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October 05, 2005

Windows Genuine Pain in the Ass

Many people have noticed that to download most things from Microsoft these days you need to run the "Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool." Now on my computer anyway, the ActiveX version of the tool is successful but the standalone executable that I would run from say Firefox, fails miserably saying:

Code not available. The validation code could not be obtained. This may be due to technical difficulties, or you may be running an unsupported operating system. Please close this window and attempt the validation process again, or use the Back button in your Web browser to return to the download details page. [Error code: 0x8004026d]

Now my Windows hologram CD looks pretty legitimate and Microsoft gives now way to contact them in the error message. Good work Microsoft; way to lock out non-IE browsers.

I paid for windows I don't know why they are hassling me. I've never had to play this game with Linux.

Posted by ajc30 at October 5, 2005 11:22 PM

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