Bitten by WGA

Earlier today, I discovered that Microsoft was making a threat analysis tool available for free download. Great, says I: it might make a good teaching aid in my Software Architecture class, or in the security classes that others at U of T are putting together.

Except that it requires .NET 2.0 to run…

…the installer for which needs Microsoft Windows Installer 3.0…

…which wants to put Windows Genuine Advantage on my machine. WGA is a “phone home” program that checks whether your version of Windows is legit. I have no problem with that, but I do have problems with not knowing what other information it’s collecting (there’s no pop-up displaying what it’s about to send, with a “cancel” button), and with the possibility (which Microsoft has refused to deny) that WGA might disable my Windows installation (which, I hasten to add, was paid for when I bought this laptop from Gateway).

Kind of negates the warm fuzzy I got from their sponsorship of Developers Without Borders earlier… :-(

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