Microsoft's "Geniune Advantage" cracked within 24 hours

How to get around the latest Microsoft privacy intrusion.

This week saw the start of the so-called Microsoft "Genuine Advantage" - supposedly a new initiative from Redmond to "ensure a secure update experience". Anyone who can put two and two together, of course, realizes that it is just a way for the trolls at Microsoft to force you to start entering your serial number for Windoze XP every time that you use Windows Update. Either you buy XP, or they trace your nasty illegal copy when you try and patch however many security holes are found in the OS this week. The mandatory serial validation started Thursday at 12:01 am.

Luckily (for you, not for the wanks in Redmond) the fabled Microsoft emphasis on security was in full force here, and less than 24 hours later the "Genuine Advantage" is genuinely cracked. If you want to keep current on your XP installation, but don't want to (or cant) provide your serial information just paste this text into the location bar before pressing either the "Custom" or "Express" buttons when you are running Windows Update:


Now press "Enter" and continue normally. This turns off the trigger for the serial checking routing.

HOT TIP: You will need to do this every time you run Windows Update. Have fun.

Posted: Fri - July 29, 2005 at 12:08 AM