About that “Windows Validation”

On October 27, 2004, in Rants, by

I see folks on the web talk about how you MUST validate your Windows before downloading some things like the Microsoft Time zone tool.


That’s actually incorrect.  You can say “no” to validation and still get to the download page.  Personally, while I understand that any corporation needs to worry about piracy and what not, what I don’t like is how it penalizes those of us who are trying to do the right thing. 



At this point in time you “can“ say no.


In our MVP community several people have noted that even on OEM installs it has failed to validate the operating system and they’ve had to either “opt out” or dig up the product key code to make it validate properly. 


Before you penalize those of us that ARE trying to do the right thing, make sure this is bulletproof… especially for those OEMs, okay? 


And another thing.  While I’m in rant mode here tonight, can we do a little bit better job of communication when you bring out new initiatives like this and the new KB search and Microsoft support pages? 


I don’t know if it’s that Microsoft sends too many emails or not enough, or not the right kind, but I must have missed the memo about the changes to the Microsoft support web site and to the Validation initiative. 


A little less on some stuff and more on stuff that truly touches me, okay?

 

3 Responses to About that “Windows Validation”

  1. Tejas Patel says:

    Yes Bradley, you are right. I should have mentioned that the validation page can be ignored.

  2. Michael H. Cox says:

    You now have to validate. In fact, to use Windows Update (and probally Microsoft Update), you have to validate.

  3. Brad Sandy says:

    You do have to validate to use Windows update manually, but automatic updates still work.