How to Remove WGA Setup.exe

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How to Remove WGA Setup.exe
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WGA Setup.exe is the executable system file for the Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications tool or WGA for Windows XP. The WGA application notifies the user if the version of Windows XP they are using is not a genuine copy. Users with a genuine copy of Windows will not receive any notifications from the program. Removing the application can free up hard drive space for users with a valid copy of the operating system. The removal process takes a few steps that can be completed by novice computer users.

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  1. 1

    Stop the WGA processes running in the Task Manager as they will interfere with the removal. Press "Ctrl + Alt + Delete" on the keyboard to access the Task Manager. Click on the "Processes" tab and right-click on the "wgasetup.exe" filename in the list. Click on the "End Process Tree" option in the context menu.

  2. 2

    Delete the tasks associated with WGAsetup.exe. Click on "Start," click "All Programs" and choose "Accessories." Click on "System Tools" and click "Scheduled Tasks." Right-click on "WGASetup" task and click on the "Delete" option.

  3. 3

    Right-click on "Start" and choose "Explore" to open the Windows Explorer. Use the folder tree to navigate to the "C:\WINDOWS\system32\KB905474" folder. Right-click on the folder and click "Delete." Return to the desktop, right-click on "Recycling Bin" and choose "Empty."

  4. 4

    Restart the computer to complete the removal process and save any changes to the system configuration and settings.

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