Validating windows xp sp3
Also, there is Windows Genuine Advantage Validation and Windows Genuine Advantage Notification, these are 2 different things.
Validation allows or stops you getting certain update patches and software like Window Media Player or Security Essentials.
You won't be able to use the Windows Update web site - just the local client, and you'll need to be careful with that as WGA creeps in unexpectedly with other updates (make sure you always do a custom download install of updates).
Caveat: I long since gave up trying to avoid WGA, though I've not stopped resenting the "guilty until proven innocent" attitude it implies.
What about later updates whenever a new problem is discovered, how can i update without using wga?
Without WGA installed you will have trouble installing any optional updates from Microsoft though there are presumably "ways and means" if you have the time to search for them and the determination to avoid Windows-Genuine-Spyware.
The Notifications tool phones home every 2 weeks to validate Windows with several bits of information about your PC including the Windows product key, computer make, model and BIOS information, region and language settings, Windows version and product key, and also the hard drive serial number as well as a few other bits of data and information.
Note also, that you will not be able to avoid it at all if you upgrade to Vista or Windows 7.
Since the only thing WGA does is phone home and share machine gossip, then "bad things" are phoning home, and sharing machine gossip. On this point, the OP might want to read this thread on the Microsoft forums, since it discusses the two levels (types) of WGA, and how they "phone home".
This and the way it was pushed onto systems quietly in the early days has led many people to label WGA as borderline spyware. If the Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications rightly or wrongly detects a not genuine Windows XP, You’ll get this on boot: The Resolve Now button will take you to Microsoft where they try and sell you the latest Windows as XP isn’t available any more.
The Resolve Later will allow you to boot, but all is not well on the desktop: Three things happen to your desktop; firstly, the background goes black and although you can add your own wallpaper back in, it will be reset to black again every 60 minutes while the activation status is failed.