Windows update is prompting me to install Windows Genuine Update on my machine. I'd like to know if it is necessary to install this update. Can I still get automatic updates if I don't install this update? I checked the Microsoft website but they did not mention anything about if other updates will still be download-able. I have a genuine windows XP installed on my machine but I don't trust all the updates that Microsoft Windows Update prompts me. Sometimes the updates stuff up my configuration.
Just install it...it just checks if your win is genuine, which isnt a problem...it shouldn't change anything...as indeed should no other update apart from perhaps SP2, which did fundamentally change the way winXP works...
If you are a Genuine Windows XP user then you should not worry about this update as it only checks whether your XP OS is genuine or not.
But, if it is not (i.e its a pirated version) then at start up it asks you to resolve it by purchasing a new key. If not done so then slowly the features of the OS are disabled until it becomes impossible to use the pirated version.
Hope this helps.
it won't disable anything. in fact you got extra feature -- that watermark thing.
Thanks for the info.
varun_dodla: What do you mean by when you said the features of the OS are disabled? That's quite weird. How can Microsoft do that?
badai: What's the 'watermark thing' that you're talking about?
If you cancel its installation, you will not be able to do any more automatic updates, because even though it will download them, everytime you press the cancel button at the genuine advance, all the other updates will be canceled... If go to the manual update site, you can get the updates though.
This is only for the critical updates
All the none-critical updates are disabled. You MUST install it in order to get it, and you MUST have official windows(unless you install a crack or something which i strongly suggest NOT TO, cause crack=trouble 99% of the times).
If you have original Windows, then you have no reason not to install it, as they said, but if you don't have original windows, then DONT, because you will start getting some messages, that you will be able to remove, but there is no point in it anyway. Also, disable
I hope i helped
If I upgrade my computer with a new motherboard, RAM, CPU and hard drive, can I still use my windows XP operating system? That is, using the same CD key. By doing this, will the Windows Genuine Update be effected by this?