How To Remove Windows Genuine Advantage Notification

Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) is an anti-piracy system created by Microsoft that enforces online validation of the licensing of several recent Microsoft Windows operating systems when accessing several services, such as Windows Update, and downloading Windows components from the Microsoft Download Center.
WGA Notifications covers Windows XP, Windows Vista and current versions of Windows 7. WGA consists of two components:

  1. An installable component called WGA Notifications that hooks into Winlogon and validates the Windows license upon each logon and
  2. An ActiveX control that checks the validity of the Windows license when downloading certain updates from the Microsoft Download Center or Windows Update.
How To Remove Windows Genuine Advantage Notification

The Save but difficult way:
  1. Launch Windows Task Manager.
  2. End wgatray.exe process in Task Manager.
  3. Restart Windows XP in Safe Mode.
  4. Delete WgaTray.exe from C:\Windows\System32.
  5. Delete WgaTray.exe from C:\Windows\System32\dllcache.
  6. Launch RegEdit.
  7. Browse to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify
  8. Delete the folder WgaLogon and all its contents
  9. Reboot Windows XP
The Quick but more difficult way:
  1. Go to the Start Menu tab and click on Run.
  2. Once Run has been opened, type in system32 and click on ok. Once processed, go to Tools and then go to Folder Options and hit the View button.
  3. Click on Check which is beside "Hide extensions for known file types". This way, you can uncheck.
  4. Now you've got to find WgaLogon.dll and you have to rename it with another extension. To do this, you should add a "1" after WgaLogon. If a warning pops up for changing the name, click on yes.
  5. Now you've got to find and delete the WgaTray.exe file that's in the System32. Once the file has been deleted, go straight to the "Processes" tab and highlight WgaTray.exe and click on "End Process".
  6. Go back to System32 and delete the WgaLogon.dll application. Then you got to change the name back to the original name.
Cheat notes for computer savy users:
  1. Restart your computer and boot into safe mode (press F8 while you restart your computer)
  2. In Safe mode browse to C:\Windows\System32\
  3. Search for WgaTray.exe and Delete it.
  4. Reboot your computer and you are done.
 If for any reason you don't know how to remove Windows Genuine Advantage by following the steps above then don't worry, because I've discovered the perfect Windows Genuine Advantage removal tool that fully automates the process. It's called RemoveWGA 1.2

RemoveWGA 1.2 is a small utility that enables you to remove the Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications's will enable you to easily remove the Microsoft "Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications" tool, which is calling home and connect to MS servers every time you boot.

Here are some key features of "RemoveWGA":
  • Tell you if the WGA notification tool is active on your system
  • Allows you to remove the WGA notification tool from your system
  • Accept the "-silent" command line parameter to silently check if the WGA notification tool is active on your system, and popup only if it is found (usefull for checking automatically at startup for instance)


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