How to Remove the Windows Validation Nag Screen

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The Windows validation nag screen is the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) notification tool for Windows XP. Although this nag screen can be annoying, it alerts users when their copy of Windows is not authenticate. You will not see this screen if you are using a genuine copy of Windows. You can remove the nag screen by manually removing the WGA tool.

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  1. 1

    Click "Start" in the lower left corner of the screen and click "Search." Type the files "WgaLogon.dll" and "WgaTray.exe" in the "All or part of file name" dialogue box one at a time and press "Enter."

  2. 2

    Right-click each file and click rename. Rename the "WgaLogon.dll" file "WgaLogon.old." Rename the file "WgaTray.exe" "WgaTray.old."

  3. 3

    Click the "Start" button again, then "Programs" and "Accessories" and open the "Command Prompt." Type the following commands at the prompt, one at a time, and press "Enter." Exit the Command Prompt once you finish.

    regsvr32% windir% system32 LegitCheckControl.dll / u

    Del% windir% system32 WgaLogon.old

    Del% windir% system32 WgaTray.old

    Del% windir% system32 LegitCheckControl.dll

  4. 4

    Click "Start" and click "Run." Type "regedit" in the dialogue box and click "OK." This will open the Registry Editor. Navigate to the following registry path.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify

    Right-click the folder "WgaLogon" and click "Delete." Exit the Registry Editor once you finish.

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