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Windows 7: Installed new Activation Technologies . . .

14 Mar 2010   #71
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
I agree with you. I wonder why MS withdrew it.
Could it be that MS has a few people smart enough to realize that this "update" would alienate a lot of their customers? If not, they should have. Despite the fact that there are some of this forum's oligarchy that seems to think that this is a good idea, I sometimes think that these members are those with a vested interest in MS, or in software development in general, rather than a typical private user.


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14 Mar 2010   #72
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I stated in another thread that I think MS released it as an optional update to test consumer reaction to it. I also believe it will part of SP1 and we will not have a choice. I am not particularly fond of programs phoning phoning home and I have no ties to MS - stock or otherwise; but I did install WAT to experiment with it. I really resented the WGA in XP phoning home every time I booted. I blocked it through my firewall. Doing so apparently caused no problems.
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14 Mar 2010   #73
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
I stated in another thread that I think MS released it as an optional update to test consumer reaction to it. I also believe it will part of SP1 and we will not have a choice. I am not particularly fond of programs phoning phoning home and I have no ties to MS - stock or otherwise; but I did install WAT to experiment with it. I really resented the WGA in XP phoning home every time I booted. I blocked it through my firewall. Doing so apparently caused no problems.
I just took a quick look at the firewall rules in XP MCE that I just installed, and I didn't find anything that looked like WGA in the firewall rules. How would it be identified?
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14 Mar 2010   #74
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I was using ZoneAlarm at the time with XP. ZA would ask me every time a new program or service tried to access the internet. I do not remember the actual name of of the WGA service. ZA gave me the options to (1) allow the program in this instance (2) always allow (3) block the program in this instance or (4) always block. With WGA, I general choose to block it in that instance so that ZA would ask me every time WGA tried to phone home.

The built in firewalls of XP, Vista, and Seven do not make it easy to block outgoing programs/services. With Seven, I am using Comodo and it asked me before I let WAT phone home. This is why I use a third party firewall instead of the built in firewall. Since I am behind a router's hardware firewall, I am not concerned about incoming.
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14 Mar 2010   #75
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I use Outpost Security Suite, which I'm sure has the ability to block it, except that I turned on training mode, which creates rules automatically to make it somewhat easier. I could still alter the rules, if I knew which one to alter? It seems odd that I have used a variety of firewalls with XP, and none of them ever said anything about WGA. I guess that it must be somewhat disguised.
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14 Mar 2010   #76
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I no longer have XP installed; but I will look on my wife's computer and see if I can find it.
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14 Mar 2010   #77
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I was unable to find it on my wife's XP. Unfortunately, mine is long gone.
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14 Mar 2010   #78
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I've had this update installed since day one. No issues whatsoever to report.
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15 Mar 2010   #79
windrider

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
I've had this update installed since day one. No issues whatsoever to report.
Me too
And in Task Scheduler, it only checks every 90 days.
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21 Mar 2010   #80
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
I agree with you. I wonder why MS withdrew it.
Could it be that MS has a few people smart enough to realize that this "update" would alienate a lot of their customers? If not, they should have. Despite the fact that there are some of this forum's oligarchy that seems to think that this is a good idea, I sometimes think that these members are those with a vested interest in MS, or in software development in general, rather than a typical private user.
Maybe they moved it,

How to upgrade Microsoft Security Essentials to the latest version

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CHANGES IN LATEST VERSION
The latest version of Microsoft Security Essentials includes improved messaging on the Update tab, improved scan reports on the Home tab, performance improvements, and enforcement of runtime Windows Activation Technology (WAT) in Microsoft Security Essentials.
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