Figures from tests conducted using Microsoft’s controversial Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) tool have revealed that more than a fifth (22 percent) of Windows installations failed tests on their authenticity.
These copies are instead counterfeit though many would argue that users who know their installations are counterfeit would not let Microsoft test them so in reality this figure could be much higher.
Users need to validate their operating system using WGA before downloading certain updates from the software giant.
Understandably Microsoft are a little surprised by this fact. Their WGA has tested more than 512 million tests since July 2005 resulting in a failure rate of 22.3 percent. MS hope that users will be willing to buy the legal version so that they can receive beneficial updates from the software giant.
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