Are Windows Genuine Advantage Notification tool and IE 7.0 required? Should I upgrade both? IE 7.0 was a pain!
I downloaded IE 7.0 once, didn't like it, so returned to the older version. Now I'm getting notices for something called Windows Genuine Advantage Notification tool. Is this something required, and can I download it without upgrading to IE 7.0? Thanks
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
You don't need to download it, it has nothing to do with security. You can install it without IE7. I don't have it installed and never will install it.
"Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) is a controversial anti-piracy program initiated by Microsoft that requires users of Microsoft Windows to validate the authenticity of their copy of several recent Microsoft operating systems"
- 1 decade ago
Windows Genuine Advantage Tool is Microsoft's AntiPiracy 'tool' to tell if your copy of Windows is legit or not. If it is not legit you can't use Windows Update etc.
IE 7.0 as far as I know isn't required, I use IE 6 for Windows Update and Firefox 2.0 for browsing unless a site requires Internet Explorer.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Did you validate your copy of windows?
Genuine Advantage Notification tool only is notifying you because you have not validated your Widows XP or Vista
Without registering Windows, you are not allowed to use Microsoft update or download software from Microsoft.
You can also download from download.com
If you legally purchased Windows you can validate it.
I had a problem when I changed machines, I had to call Microsoft and they gave me a code to validate it.
If you receive a validation error:
- rlh242424Lv 61 decade ago
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