And, he does bring up what might be a valid objection to downloading and manual installations: Assuming one downloaded only from MS, I can't see how doing it manually would be any more likely than the more usual MS automatic updates to carry any hacks or infestations.However, if one was doing all this manually, one might also take a shortcut and download somebody else's version of the update files. Anyway, the OP got good answers on "how-to" do the manual updates and avoid WGA.Since the only thing WGA does is phone home and share machine gossip, then "bad things" are phoning home, and sharing machine gossip. On this point, the OP might want to read this thread on the Microsoft forums, since it discusses the two levels (types) of WGA, and how they "phone home".While the Multiverse IT post is less to the point than earlier answers, it is relevant.If you want to avoid most kinds of big brother stuff, then you need to use linux.Apple is vengeful big brother with draconian measures to prevent software from working (look at the i Phone) and Microsoft is just plain big brother.The system is never used for browsing or such, so Internet security is not an issue.
That doesn't mean it can't or hasn't happened, but to me, it's an irrational fear - if you have properly obtained your copy of Windows, then you have nothing to be concerned about.Some statements from Parmenion could fail to validate due to an undefined commission type of "Compensation". Payments marked as "Compensation" will be assigned as "Miscellaneous" and go into Suspended Fees/Commission, where they will have to be manually assigned to a policy.When opened by a user who is restricted to view only clients of certain advisers, the Client Accounts page will be slower to respond.I need to (re)activate a fully licensed Windows XP64 installation. My company has some expensive special purpose HW with custom drivers that are critical for a long term project.But, the MS activation server seems to be off-line. There are no drivers available for any other version of Windows, and the company that wrote the current ones is no longer in business.Microsoft would not be daft enough to deny anyone security updates (at least until XP is officially fully deprecated) as the extra abundance of hacked Windows machines causing hassle would be extra embarrassment.