Disabling Windows Validation

About once a month I go to Microsoft’s Windows Update website to manually check for security fixes. Last week the site prompted me to download new Update software in order to check for fixes. After I did that I now get prompted with a Continue button and the message:

To get updates, you must first validate your Windows software. Validation assures that you are using an authentic and fully licensed copy of Windows.

To disable their attempt at proving you’re a pirate:

Before pressing ‘Custom’ or ‘Express’ buttons paste this text to the address bar and press enter:


It turns off the trigger for the key check.

Why do *I* post this? Uh, no reason.

Update: XP: Get Updates No Matter What or Change your Invalid Product Key goes into more detail about this.

(via Slashdot)

One Reply to “Disabling Windows Validation”

  1. Wow! I thought the elastic band and clothes peg was neat…man this makes me want to get a job…well mayby….mmmm…nah…

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