Windows Genuine Advantage suffers worldwide outage

Late last night we started receiving reports from readers experiencing problems with Windows Genuine Advantage authentication. Users of both Windows XP and Windows Vista were writing to say that they could not validate their installations using WGA, and one user even said that his installation was invalidated by the service.

We contacted our sources at Microsoft, who told us off the record that the company is aware of a major WGA server outage affecting users across the globe. The Windows Genuine Advantage support forum has exploded with complaints, as a result, and Phil Liu, WGA project manager, says that he won't sleep until the problem is fixed. Windows Vista and XP are affected, 32- and 64-bit versions.

News source: Ars Technica
Link: Full Story

Update: Apparently the problem has been fixed, and all users facing problems should revisit the WGA site and re-validate.

View: MSDN WGA Blog

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:yawn:
Vista Ultimate here... no problems.
No BIOS / OEM hack... no timer reset... nothing of the sort....
full legit Ultimate Upgrade- from x86 beta1 to x64 RTM....
... limited edition "Bill Gates" signature and all. Want a picture?

Everything's fine here.
I'm starting to wonder what the rest of you are doing wrong.

Did you even read the article? Microsoft confirmed the outage. Nobody cares if your glorious autographed copy of Vista is working fine, that doesn't mean other people aren't having problems. You have a pretty high opinion of yourself to try and claim that all these people all over the world are doing something wrong just because you haven't had a problem. Get over yourself. :suspicious:

tao muon said,
:yawn:
Vista Ultimate here... no problems.
No BIOS / OEM hack... no timer reset... nothing of the sort....
full legit Ultimate Upgrade- from x86 beta1 to x64 RTM....
... limited edition "Bill Gates" signature and all. Want a picture?

Everything's fine here.
I'm starting to wonder what the rest of you are doing wrong.

That's because they fixed the server you twit.

If you had tried earlier in the day to do anything that required validation, like running a Windows Update check, or downloading something that required validation from Microsoft Download Center, then you would have found Aero shut off, and features stopped working.

Morpheus Phreak said,

That's because they fixed the server you twit.

If you had tried earlier in the day to do anything that required validation, like running a Windows Update check, or downloading something that required validation from Microsoft Download Center, then you would have found Aero shut off, and features stopped working.

Yep - Neowin late to report the important news again. By the time they were reporting the news, the problem was being fixed.

Davebo said,
Yep - Neowin late to report the important news again. By the time they were reporting the news, the problem was being fixed.

So? Some of us have lives, so we might not have seen this when it was actually happening. It's still newsworthy nonetheless to those of us who have been working hard to end the digital scourge known as DRM.

Davebo said,

Yep - Neowin late to report the important news again. By the time they were reporting the news, the problem was being fixed.

Sorry about that, bro. I'll try to sit at my computer ALL DAY just to make sure I report the news the SECOND it hits! I truly am sorry.

Yes, but when YOU screw up, it doesn't cause a single point of failure throughout the operating system at the core of infrastructure, business, and personal entertainment used throughout the entire WORLD.

Microsoft was warned at the highest levels (by myself and others) that it was a mistake to put DRM provisions in their code base now that they had become the de facto monopoly of the information age. It was and remains a single point of failure that can cause global problems if it fails either through human error or human mischief.

They assured us they had taken all the necessary steps to see that this could not happen. We, being human beings who know that they are just human beings, told them their position was arrogant, self-serving bull****.

We were right.

excalpius said,
Yes, but when YOU screw up, it doesn't cause a single point of failure throughout the operating system at the core of infrastructure, business, and personal entertainment used throughout the entire WORLD.

Microsoft was warned at the highest levels (by myself and others) that it was a mistake to put DRM provisions in their code base now that they had become the de facto monopoly of the information age. It was and remains a single point of failure that can cause global problems if it fails either through human error or human mischief.

They assured us they had taken all the necessary steps to see that this could not happen. We, being human beings who know that they are just human beings, told them their position was arrogant, self-serving bull****.

We were right.

You couldn't seriously expect Microsoft to not use a verification of Windows. Otherwise Windows would be even easier to bypass and all over the place. It would be an insane control issue from microsofts point of view.

Besides that fact, the amount of people affected was probably at bare minimum. How many people bought vista that day? How many computers checked up with the WGA server that day? Probably less than 1%.

I'm going to need to activate here soon (do to a re-install), if it doesn't get activated I'm going to find a crack. Better then talkin' to some foreigner every time somethin' goes down.

I like Vista, but not WGA...

OFF TOPIC and therefore irrelevant to the thread/discussion at hand.

AND a word for word REPEAT of your post above. -1 for dupe.

excalpius said,
OFF TOPIC and therefore irrelevant to the thread/discussion at hand.

AND a word for word REPEAT of your post above. -1 for dupe. :)

I'm on topic, you're the one who is off topic with your trolling....

I've responded to your non-assertions above, where you posted all of this the first time. By the way, calling someone a troll is prohibited in this forum.

Regardless, I for one don't see how my response to your repeat/dupe post can be construed as "trolling".

excalpius said,
I've responded to your non-assertions above, where you posted all of this the first time. By the way, calling someone a troll is prohibited in this forum.

Regardless, I for one don't see how my response to your repeat/dupe post can be construed as "trolling".

In case you ever want to update about Linux. You sorely lack any current knowledge about it.

http://linux.about.com/od/embedded/l/blnewbie_0toc.htm

You're a troll when you first replied to my post by saying that no one cared about my opinion. That is trolling. It was nothing more than Flamebait, as was stated by another.

You lack perspective of Linux's nominal role in modern computing. It would explain why no one is using it for consumer desktops, professional offices, etc. etc. I use Linux for the few things Linux is good for. I use other operating systems for what they are good for.

I said you were OFF TOPIC discussing Linux in a thread about WGA in Windows. You are...and now I am.

excalpius said,
You lack perspective of Linux's nominal role in modern computing. It would explain why no one is using it for consumer desktops, professional offices, etc. etc.

Did anyone ever tell you that you are a colossal knob head? Millions of people use Linux in professional offices. Open Office anyone? Dell have been selling consumer Linux boxes for ages. Linux is on HD Players, Thin clients, phones, car ECU's.

I say what you are on about is completely off topic as well what does this have to do with WGA (windows genuine annoyance)?

I bet you can sit there for ages trying to come up with a witty reply. Give it a rest you bloody troll.

The only reason Linux is being discussed here is that Froub posted off topic to begin with and I called him out on it. Now you are calling me out as off topic for calling him out as off topic. Get some perspective, man. :)


The truth is that Linux REALLY IS a freeware/shareware version of Unix used by a fraction of a niche of computer users who are still comfortable working with recompiling kernels and drivers as well as managing their OS from the command line. I don't see what isn't true about this description or why you find it offensive in a way that you feel the need to defend. I don't think Linux needs defending. It has been quite successful in some niches. I've never said anything but.

However, you are GROSSLY overestimating just how many people are actually USING Open Office in any professional environment (# downloads does not equal users) and Dell's % of sales with Linux installed, but that's not really relevant to either discussion.

And, again, personal attacks and insults are not tolerated on this board. If a moderator doesn't flag you this time, you just got lucky.

Other tools...I disagree...phoning Microsoft support in India works very well for me: Say a random number really fast, say yes, preinstalled on the computer, and one computer only....and then get a code...simple, and it's never failed!

CrimsonRedMk said,
Other tools...I disagree...phoning Microsoft support in India works very well for me: Say a random number really fast, say yes, preinstalled on the computer, and one computer only....and then get a code...simple, and it's never failed!

So, you don't mind having to degrade yourself by having to beg to use your system?

IMPORTANT Update: Word from Microsoft is that this problem has been fixed, and all users affected should revisit the WGA site and re-validate. There's no explanation as to why Microsoft was originally telling people to wait until Tuesday, but the good news is that the problem has been solved.

Ach, get over it. Every modern operating system needs to have built-in failure points. After-all when the security is tightened up to the point that the OS is reliable and uncompromisable, how else are we going to allow the malware spam monkeys to have their fun? Let them DDOS the WGA system to shut off the glitz interface and disable games. So, maybe this is a performance and productivity ploy. Did your systems run faster without AERO and did you do something else with the time not being spent gaming? Enquiring minds want to know!

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