Microsoft will soon start pushing out a new version of its controversial Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications antipiracy tool to Windows XP users.
The updated WGA Notifications package includes additional changes in response to continued criticism Microsoft has faced over the software, the company said on Tuesday. In the month of June, Microsoft had faced lots of criticism, see previous posts:
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In the latest update, Microsoft has changed the installation procedure of the tool so it's clearer to people what it does, said David Lazar, director of the Windows Genuine program at Microsoft. In the original version, WGA Notifications displayed only a wordy user license, which people don't typically read.
"We received a lot of feedback that people wanted more information when the package came down through Automatic Updates and was offered to them," Lazar said. The first screen of the new version gives an introduction to WGA Notifications in plain English, explains the benefit and the possible consequences if the XP copy is pirated, he said.”
In the new version, Microsoft has also changed the wording of the warning displayed on PCs that are found to be running a pirated copy of Windows. The old "This copy of Windows is not genuine" was too accusatory and people didn't understand it, Lazar said. The new version states: "Your system did not pass genuine validation."
Finally, Microsoft has improved the process to help users get a legitimate Windows license if needed. The old system had several glitches, Lazar said. The updated WGA Notifications tool will be gradually pushed out via Automatic Updates during the next weeks and months, according to Microsoft.