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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Open a command prompt window by going to "Start," then "Run." Type “cmd" and click “Enter” to open the command prompt window.
Type “CD C:\Windows\System32” and click “Enter” to access the System32 directory.
Open a blank Notepad document by going to "Start," then "All Programs," then "Accessories," then "Notepad."
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
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.
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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