buy the freaking O.S. and be LEGITIMATE!

  8. daisy said, on April 27, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Please,anyone, I am female,great grandmother,uses her computer to pass these days along. My stupid self must have touched something cause my screen now is upside down. I almost had it ,lost it tho, when one is 76, that is easy,please help me. thank you. Missdasilee


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