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A story appearing on Slashdot, The Register, etc points to a German webpage which discovered the information WindowsXP Update sends to Microsoft. Essentially, it lists all installed MS programs, all drivers for MS or 3rd party hardware, and a few other things.

The (english language) site is best accessed from the link at The Inquirer UK; the story is informative enough before it stops half-way through asking you for money to view the rest. Don't bother, just check the link below for the sample data as reported during one test.

Sample Data sent to Microsoft
 

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Isn't that part and parcel to the "Always Trust MicroSoft" box which you have to uncheck everytime you install something?

Big Brother indeed!
 
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