Windows 7 WGA

Microsoft has published a blog post detailing the WGA – Windows Genuine Advantage – measures undertaken in Windows 7. Windows 7 uses a 30 day grace activation period in which the user should activate the operating system with a product key. We already mentioned that the same methods of extending the activation period – or more precisely to reset it – can be applied to Windows 7 (read: extend windows 7 trial period)

Windows 7 will begin informing the user that the operating system is not activated beginning three days after installation. The message will be displayed in the System Tray area with the option to activate the operating system right away. Windows 7 will from then on until day 27 inform the user the same way that the operating system has not been activated. After day 27th of not activating Windows 7 the frequency will increase to one notification every 4 hours. The notification will also contain additional information about the consequences of not updating the operating system.

After the 30 day activation period Windows 7 will post a notification every 60 minutes. It will also display a persistent desktop notification that Windows is not genuine and another message when the Control Panel is launched. Windows 7 will also turn the desktop background to the color black. This can be changed but the desktop will be reverted to black every 60 minutes. Lastly users will not be able to receive optional Windows update until their copy of Windows 7 has been activated.

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4 Responses to Windows 7 WGA

  1. Charlie February 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    sounds fair and about right… prefer this to happen rather than being locked out or ‘reduced functionality mode’.

  2. karol March 1, 2009 at 7:40 am #

    sounds fair for me too! but when they release RC? I’m tired of waiting. everything is so quiet about any win7 news. we should get more builds until april 10.

  3. smilingman March 3, 2009 at 2:02 am #

    I agree with all the above and can not see any thing unfair. I still feel that WGA is a waste and does not stop piracy in anyway.
    Lowing the cost of the product, improving costumer support and  creating a community of user that see MS products as a life style and not as tools they have to use.
    There will always be some piracy, the question is how much.

  4. savings March 9, 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    I can’t agree any less.The notification does sound fair. After all, this is an evaluation of software the user has not yet purchased. So, a reminder for 30 days is not uncalled for, in my opinion.

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