Disable and Remove Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications Nag Screen

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Microsoft has released WGA Notifications application which effectively turned Microsoft Windows operating system into a ‘nagware’, with a “This copy of Windows is not genuine” warning. What the Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications application does what it will check your Microsoft Windows XP validity. If it found that the copy of Windows XP is not validated, not genuine, counterfeit, unlicensed, pirated, illegal, unauthorised or simply failed the Windows Genuine Advantage validation process, then the notification messages will appear at various places and time.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational and educational purpose only, as most information is found on various part of Internet. Readers should contacts Microsoft if their licensed or OEM software cannot be validated or purchase genuine software.

When you log on to a non-genuine copy of Windows XP, the following notification error message “This copy of Windows is not genuine” will pop-up on the logon process:

And the nicely said “You may be a victim of software counterfeiting” message on the bottom right corner of log-in screen:

Microsoft allows Windows faithfuls to have 2 options: Get Genuine or Resolve Later. Click on Resolve Later will temporarily bypass the notification and let you login into and use Windows nagged with notification icon and messages, which will randomly appear as balloon notification message with an icon in the notification area (system tray).

Clicking on the balloon notification or the notification area icon will lead you to the Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Failure Web page that contains the specifics of the validation failure and the steps that you can take to make the operating system genuine.

To get rid of the WGA notifications that intends to remind you that your Windows is not validated, you can buy a validly licensed copy of genuine Microsoft Windows.

Update: Bypass WGA Validation with Crack or Hack and Disable WGA Notifications Warning Message Workarounds

Latest Version: 1.5.554.0 on October 2006 (distribute to some computers with no known roll-out pattern), 1.5.708.0 on September 2006 (distribute to whoever wants to download from Microsoft Download Center), 1.5.540.0 on 28th June 2006, 1.5.532.2 on 6th June 2006, 1.5.532.0 on 30th May 2006, 1.5.530.0 on 23rd May 2006, 1.5.526.0 on 26th April 2006.

More information on WGA Validation Tool (KB892130) and WGA Notifications (KB905474) which install LegitCheckControl.dll, WgaLogon.dll and WgaTray.exe.

With new release of WGA, some methods no longer works, and some has been updated. Several methods that has certain success on certain people, you may try until you success.

Official Method by Microsoft

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 is by using System Restore to restore the PC to a previous restore point that WGA Notifications hasn’t kicked in, and then carefully stop KB905474 from been applied to the system. To use System Restore, go to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Restore.

Note: Again, you may be prompted again to install WGA Notification, so it must be bypassed.

Third Method updated

This method involves using a cracked version of LegitCheckControl.dll to replace the original copy of LegitCheckControl.dll, and thus bypass the WGA validation and make Microsoft believes that your copy of Windows is genuine. To get rid of WGA Notifications warning messages, the patched version of WgaLogon.dll and WgaTray.exe to replace the existing files.

To apply the patch by replacing the files manually, try to end the respective processes in the Task Manager before deleting the existing files. Most likely is you will have to restart your PC in Safe Mode in order to replacing the original copy of LegitCheckControl.dll and related files. However, there has been automatic updater and even cracked WGA installer that automatically apply the patched version of WGA files.

Latest Update for WGA version 1.5.708.0 latest

Download cracked and patched version of LegitCheckControl.dll with thanks to Danny.

Latest Update for WGA version 1.5.554.0 latest

Download cracked and patched version of LegitCheckControl.dll, WgaLogon.dll and WgaTray.exe for v1.5.554.0 of Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool and WGA Notifications.

John suggested that it may be rolled out to reduce the frequency of ‘phone home’ feature. BetaNews has confirmed this and says Microsoft has completed the pilot phase for WGA Notifications, officially rolling out the anti-piracy reminders to Windows XP users worldwide. Anyway if Notifications Tools is patched, it won’t callbacks at all. Swissboy found that now there are 15 languages supported for KB905474 and offers solution.

General release version of Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications also has updated EULA which says installing of this update is optional. However, once installed, the update will become a permanent part of your Windows XP software, means you can’t uninstall it. The EULA also confirms that information about your system will be sent to Microsoft. You can just skip installing the KB905474 by clicking “I Decline” when shown the EULA. If you don’t want the Automatic Updates or Windows Updates to try install WGA Notifications again, click Don’t ask me to install these updates again at Decline EULA window.

Latest Update for WGA version 1.5.532.2

Version 1.5.532.2 of WGA Validation Tool and WGA Notifications is NOT YET mass released to all Windows system, so your system may not have this version.

WindowsXP-KB905474-ENU-x86-1.5.532.2-noWGA.exe (as suggested by swissboy) is the original setup of KB905474, but with the 3 files as mentioned above replaced with patched version and re-packed. You can view the contents with WinRAR or 7-Zip. Download here or here. (Removed due to compliant from Microsoft)

LegitCheckControl.dll-v1.5.532.2-Jun-02-2006.zip (as suggested by swissboy) contains hacked version of LegitCheckControl.dll which you have to replace manually over the existing dll in \Windows\System32 folder. Download here or here. (Deleted due to complaint from Microsoft)

new More automated WGA removal tool: RemoveWGA

Latest Update for WGA version 1.5.532.0

LegitCheckControl1.5.532.0.muiz.fixed.rar (suggested by Picard) is the patched LegitCheckControl.dll and can be download here or here (removed due to complaint from Microsoft).

If LegitCheckControl.dll alone doesn’t work, try to patch the other two WGA files too, namely WgaLogon.dll and WgaTray.exe. Download the the patches for 3 files here or here (Removed due to complaint from Microsoft). Overwrite the original files with these hacked version in \Windows\System32 folder. The patch should remove notifications nag screen and allows Windows Update.

There are also several automated tools that save the dirty works of have to manually overwrites and replaces the WGA applications.

WGAPatch905474 (suggested by SilverBullet) contains 905474.exe that will patch Windows to allow access to full (custom) Windows Update and get rid of nag screen. Download 905474.exe here or here (removed due to complaint from Microsoft).

There are also several patched WGANotify KB905474 installation setup which will install KB905474 WGAnotify with the 3 patched WGA files namely LegitCheckControl.dll, WgaLogon.dll and WgaTray.exe. One of them is HotFix windowsxp-kb905474-enu-x86.exe suggested by DeaDMan Walking, which will after install, disable notifications nag screen and allows update. Download here, here or here (removed coz of Microsoft complaint).

WindowsXP-KB905474-ENU-x86-v1.5.532.0-noWGA.exe (suggested by Swissboy) is also the patched KB905474 setup file which is actually the original setup of KB905474, but with the 3 files replaced. Download it here or here (removed due to Microsoft compliant).

Old Updates

Version 1.5.530.0 of cracked LegitCheckControl.dll (suggested by chucko), can also be downloaded here or here (obsolete links, visit here for updates).

Use the latest cracked LegitCheckControl.dll by searching for “Windows.Genuine.Advantage.Validation.v1.5.526.0.CRACKED-ETH0″. Can also be downloaded here (obsolete link, update here). Cracked LegitCheckControl.dll also available here or here (obsolete links, updates available here). Once download the cracked dll, replace the LegitCheckControl.dll in \Windows\System32 folder with the cracked version. You may need to restart your PC in safe mode to replace the files.

Forth Method

Jules found that by disabling and renaming the files ‘WgaLogon.dll’ and ‘WgaTray.exe’ in C:\WINDOWS\system32 folder by using the program Unlocker seems to get rid of all the nags/popups.

Fifth Method

Clear the contents or create a new empty data.dat for WGA, and make data.dat Read-Only and Hidden as detailed here.

The following step basically is the same with the above data.dat method, only different is that you no need to create any file in the WGA data folder:

  1. Launch Windows Explorer and go to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Windows Genuine Advantage\data
  2. Go to Tools -> Folder Option -> View.
  3. Select (click) Show Hidden Files and Folders option.
  4. Unselect (uncheck) Hide Protected Operating System Files option.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Delete everything in the data folder.
  7. Right click on data folder, and select Properties.
  8. Select (Check) Read-Only as the folder’s atributes.
  9. Click OK or Apply.

Update: After 30 May 2006 with the release of WGA 1.5.532.0, this method no longer works. If the data.dat is set to “Read-Only”, WGA may complains that the serial key from the file could not be read, making the WGA validation failed even with the cracked dll files. So just delete the file (and make sure the folder is not set to “Read-Only”), WGA will then automatically regenerate the file and create the key, so you will pass the validation if you have the correct patched dll installed.

Sixth 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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6 Responses to “Disable and Remove Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications Nag Screen”

  1. There are numerous reasons as to why Microsoft may detect an irregularity on legitimate software and thus labeling it as pirated software. Until this issue can be resolved with Microsoft, there are a few tips that you can do so that your computer will function properly. With this comes this disclaimer; In no way does this posting support counterfeit software, NOT AT ALL : ). These fixes are intended to make your computer run fluidly and uninterrupted (seemingly normal) until the pirated issue can be resolved (unfortunately, it is often times a long road to recovery). These are fixes that will work on all XP operating systems to allow your operating system to run fluidly even after Microsoft has detected the irregularity and incorrectly labeled it as pirated software.
    You’ve probably been searching around for cures and here is just some common sense information. When you have computer problems due to viruses, trojans, malware, spyware, etc. there are specific programs to take care of these issues and they will isolate and/or delete them, it’s what they’re intended to do (I personally prefer AVG for viruses and Spybot for the other stuff, merely because they work and are FREE). Like I said it is what those programs are intended to do, not what the novice computer person is supposed to do. Do yourself a favor, if you see anybody telling you to fix your computer problems by deleting things, downloading stuff, or messing with your registry, it would be a great indication of their incompetence . . . RUN! Things are far easier than that. It’s just common sense. That said, back to the issue at hand, your XP is being detected as pirated. First thing you will see when Microsoft labels you a thief is a blue star logo and various messages that come along with. Also, it will be followed by a continuous update warning icon on your system tray. The fixes listed below are intended to make those aspects inactive and thusly make your computer fluidly functional until . . . you can fix your falsely labeled pirated software, of course ; ) Follow them slowly, to the “t”, and DO NOT DEVIATE. If you do this all will flow smoothly.
    So as for the blue star icon and all the associated messages, follow these steps. Go to and open “My Computer” icon>Local Disc (C:)>Windows>system32. Now in the “system32” file, find and rename these two files (any other name will do: spot, scruffy, mildred, whatever): “WgaTray.exe” and “WgaLogon.dll”. Once the two files have been renamed then close the window. Hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete, click “Task Manager” and click the “Processes” tab, click on “wgatray.exe” and click “End Process” button and a warning window will pop up, inside that window click “Yes”. Then simply restart your computer and BLUE STAR GONE BYE BYE, as well as all of its’ associated messages. Isn’t that simple?

    Now you will probably be getting an ANNOYING windows update icon on your system tray. This icon will direct you to the Microsoft website where it will only redetect your unresolved issue (as of yet, of course). To resolve this temporary situation merely go to: “Start” button>run>type in “services.msc” and hit “ok” and a new window will appear. There’s gonna be two areas you want to concern yourself with in that window. First is “Automatic Updates”: right click on that and hit properties and the properties window will pop up, you will see “Startup type”, select manual and hit “apply”. Now click “Automatic Updates” and at the upper left corner select “stop the service”. The second area of concern is “Security Center”, take the same two steps that you did for “Automatic Updates”. When you’ve finished go up to the file button at the upper left corner of the window and hit exit. Then restart you computer. VOILA! Isn’t that simple?
    Once these steps have been taken your computer will run almost as normal as any XP out there. I did say almost, right? But please remember, Microsoft still thinks you’re a thief (which makes our rich uncle Bill very unhappy). As such, during this period of time that you haven’t as of yet resolved your pirated software issues you must keep in mind these simple things. You CAN (oh yes you can) continue to download security updates from Microsoft. However, you will not be able to update certain software and bask in the plethora of wonders that the Microsoft gods have created. Such as: internet explorer 7 (however you will have version 6), media player 11 (but you’ll have 10), etc. and so on. I know . . . it’s crushing. But the gods of another universe have created Firefox and WinAmp, equally worthy of worship. If by chance you download that nasty blue star logo again (because these issues can at times take a long time to resolve), then just merely follow the above steps again.
    Piracy is no joking matter, it robs companies (from the smallest to the ridiculously GINORMOUS) of much potential earnings. Our multi-multi-billion dollar friend, Microsoft, is only using all its’ available resources to look out for the its interests and that of it’s patrons and of course to protect us all from such malicious pirates. I know we all sleep better knowing that Microsoft looks after us so well and I just want to say thank you Bill. Kids, thank your uncle Bill. (Oh! And I wrote this on a program called Open Office. If you haven’t heard of this open source FREE version of Microsoft’s Office software, then merely go to openoffice.org to receive your completely FREE copy. It has it’s compatible version of Excel, Powerpoint, Word, etc. And yes, they do communicate and can transfer information to and from Microsoft Office documents. Just don’t tell uncle Bill). Hope this posting was helpful and beneficial . . . HAVE A NICE DAY!
    Sincerely your friendly neighborhood Microsoft supporter,
    -Winblows

  2. kindly remove this notification

  3. try to remove notification

  4. nithin reddy Says:

    the first method worked to remove windows genuine notification

  5. Siddhartha Milan Shrestha Says:

    My oprating system is Windows 7 ultimate,in Dell computer.when im opening system, my desktop colour automaticly changing in black colour (previous it was in another screen saver)and im getting windos genuine advantage
    1)it showing that you may be activation of software counterfeirting.
    2)this copy of windows did nt pass genuine windows validation.
    please help me.i want to remove it.

  6. remove genuine windows7

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