[LINK] Chinese surfers see red over Microsoft black-outs

Scott Howard scott at doc.net.au
Fri Oct 24 07:01:41 EST 2008


On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 8:59 PM, David Boxall <
david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au> wrote:

> > The "Windows Genuine Advantage" program, which turns the user's screen
> black if the installed software fails a validation test,
>

"Turns the user's screen black".

Great journalism there - close enough to the truth not to be an outright
lie, but far enough away from it to overstate what actually happens by
making you think it kills the computer...

What WGA actually does is to remove any background image you have on the
desktop, and instead gives you a plain black background.  The computer and
all programs still work exactly as you'd expect (the exception being Windows
Update and the like)

  Scott.


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