• What’s really happening with Windows 7’s new Windows Activation Technologies

    Ed Bott has put the new Windows 7 Activation Technology patch, KB 971033, through the paces, and found it to be pretty much as advertised. If you were looking for a re-run of the old Windows Genuine Advantage/Spyware debacle, you won’t find it here. Ed says:

    I installed the KB971033 update on multiple systems using both the downloaded version and the one delivered through Windows Update. I also uninstalled the update and observed what happened.

    From a technical standpoint, I was able to confirm that the WAT update does what Microsoft says it does. I was not able to read the contents of the signed, encrypted packets going across the wire, but I did locate the stored information in the registry and compared it to Microsoft’s published privacy policy.

    Ed’s ZDNet post reads a lot like something from the Windows Engineering blog – which is both a compliment and an, uh, observation. It’s clear to me that MS will be thrilled by Ed’s results, and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if MS helped with the research. That said, I can’t find any fault with what he’s done: thorough, accurate, and surprisingly supportive of Microsoft.

    Read it yourself and tell me if you disagree…