How to Remove Windows Genuine Advantage SP3

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How to Remove Windows Genuine Advantage SP3
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Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) is a software utility included in Windows XP SP 2 and later. It is used to verify whether your Windows installation is legal or a pirated copy. The WGA validation process is not the same as Windows activation. Windows activation will begin locking down parts of the operating system if you can't activate your copy of Windows. WGA displays a message regarding your computer's validation status, and you won't be able to download some updates. You can remove WGA to eliminate the checks and notifications.

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    Click "Start," "Shut Down" and "Restart." Press "F8" as your computer boots up until it gives you the option for "Safe Mode." Press up on your arrow key to select this option and hit "Enter." Windows Genuine Advantage does not run in safe mode so you can delete and rename the files needed to remove this utility.

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    Click "Start." Click "My Computer." Double-click the operating system drive. Click "Windows" and "System32."

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    Delete or rename "wgajlgon.dll" and "wgatray.exe." You can keep the files intact by adding an ".old" on the end of the renamed files if you might want to activate WGA in the future.

  4. 4

    Close the Explorer window. Click "Start" and "Run." Input "regedit.exe" and hit "Enter." Navigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE." Expand the "SOFTWARE," "Microsoft," "Windows NT" and "Current Version" folders. Select the "Winlogon" folder. Click "Notify." Right-click "WgaLogon" and choose "Delete." Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer normally. The WGA notifications no longer display.

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