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Windows Genuine Advantage Plug-in

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

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"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.

Bob

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IE

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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 ..

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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.

Bob

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IE again

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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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Bypass

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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.

http://www.ghacks.net/2006/09/04/download-everything-from-microsoft-without-wga-check/

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

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