How to Stop Genuine Windows Validation

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How to Stop Genuine Windows Validation
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When you install Windows on the computer, you often get Windows Genuine Advantage pop-up notification if you do not pass the validation test. The purpose of these WGA notifications is to detect piracy and prompt the user to obtain a genuine version of the operating system. To stop these persistent notifications from appearing every time you install third-party software on the computer, you can either validate Windows or stop the notifications completely. If you prefer the latter, you will need to make some changes in the computer’s registry editor.

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  1. 1

    Reboot the computer, and press F8 button continuously as the system reboots (before Windows launches). Pressing this key will show you the booting option screen.

  2. 2

    Select “Safe Mode” from the options, using the keyboard’s arrow keys. Then press the Enter key to start Windows in Safe Mode.

  3. 3

    Click the “Start” button on the screen, and click on “Run.”

  4. 4

    Type in “regedit” and click “OK.” Now the Registry Editor will appear on the screen.

  5. 5

    Click the “+” sign next to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.” This action will expand the hive, and you will see a list of subkeys.

  6. 6

    Expand the “SOFTWARE” sub-key and go to “Microsoft” > “Windows” > “CurrentVersion” > “Winlogon” > “Notify.”

  7. 7

    Right click the “Wgalogon” folder, and select the option “Delete” from the drop-down menu.

  8. 8

    Exit from the Registry Editor.

  9. 9

    Press Ctrl, Alt and Delete keys simultaneously to access your system’s Task Manager. When the Task Manager opens, click the “Processes” tab.

  10. 10

    Right click the “wgatray.exe” process inside the Task Manager window. Select the option “End Process Tree.”

  11. 11

    Go to “Start” and click “Search.” In the Windows search utility, type “wga*” and select your primary drive to look for the file (primary drive is usually C:\ drive, which contains all your system files and installed programs). If the search results include any “wga” file, rename the file extension to “.exe.bak” (without quotes). For instance, if the search results include “wgatray.exe”, rename the file to “wgatray.exe.bak.”

  12. 12

    Reboot the PC. The Genuine Windows Validation notification shouldn’t appear now.

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