Windows Genuine Advantage Circumvented Yet Again

Hot on the heals of Microsoft patching the Windows Genuine Advantage program against malicious scripts and hidden checkboxes, an interesting new workaround has been discovered. It seems that running GenuineCheck.exe in Windows 2000 compatibility mode generates a valid authorization key for all systems running versions of Windows XP.

As per usual, the workaround has been posted on most of the commercial news sites like CNet, leading us to believe that Microsoft will want to patch it up quickly. The program has been the object of much criticism since it became a mandatory step in automatically updating Windows machines a few weeks ago.

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Just before the trolls come out, this is not a hack. Basically any executable file on your computer can be run in a compatibility mode layer, some guy was just smart enought to check the right box on the right file.