How to Remove WGA From Windows XP Pro

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How to Remove WGA From Windows XP Pro
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Windows Genuine Advantage is the service Microsoft uses to ensure users are running genuine copies of Microsoft Windows. This service helps Microsoft to deal with pirated copies of the popular operating system. The issue with WGA is that it is a constantly running process, communicating with Microsoft servers on a daily basis. This can slow down a computer and can potentially deem your copy of Windows unofficial should something ever happen to your system. The WGA tool is far from perfect and often misreports genuine copies of Windows. Avoid the headache and problems by removing the WGA check.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Restart the computer and hold down \"F8\" as the computer boots back up. Select the option to run Windows in \"Safe Mode with Networking.\"

  2. 2

    Open the Windows \"Start\" menu and select \"Run...\" Type \"regedit\" into the dialogue box and select \"Run.\" This will launch the Registry Editor.

  3. 3

    Locate the entry \"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify.\" Within the entry, locate and right click the folder \"WgaLogon\" and select \"Delete.\" Save and quit the Registry Editor.

  4. 4

    Press \"Ctrl\" + \"Alt\" + \"Delete\" (simultaneously) to bring up the Windows Task Manager. Locate and end the process named \"wgatray.exe.\" Close the Task Manager.

  5. 5

    Open the following file path within Windows Explorer: \"C:\Windows\System32.\" Locate the file named \"wgatray.exe\" and delete it. Open the \"dllcache\" folder within the \"System32\" folder and delete \"wgatray.exe.\"

  6. 6

    Restart the computer. Windows XP Pro will notify you of missing services. Make note of these listed services.

  7. 7

    Open the \"Run...\" dialogue again. Type \"msconfig\" and click \"Run.\" Select the \"Services\" tab and uncheck the services noted in the previous step. This will prevent Windows from attempting to run the missing services at start up.

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