Yes, I read some of the very recent articles regarding Microsofts desire to have the program ping the Microsoft servers everyday, and now they're backtracking a little by saying they'll scale back the check-ins to every few days, or perhaps once a week. That still sux, because other than checking validation, no one really knows what this thing is doing. It was hacked barely 24 hours after it was beta released in July of last year, so even Microsoft must know Software rights management, particularly software that continually speaks to their own servers, is a touchy "freedom" issue as well as a dead stick - there's always someone who can hack the hacker. here's the key solution to your above comment that it was downloaded to everybody: Don't let Windows "Express Install". Use the advanced feature so you can choose which security fixes and apps are being installed from the Microsoft server. Turn OFF Microsoft Auto-Update, so you receive NO updates. Most of them are security hot fixes anyway, and usually won't affect your overall computing experience. If you're real hardcore, and you did download the spy app, do a fresh install of Windows, which will roll back to a previous version, hopefully SP2, and then let Windows Update go to work, but remember to Advance install so you can pick your fixes. If it downloaded to your computer, basically you let it download on your computer. I just did an auto update on my laptop, ran the advanced install selection, and unchecked the Validation app, but let microsoft do its work. My favorite line comes from a reader comment just after this article, regarding the over-pinging of the Microsoft servers verifying our OS daily: http://arstechnica.com/journals/micr.../2006/6/7/4253
Originally Posted by JoeyGeraci
Am I just ****ing insane, or is it not possible for Windows to "stop" being genuine? How does Windows lose it's "genuineness"?