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How To Disable Windows Piracy Warnings

The latest update to Windows Genuine Advantage brings to U.S. users popups messages designed to annoy users who have installed pirated versions of Windows. Now, while I don’t condone stealing Windows, I do understand that there are rare occasions were a person might need to do it, and, more importantly, that there are people who want to know how to disable these popups whether or not I agree with them.

What I am saying is, even if I think you are doing the wrong thing, that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t report that there are already websites explaining how to disable the messages. One person wrote a Digg that explains the whole process, which involves renaming two system files. However, a poster at Broadband Reports says that if any of the files are modified, Windows Update will restore the files. You know what they’re calling it? Genuine Advantage Notification, or NAG in reverse.

TechNewsWorld has an interesting quote:

“A recent IDC/BSA study showed that if the piracy rate were to drop to 25 percent, it would create as many as 2.4 million new jobs, $400 billion in economic growth and $67 billion in tax revenues worldwide,” Neil MacBride, vice president of legal affairs at Business Software Alliance, told TechNewsWorld.

April 27th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General, Security, Windows, XP | no comments
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