Validating windows xp pro
Microsoft has indicated that they will continue to deliver critical security updates through their Automatic Updates service as well as via the Microsoft Download Center, so that all systems, including those that fail to pass validation, will still continue to receive critical security updates.The company has made installation of Windows Genuine Advantage a requirement for use of the Windows Update and Microsoft Update websites, in part to be sure that customers who use support resources of the company are aware when their software is unlicensed.Windows Vista SP1 has removed this behavior and reverted to the nag-only methods of Windows XP.The notification tool has been accused of spyware-like behavior, "phoning home" on a daily basis.
Microsoft also offers discounts to people who want to purchase a legitimate copy of Windows but do not have a valid CD.
It does not cover other versions of the Windows NT family, such as Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, or the Windows 9x family.
The Active X control however checks Windows 2000 Professional licenses as well.
As of July 2006, the latest update blocks management by other means.
The program uses either a stand-alone program to generate a key or an Active X control to discover whether the license key is valid; either way an Internet connection is required.
According to Microsoft themselves, it is legal to run Microsoft Windows without Windows Genuine Advantage.