Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) Give Wrong Validation to 12.000 Windows Users ~ Download and Review Software

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) Give Wrong Validation to 12.000 Windows Users

In last friday, some users of Microsoft mistaken their copies of Windows XP and Vista as fraudelent by Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA).

During the 20 hours, users who buy Windows and attempt to re-validate their copies of Windows XP or Vista were told that their Windows software could not be validated because it is a victim of fraudelent.

For Windows Vista Users, failing the validation check puts the system in a reduced functionality mode, disabling the Ready Boost cache utility, the Windows Aero interface, and non-critical security procedures in Windows Defender.

The issue of this processing validations began at Friday afternoon at about 3:30 PM Pacific time. And by about 11:15 AM Pacific on Saturday the issue affecting the validation service had been resolved such that validations were again being processed properly.

The Microsoft's data shows that fewer than 12,000 systems were affected worldwide and that many of those have already revalidated and are fixed.

All customers who received this incorrect validation can fix their system. Go to and click the ‘Validate Windows' button in the upper right area of the homepage. After successfully revalidating any affected system should be rebooted to ensure the genuine-only features are restored.

For customers who need additional support Microsoft already offers free support for WGA issues starting with diagnostics and other tools and information. In North America support for WGA issues is available at 1-866-530-6599. Internationally it varies somewhat so to find out more about our support options go to (there's a link to technical support at the bottom of the page).

ABOUT Windows Genuine Advantage

Microsoft Genuine Advantage programs will help users to know their software genuine or not. Microsoft genuine software (MGA) is published by Microsoft, properly licensed, and supported by Microsoft or an authorized partner, giving you full capabilities, access to all the latest updates, and confidence that you are getting the experience you expect. The program is part of Microsoft's Genuine Software Initiative that focuses the company's many activities and investments directed at combating software counterfeiting and other forms of software piracy into a single coordinated effort. It's part of Microsoft's commitment to help protect the industry, to help protect Microsoft's intellectual property, and to help you avoid problems before they happen.

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