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A potentially nightmarish scenario opened up for Microsoft this week when it discovered that legitimate users were being locked out of their software.
The problem is with Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA), Microsoft's licensing tool, which offers Windows users more secure software in return for their conformance with a vigorous Microsoft licensing strategy. WGA is a key part of Microsoft's strategy to persuade as many users as possible to ensure they only use legitimate, correctly licensed software.
Microsoft's Genuine Advantage Hits Problems [news.zdnet.co.uk]
Apparently, some XP users were finding that their systems were "failing validation or reporting as non-genuine."
It's a problem on Microsoft's server, but no timescale was given by Microsoft to provide a fix.