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Monday, November 3, 2014

How to Remove Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications

Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) notifications occur when your computer hasn't passed the validation test. The validation test can be failed because you installed a pirated non-genuine copy of 7, or because you have changed your 7 product key to a software-generated key, or sometimes it just happens for no reason at all. However, you can easily get rid of these annoying notifications yourself.
Method 1 of 9: Using Command Script

1Open Command Prompt as administrator in start menu > all programs >accessories >command prompt . Right click on command prompt and select run as administrator


2Type "SLMGR/REARM" (without quotes) and enter

3Restart Windows

Method 2 of 9: Linux

1Boot the computer using Linux on a CD or USB drive.

2Navigate to the System32 folder in the Windows folder.

3Delete or rename two items: WgaTray.exe and WgaTray.dll.

Method 3 of 9: Task Manager

1Run as an administrator with no other user accounts running.

2Launch Windows Task Manager (Processes). Leave it open.

3Navigate to to C:\Windows\System32, and find WgaTray.exe.

4Right-click on WgaTray.exe, and select Delete. Leave the deletion confirmation box open.

5Go back to Windows Task Manager and click Wgatray.exe.

6Click End Process. When you are prompted for a confirmation to terminate the process, align the “End Process” confirmation box with the previous “Delete File” confirmation box, or at least have them close together. Do this because you'll need to do both actions quickly — at least within 2 or 3 seconds.

7Click Yes in both boxes, quickly. Click on Yes on the Task Manager prompt (to “end the process”) and then quickly press Yes on the deletion confirmation (to delete the actual file). You’ll need to repeat this if you miss it.

8Launch the Registry Editor. Click Start, then Run, and enter regedit.

9Browse to the following location:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify

10Delete the folder WgaLogon and all its contents.

11Reboot Windows 7.

12Check your work. As a precaution, after you have followed the above instructions:
Go to Control Panel > Security Center > Automatic Update Settings.
Select the third option, “Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them."
Click OK.
The next time the “Windows Updates” icon appears in the system tray, click on the icon and it will display a list of available updates. Windows won’t automatically download and install them anymore.
If “Windows Genuine Advantage Notification Tool” is there, uncheck it and press enter to download everything else (if you want to). You can right-click to “hide updates” that you don’t want.
Select “Don’t notify me about these updates again”, so that they will be ignored every time updates are downloaded.
Just remember, from now on, make sure to check the list of downloads so that you don’t install any new versions of this “tool”.

Method 4 of 9: Command Delete

1Try system restore first. If you have only just installed Windows Genuine Advantage notifications, simply using the system restore function will remove the program. Then refuse to accept the WGA update next time Windows updates. Otherwise, proceed as detailed below.

2Open a Command Prompt window. Click on Start, then Run. Type CMD and press OK.

3Change Directory into the System32 Folder. Type "cd \windows\system32" (without quotation marks).

4Open Notepad window. Type the following lines:

taskkill -IM wgatray.exe

del wgatray.exe

del wgalogon.old

5Highlight and copy the three lines above to the Clipboard.

6Paste the contents of the Clipboard to Command Prompt. This should kill the wgatray.exe process from the Taskbar and immediately delete both files wgatray.exe and wgalogon.dll.

Method 5 of 9: Executing a Batch Script

1Right-click on your desktop. Choose New, then Text Document.
Enter the name as "remove.bat" without the quotes.
A message should appear saying that you are changing a file type. Click Yes. If the message does not appear, and the file icon is a picture of a piece of paper, then you need to enable "show file extensions for known file types" in the Windows Explorer Tools ->Folder Options dialog.

2Right-click on remove.bat and select Edit. Notepad will open.

3Paste the following lines into Notepad, then save and exit:

taskkill -IM wgatray.exe

del wgatray.exe

del wgalogon.old

4Double-click on the remove.bat icon. A command prompt window should briefly appear, then close automatically.

Method 6 of 9: System Tools

1Open System32 by either of the following methods:
Click Start, then Run. Type "system32" (without quotes), and click OK.
Find system32 manually by clicking Start, My Computer, (C:) (or whatever your drive letter is), WINDOWS, then system32.

2Hide extensions. In system32, go to Tools, then Folder options. Click on the tab, View, and uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types" if it is not already.

3Check to make sure the window that comes up has a full screen of various files. The files are in alphabetical order, which makes it easier to locate the specific file.

4Find WgaLogon.dll. Rename it "WgaLogon.dll.bak" (without quotes).

5Create an empty copy of WgaLogon.dll.
Right click on a blank space in system32 and select New, then Text Document.
Leave the text document empty and label it "WgaLogon.dll" (without quotes). Press Enter (on your keyboard).
You may get a warning from the above step that says, "If you change a file name extension, the file may become unusable. Are you sure you want to change it?" Click Yes on this warning.

6Be ready to complete the next two steps very quickly.
Find WgaTray.exe in system32 and delete it.
You will then have 5 seconds to find WgaTray.exe in the Task Manager.
Note that if you remove the files mentioned above while you are in Safe Mode, the next step is unnecessary.

7Immediately open Task Manager. You can do this three different ways:
Press Ctrl, Shift, and Esc simultaneously.
Press Ctrl, Alt, and Delete simultaneously.
Right click the Taskbar and select Task Manager.

8Click on the process tab and select WgaTray.exe. Click on End Process.
Note that if you take longer, do not panic! All that will happen is that WgaTray.exe will keep reappearing in the processes list (i.e. you won't be able to delete it as required). To remove the notifications after this, return to system32. You will find two files:WgaLogon.dll.bak (the one you renamed) and an Application Extension (0KB) called WgaLogon.dll. Delete the Application Extension, rename WgaLogon.dll.bak to WgaLogon.dll and repeat the process at a greater speed, from deleting WgaTray.exe from system32.

9Restart your computer when finished. All the notification messages should be gone.

Method 7 of 9: Renaming

1Open a Command window. Click on Start, then Run. Type CMD and click OK.

2Open Notepad. Click Start, then Run, and type NOTEPAD. Click OK.

3Type or copy the following lines into the Notepad window:

CD %systemroot%\system32

rename wgatray.exe wgatray.exe.bak

rename wgalogon.old wgalogon.old.bak

rename LegitCheckControl.dll LegitCheckControl.dll.bak

taskkill /F /T /IM wgatray.exe

del wgatray.exe.bak

del wgalogon.old.bak

del LegitCheckControl.old.bak

4Leave a blank line. Make sure there is a blank line at the end of the text document, right after the last line of text.

5Select all the text (Ctrl-A) and copy to the clipboard (Ctrl-C).

6Paste the clipboard into the CMD window. Right click and select Paste, or Press Ctrl-V.
This should kill the wgatray.exe process and delete the files it uses.

Method 8 of 9: Renaming (Graphical Interface by selection)

1Select "My Computer" on an Admin account of your Windows-computer.

2Select the Windows folder of your "Local Disk (C:)" drive.

3Find and select the "system32" folder.

4Right-click "wgatray.exe" and rename this file as "wgatray.exe blocked" (without quotations).

5Right-Click "wgalogon.dll" and rename it as "wgalogon.dll blocked" (without quotations).

Method 9 of 9: Alternative

1Launch Windows Task Manager.

2Locate the process “wgatray.exe” and end it.
If you are unable to end the process then try to rename file wgatray.exe to aaa in both c:\Windows\System32\dllcache and c:\Windows\System32 directories.

3Type regedit in the Run box to open Registry Editor.

4Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify key and ??

5Delete the folder WgaLogon and all of its contents.

6Restart the PC normally.

7Delete the file aaa from c:\Windows\System32.

8Delete the aaa from c:\Windows\System32\dllcache.


In case WgaTray.exe cannot be deleted, you need to do the following steps: go to Task Manager, click on WgaTray.exe then End task. In the screen that pops up do not click Yes yet. Go to System32 and delete WgaTray.exe with SHIFT+DELETE. Do not click yes on the pop-up screen where you are asked if you really want to delete. Now arrange the two pop-ups very close. Very fast (within 1 second) click yes first on the first pop-up, from Task Manager and then click yes in the pop-up from delete. WgaTray.exe is gone. If it doesn't work (you receive an error), try again, faster. It should work at least for WindowsXP.
You can also rename WgaTray.exe to WgaTray.exe.bak if you can't remove WgaTray.exe from your Taskbar. Press Ctrl+Shift+Escape to do so.
This process will only get rid of the notifications, and will not validate your copy of XP. It will remove the timer at the beginning of your XP log on, the white notice on the log on screen, and the annoying yellow star that appears in the bottom right corner of the screen.
If you don't have a genuine version of Windows, it's better to get it because you will be eligible get non-critical updates, IE9/10/11, and Media Player 12.
The failed validation installs three types of notifications on your computer: one on the log in screen, one log in timer, and one balloon. It also stops updates from Microsoft and disables your ability to install IE11 and Windows Media Player 12. This solution can get rid of all three notifications, even though you will still not be able to update through Windows Update. You will not be able to download things from Microsoft that requires a valid license either.
You will not be able to use Automatic Updates anymore; instead, you have to manually update them. In External Links, there is a program that will allow you to update any system, regardless of if it is genuine or not.
If task manager processes are moving, click the title of the "image name" row to freeze them.
If you are not using a genuine version you will still receive critical updates.
This is not required for systems older than Windows 2000, as older versions of Windows do not have WGA installed. This list includes Windows 3.1, 95, 98, NT 3.51, and NT4. (WGA now installs for Windows 2000 searching for the most commonly used pirated keys.)
If you have problems changing files in the system32 directory, you will have to turn off System Restore. Go to "Start" -> "Control Panel" -> "System" -> "System Restore" and check the "Turn off system restore"

If you modify the wrong file, you may crash your computer. This can be resolved with a reinstall in the worst case scenario, but if you are new to computers make sure you have a method of reinstalling without losing your data before you attempt this. A disk image of your system partition and keeping your data on a separate partition is the ideal way of achieving this because of the speed of restoring an image.
Do not edit anything but what is told in system32, or it could cause system start up failure.

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