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Ala-Hai! How To Disable Windows Genuine Advantage Notification

WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) is an anti-piracy system from Microsoft that is used for validation of a Windows OS when connecting to several Microsoft Services, such as Windows Update.

If the Windows OS is an illegal copy, the problem is manifested as a nag screen that is located in the lower right corner of the screen with the text ‘You may be a victim of software counterfeiting’. Also, a similar pop-up screen is visible on Windows login screen:













Read This Tutorial carefully and I am not Responsable for any sort of damage to your computer from using this tutorial. You Have Been Warned!.

How To Disable Windows Genuine Advantage Notification
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First Method

  1. Lauch 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. Lauch 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.

Note: With this method, you may be prompted to install WGA Notifications again which can still be unselected.


Second Method

Another alternative suggest that three files are installed Windows XP System Folder for WGA:

\WINDOWS\system32\WgaLogon.dll
\WINDOWS\system32\WgaTray.exe
\WINDOWS\system32\LegitCheckControl.dll

The wgatray.exe process makes the check for genuine windows software. If WgaLogon.dll is denied execution right, that WinLogon is unable to call it to check on Windows validity and display notification package at boot, and since WgaLogon is also responsible for running and maintaining WgaTray.exe, no more tray popups either.

To change and disable the execute bit of WgaLogon.dll:

  1. Turn off Simple File Sharing in Tools -> Folder Options -> View tab.
  2. Right click WgaLogon.dll in Windows Explorer and open the Security Tab.
  3. Click Advanced button.
  4. Uncheck the Inherit box at the bottom.
  5. Click the Copy button.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Go through each listed user/group and remove the “Read & Execute” permission for WgaLogon.dll, leaving the “Read” permission as-is.
  8. Click OK to apply the permission changes.
  9. Close the file properties dialog.
  10. Restart the computer.
  11. Turn “Use simple file sharing” on (optional).
Optionally, steps suggested by PSNet which has the same effect – disabling WgaLogon.dll.


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