How to remove windows XP genuine validation

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How to remove windows XP genuine validation
You can remove the Windows XP Genuine Validation notice. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Windows automatically checks your copy of Windows to see if it’s valid. If your copy appears to be pirated, Windows XP will display a Genuine Validation message. The Genuine Validation, or Genuine Advantage Notification, appears as a login message, login timer and a balloon notification in the notification bar. Reasons this message may appear include the installation of a pirated copy of Windows XP, changed Windows XP license key or a Windows error.

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  1. 1

    Open a command prompt window by going to "Start," then "Run." Type “cmd" and click “Enter” to open the command prompt window.

  2. 2

    Type “CD C:\Windows\System32” and click “Enter” to access the System32 directory.

  3. 3

    Open a blank Notepad document by going to "Start," then "All Programs," then "Accessories," then "Notepad."

  4. 4

    Type the next three lines into the blank document and press “Enter” after each line:

    taskkill -IM wgatray.exe (Note that for Windows Home systems, the command is "tskill" instead of "taskkill.") del wgatray.exe del wgalogon.dll

  5. 5

    Press “Ctrl-A” and select all three lines. Press “Ctrl-C” to copy the lines. Open your command prompt window and press “Ctrl-V” to paste and run the lines. This will stop the Windows XP Genuine Advantage Notification task and delete associated files to prevent the notification from appearing again.

  6. 6

    Restart your computer to ensure the notification is gone.

Tips and warnings

  • Contact Microsoft Support if the message is caused by a Windows error. A customer service representative will be able to activate and validate your copy of Windows XP remotely.
  • Removing the Genuine Advantage Notification will prevent you from installing Internet Explorer 7 and other Windows updates.

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