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Posted: 2/15/2006 8:09:12 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:13:57 AM EDT
can we still get updates if we dont have the new "validation and genuine" XP install tool? That seems be the only thing Windows update wants me to download. I'm afraid my install is gonna "poop" out.....hint hint.......
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:25:18 AM EDT
I'm not positive but I don't think so.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:27:57 AM EDT
No you should be OK.

At least for now that is.

Maybe this is some evil plot by bill gates himself to get people comfortable with the validation tool and then one day he'll flick a switch and all the illegal copies will just turn off.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:29:01 AM EDT
Install the validation tool. All it does is stop you from getting updates if it detects an invalid windows install.

If it does block you from getting updates via the microsoft update sight you can turn on automatic updates and it will still install critical updates for you..
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:30:00 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:51:57 AM EDT
The only thing Microsoft offers for my computer is service pack 2 and I am not sure I want that yet.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:19:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/15/2006 9:22:21 AM EDT by warlord]
jerry48430: You should be running SP2, I've got it installed on my machine, it works okay, no problems so far. From what I understand SP2 is a major rewrite of the system including code to fix secrity flaws.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:26:06 AM EDT
I know what it is but I have also heard some real horror stories that result. Is it a reliable install now?
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:31:31 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:39:14 AM EDT
Validation now required for downloads or updates

Beginning July 26, 2005, if you plan to download Microsoft Windows XP software or software updates from the Microsoft Download Center, Windows Update, or Microsoft Update you will be prompted to validate that your copy of Microsoft Windows XP is genuine.

You can still download and install critical security updates without passing the validation process, but most other downloads will require validation.

Link Posted: 2/15/2006 3:14:35 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/16/2006 12:44:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/16/2006 12:53:33 PM EDT by JavaMan]

Originally Posted By jerry48430:
I know what it is but I have also heard some real horror stories that result. Is it a reliable install now?

The problems I've had with installing Service Pack 2 usually have to do with software that's already installed and stops working. So what I do is install SP2 first.

For instance, I recently reloaded XP Home on a buddy's Laptop. But it's a few years old and the Toshiba factory System Restore CDs were only SP1. After loading the OEM Windows image from CD, I went through and uninstalled everything I could in Add/Remove Programs. It's all worthless bundled Trialware and Crapware anyway. Then I applied SP2 from a CD, and after that began installing the software he wanted. The laptop runs great.

If you'd like Service Pack 2 on CD, Microsoft will mail you one for free. Get one here.
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