Win XP: Should I allow the Windows Genuine Advantage update

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Moof1904, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2004
    The title says it all: I have a perfectly legitimate copy of XP and one of the updates that the windows updater wants to run is to install the Windows Genuine Advantage software. I know what WGA is and what it's purpose is and I think it's nothing more than a pain in the butt for honest people. But, since I am an honest XP owner, is there any advantage to letting it install? Does it allow future updates or something that would be impossible without it? I've heard that SP3 won't update unless the WGA crap has been installed first.

    Basically, for honest people, do the benefits of letting WGA install outweigh the disadvantages?
  2. Wind Owl macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2008
    Um, yeah, just install it. It doesn't harm anything and you need it for updates and MS software like AppLocale and ProcExp.
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I just don't install any new WGA stuff unless they force me to. You can choose not to install the update. I'm running off of a slipstreamed XP SP3 disc right now.
  4. RITZFit macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2007
    In my Corner
    a new ones pops up every few months. Your gonna have to install them eventually in order to get any new updates. if your copy is legit then there's nothing to worry about
  5. Moof1904 thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2004
    I guess my concern is that the WGA will flake out and falsely believe I haven't paid sufficient homage to M$ and cripple itself for some reason at the most inconvenient time and I'll have to spend hours on the phone to get XP working right again.

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