WHY PEOPLE HATE MICROSOFT
I have a computer that is several years old. It uses the Windows XP Professional operating system, which for the record I like. From time to time, the computer decides to contact the Internet and download updates. Usually this is a mild annoyance, but I give Windows the benefit of the doubt, assuming that it is annoying me to keep my computer safe. But recently it downloaded something and started displaying this message:
Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications
Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications is part of Microsoft's effort to reduce software piracy. Installing this software can help confirm that the copy of Windows installed on this PC is genuine and properly licensed.
If your copy of Windows is not genuine, the software will provide periodic reminders to help you take appropriate action and protect yourself from security threats posed by counterfeit software.
Do you find that as annoying as I do? I mean, if you have legal, paid-for software -- which I do -- it's annoying to have this company, several years after you bought their software, trying to install a program on your hard drive to check up on you. And if you didn't have legal software, why would you install this? Or am I missing something?
So anyway, so far I have twice canceled this thing and told it to go away. But it keeps coming back. Do I HAVE to install it? Does anybody know?