I was a bit ticked off by this new Windows DisAdvantage Program (I tried Windows Update it and sure enough, a friggin “Validation Tool” was downloaded to my machine), until I learned that security patches will still be available. 

However, when you go back to Windows Update, it checks your hardware to see if multiple copies of Windows are installed on different hardware (notice and disclosure are fairly adequate when it does this).

I admit to being thankful that I don’t have to crawl around to the the back of my machine (no easy feat the way I have setup my home PC) and copy those numbers down.  Call me bovine and I won’t argue. The term fits.

Alex Eckelberry