Since this is "Windows XP Home and Professional" I assume you have XP.
If you go to the control panel>add/remove & put a checkmark in the box at the top that says Show Updates by it & you have WGA installed it will show as,"Windows Genuine Advantade Validation Tool (KB892130)
If you do a file search for WGA & find, WGA Tray, WGALogon.dll, & WGAErrLog you have WGA installed.
If you install CCleaner in the "Tools" feature if you have WDA installed it will be listed as "Windows Genuine Advantade Validation Tool (KB892130)
As for WGA being a good thing or bad it's a matter of opinion.
The fact is XP has to be activated when it is installed.
In my opinion WGA is spyware pure & simple.
It is an inyrusive program that constantly monitors your computer & sends information back to MS on a regular basis.
That fully fits the accepted description of spyware.
The only reason MS keeps pushing WGA out is no court has gotten serious with MS.
They find MS guilty & give them a 15 millon dollar fine.
MS makes over a billion dollars a DAY.
They throw the fine money at the court knowning they make it back in 10 minutes & put WGA right back in automatic updates.
If the court fined them 15 BILLIBON instead THAT would have an impact.
MS claims WGA is a "Piracy preventative" utility.
The truth of the matter is it's simply a scare tatic marketing tool to try & scare people in to buying something they already paid for.
Edited by fairjoeblue, 14 June 2009 - 10:23 PM.
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