Windows Genuine Advantage supports Firefox

Lucky Mozilla Firefox on Windows users....
Microsoft Genuine Windows Validation process now works in Firefox and other Mozilla browsers. Firefox users can manually install the Windows Genuine Advantage validation Firefox plug-in available on Microsoft's website to complete the Windows validation process.

It's done via a plugin that you download. Read more

November 17, 2005 12:29 PM | Posted in Mozilla


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I was tipped off about this a couple of weeks ago by the engineers responsible.

The irony? I've only ever seen their plugin work on a Win32 Firefox running on WINE - not on any form of Win32.

Site icon Comment by Michael Hendy at November 17, 2005 01:14 PM | Permalink

That's good: it's nice to see Microsoft doing the right thing, since presumably this also works in all other plugin-interface-compliant browsers.

Now all we need is for MS to support Windows Update as a plugin, and various members of my family will be much happier Windows users.

Comment by Neil at November 17, 2005 03:32 PM | Permalink

I wouldn't wonder if there are some serious issues introduced by that plugin :P

Comment by xeen at November 17, 2005 04:23 PM | Permalink

Please note: this plugin works ONLY on Windows XP. It will install on Windows 2000, but then when you try to run it, it produces an error to the effect that "Your OS is not Supported."

For future reference, in a case such as this, it would be helpful if that were mentioned in the announcement so that users will not waste their time if it is not compatible.

A any rate, thank you for letting us know that M$ is developing another chink in its armor. LOL!

Comment by Stephen Burnett at November 17, 2005 04:30 PM | Permalink

Is it just me, or does this plugin not support Firefox 1.5?

Comment by Jonathan at November 17, 2005 05:23 PM | Permalink

It works for me in FF 1.5 on the InstallPlugin page linked above, but not later when I try to download something WGA-protected, or when I visit their diagnostics page.

Comment by sire at November 17, 2005 06:28 PM | Permalink

@sire: Yeah, that's the same behavior that I'm getting. Me thinks 'tis a bug.

Comment by Jonathan at November 17, 2005 11:45 PM | Permalink

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