Get yer patches on ISO images, downloadable free from Micro$oft! Avoid Windows Genuine Advantage, while still protecting yourself! Give patches to your friends who don't have broadband! Support Aunt Minnie!
Well, the credible Brian Livingston reports
..Microsoft's in-house Windows Update routine is now likely to download marketing gimmicks such as Windows Genuine Advantage to your PC. I advised all Windows users, other than novices, to turn off Automatic Updates.
And, InfoWorld's Ed Foster chimes in:
...the WGA false negatives are leading to increasing number of situations where customers run afoul of XP's product activation, leaving them to beg Microsoft and/or their PC vendor to help.
"A Mr. Rajiv Malhotra with Microsoft's New Delhi office told me that installing software -- any software -- can trigger the activation process all over again. And that condition extends to third party software. A Mike Russell, also with Microsoft and somewhere in Eastern Europe, I think, confirmed that Microsoft may choose to require reactivation at any time, for any reason - and that installing third-party applications from companies like Adobe could very well trigger reactivation."
So, why not go bare, and not worry? Because the frequency and the speed with which exploits (hacks, viruses, trojans, all that malware) appear keep getting worse. Want to spend hundred of dollars in a possibly futile effort to recover your system and its data? Or, want to start from scratch and reinstall everything? Due diligence demands dedicated patching.
So, if you have not made the conversion to Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xbuntu (free classes at Freegeek!)or some other flavor of *ix (including Mac OS X),
and Update Safely