Windows Genuine Advantage

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computing: software: Microsoft: Windows: WGA


Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) is a service provided by Microsoft which allows users of Microsoft Windows to use certain online services including Windows Update. Microsoft requires copies of Windows to be validated before it will grant access to WGA services.


Is WGA a "service" or a "set of services"? Does validation take place each time a service is accessed? If so, is input required from the user, or is the process transparent? My understanding was that once an installation of Windows has been validated, the services included in WGA will then recognize that installation as valid, with no further intervention, but the wording in Wikipedia isn't entirely clear on this point. At some point I'll check Microsoft's wording on the issue, but I don't expect that to be much better. --Woozle 14:54, 2 July 2006 (EDT)




  • Linux Genuine Advantage™ "is an exciting and mandatory new way for you to place your computer under the remote control of an untrusted third party!"