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Windows Genuine Advantage Plug-in

by rgfitz / September 8, 2006 1:19 AM PDT

I know this plug-in isn't required but I tried and failed to install it. I use Mozilla Firefox and the Mozilla directory is in Program Files where it belongs and does have a plugin directory.

The Windows Genuine Advantage Plug-in Installer shows:

Installation Failure.

Plug-in installer could not detect the appropriate browser
installation directory. [Error: 0x80070002]

Just curious if anyone else has the problem and found a fix.

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"The Windows Genuine Advantage plugin is required for access
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2006 1:51 AM PDT

"The Windows Genuine Advantage plugin is required for accessing some content in the Microsoft Download Center."

Microsoft has continually tweaked their download center so for this site I just use IE.

Your choice on that but that is my solution.


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by rgfitz / September 8, 2006 2:47 AM PDT

I get the same error if I set IE as my default browser.

What I mean by not necessary is that I downloaded the file I wanted using the ''manual'' WGA where Microsoft identified my OS and returns a code that I copied and pasted where directed prior to download.

This all must be fairly new.

My computer is a new Dell Dimension E510 with XP Home.

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IE doesn't need that plugin and ..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2006 2:53 AM PDT
In reply to: IE

It's not compatible with IE so I would be hard pressed to see how I could get that error in IE.

Yes, I'm now confused and stumped.


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IE again
by rgfitz / September 8, 2006 5:35 AM PDT

It finally dawned on me what you were saying. Microsoft IE doesn't need the plug-in and it is only for non-Microsoft browsers like Firefox.

I was using Firefox and downloading UPHClean from the Microsoft site. All of my updates automatically use IE so this is the first time I ran into the WGA plug-in.

Anyway, I am still working on a fix just out of curiosity.

Thanks for your replies.

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by john_mcdoogle / September 8, 2006 2:57 AM PDT

I make absolutely no claims as to the legality of this method, because I'm honestly unsure if it's violating any license agreement or not.

Anyway, this site has a method for bypassing the annoying, and pointless, WGA checks to download things from Microsoft's website.

Once again, your mileage may vary, there may be potential legal issues with this, and it may not even work at all.

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WGA diagnostic
by rgfitz / September 8, 2006 4:20 AM PDT
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