Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Jun 2006 12:56 UTC, submitted by John Mills
Windows "It's been known that the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) phones home for quite some time now. For most of us, we've come to live with Microsoft's decision to relegate the software to only contacting the company's servers once every few weeks . Of course, the software is only in beta right now, so what might happen once it goes into production? Will it phone home even less? Ed Bott has an idea. Bott has reason to believe that Microsoft might have a special treat in store for those that do not want any part of the WGA. Citing Dave Farber as his source, Bott thinks that the WGA could become mandatory for Windows users. Those that don't want to install the software must suffer the consequences - install it in 30 days or Windows will stop working, period."
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eantoranz
Member since:
2005-12-18

Nevermind.

Anyway... so you're the guy with a XP running for 4 years straight.... that's lovely, really. But take a look around. I don't think most people make it that long without reformatting their windows-running computer, do they?

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biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

"Anyway... so you're the guy with a XP running for 4 years straight.... that's lovely, really. But take a look around. I don't think most people make it that long without reformatting their windows-running computer, do they?"

Yes, they do. I reinstalled Windows XP 3 or 4 times just because I swapped the hard drive (I've been a bit unlucky with that). But my father's notebook is still running the ORIGINAL Windows 95B installation. It's _ten_ years old now. My father isn't an expert, when he had a problem I always fixed it without formatting anything.

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mym6 Member since:
2005-08-26

"Yes, they do. I reinstalled Windows XP 3 or 4 times just because I swapped the hard drive (I've been a bit unlucky with that)."

In this case you should look into Drive Snapshot, you'll find it at http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/ I bought this and it's absolutely the best way to backup your hard drive. It will image your drive while you're using it. You can then mount and map the image file as a virtual drive. When you need to restore the image to a new drive, it'll handle different size disks gracefully. It will also plow through a bad drive and image everything it can. It will tell you it has found a bad sector but then continue on so one bad file won't cause it to skip everything else. Incredibly handy.

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tryphcycle Member since:
2006-02-16

Windows95..... no THAT's a quality product!

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eMagius Member since:
2005-07-06

Not everyone is stupid enough to download and run untrustworthy programs from shady sources. I think you greatly overestimate the amount of people who do so (perhaps because they're overrepresented on pirate-friendly sites). In my experience, the vast majority of Windows users have never reformatted or reinstalled Windows.

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crispy Member since:
2005-06-30

Consider me a frequent re-installer. I've noticed that as time goes by (say 2-3 months) my Windows performance decreases. Defrag and the other tools only help in a very small way. I have to do a fresh install for any noticable improvements. On my girlfriend's computer, I have only reinstalled Windows once in the 3 years we've been together and she's content with it. Guess that's a power user vs. average user thing.

As far as WGA goes, I do find it invasive, but as long as it doesn't get in the way of my frequent install habit, then I'll deal with it. As long as I follow the terms (and I do, I use a different XP disc and key for each computer) I should be able to reinstall as many times as I see fit. All of this may be moot, because right now I spend 90% of my time in Ubuntu Dapper. I've even got the only game I play (WoW) running at a higher FPS then it does in Windows. The only thing that isn't working is my webcam, but it's not a big loss.

Edited 2006-06-28 17:56

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mym6 Member since:
2005-08-26

"Consider me a frequent re-installer. I've noticed that as time goes by (say 2-3 months) my Windows performance decreases. Defrag and the other tools only help in a very small way. I have to do a fresh install for any noticable improvements. On my girlfriend's computer, I have only reinstalled Windows once in the 3 years we've been together and she's content with it. Guess that's a power user vs. average user thing. "

The built in defrag in windows kinda stinks. I've never believed in defrag but I did try diskeeper lite and it actually made my work machine feel much better. Might be worth a try.

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