I downloaded the Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool (KB892130) on Feb. 4 and have been able to download Windows Critical Updates, etc. by going to the Windows Update site. However, now it's telling me to download Windows Genuine Advantage Notification (KB905474) -- and that's a different name. This new thing is a program that I have to agree to licensing stuff and allow info to be sent to Microsoft and it says that it can never be removed, etc. This apparently is an update from last year, I believe.
1. So why am I only now being prompted to download the NOTIFICATION update (which is the one that has all the agreements, can't be removed, etc. etc.), if I was prompted and able to download the VALIDATION TOOL back in Feb.?
2. I believe I had to download the VALIDATION TOOL back in Feb. in order to continue to get critical updates, etc. and the updates for this month all popped up, as far as I know. One of them was this Windows Genuine Advantage NOTIFICATION (KB905474). If I already have the VALIDATION TOOL, do I need to install this NOTIFICATION thing as well to continue to be able to download Windows Updates?
2a. If that's the case, then why did it not come up back in Feb. and why did I not need it prior to now to continue to get updates?
2b. If I don't install it, will I not be able to get Windows Updates in the future?
3. I noticed that in the license agreement that it says you may need the Windows Genuine Advantage VALIDATION TOOL in order to get Windows Critical Updates, and that it comes as part of this Windows Genuine Advantage NOTIFICATION program. But I already have the VALIDATION TOOL from Feb., right? So why would I need to install this NOTIFICATION program to get it?
It doesn't really say you need the NOTIFICATION program to get updates, just the VALIDATION TOOL. And since the NOTIFICATION (KB905474) is from last year and the VALIDATION TOOL I have from Feb. is more recent, how could the NOTIFICATION have something I'd need to get critical updates?
I hope those questions make sense! I'm really hoping to get specific answers and not just "it's safe, install it", so I can understand all of this, including what's necessary and what's not. Thanks!
I'm really confused about this. As of now, I did download it, but when the box came up to agree to it installing and all that crap about it sending info to Microsoft and not being able to uninstall, etc., I just canceled out of it. So Windows Update shows it as downloaded and "ready to install" for me as of now...
Any thoughts/help is appreciated! Thanks!