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    WGA (XP SP2)

    Somehow, I downloaded WGA, but haven't installed it. I want to get rid of the file I downloaded. Anybody know the filename and where it is?

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    Re: WGA (XP SP2)

    If you don't install WGA, you won't be able to install some updates from Microsoft (but critical security updates will still be OK).
    The file name probably contains "KB892130", and should be located in a folder named WUTemp on the drive with the most free space (at the time of downloading) on your PC.

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    Re: WGA (XP SP2)

    Thanks, Hans.
    Couldn't find the file though. WU had totld me that is was "downloaded and ready to install" and I didn't install it.
    If I dont install it, and use another update manager like Shavlik's, will I be prevernted from downloading non-critcal Windows or Office updates? If I do install it is there some way to disable the nagware part of it?

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    Re: WGA (XP SP2)

    I have no experience with alternative update managers.

    Although there are some reports of WGA detecting 'false positives', these are rare, so if you have a legal copy of Windows, you shouldn't have problems if you install it. If you have an illegal copy, I can't help you.

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    Re: WGA (XP SP2)

    I have a legal copy and even have the disks. My concern is base on what Brian Livingston and Woody saying that WGA sents private information to MS regularly and I understand that theri are lawsuits pending on this issue.

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    Re: WGA (XP SP2)

    I decided to live with it (WGA), but each person has to decide for himself (or herself).

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    Re: WGA (XP SP2)

    I agree with Hans and have had it installed from day one. As I even Beta tested it and have found no problems. There are more problems for NOT having it installed.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: WGA (XP SP2)

    There are instructions to disable the WGA "add-on" here. It's your call what you do with them. I happen to agree with Hans and Dave and have chosen to live with WGA for much the same reasons.
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    Re: WGA (XP SP2)

    I think Microsoft has said that in the regular "check-in" contacts to its servers, the WGA client is simply asking for an update of some kind, and does not supply any information about your computer, although of course your IP address is needed in order for the server to reply to the request. Not sure whether anyone has checked the packets themselves to see what else might be in them.

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