May 012009
 

Microsoft has released WGA Notifications application which effectively turned Microsoft Windows operating system into a ‘nagware’, with a “This copy of Windows is not genuine” warning. What the Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications application does what it will check your Microsoft Windows XP validity. If it found that the copy of Windows XP is not validated, not genuine, counterfeit, unlicensed, pirated, illegal, unauthorised or simply failed the Windows Genuine Advantage validation process, then the notification messages will appear at various places and time.

When you log on to a non-genuine copy of Windows XP, the following notification error message “This copy of Windows is not genuine” will pop-up on the logon process

wga-notification1

wga-notification2

Solution 1

Lauch Windows Task Manager.
End wgatray.exe process in Task Manager.
Restart Windows XP in Safe Mode.
Delete WgaTray.exe from c:\Windows\System32.
Delete WgaTray.exe from c:\Windows\System32\dllcache.
Lauch RegEdit.
Browse to the following location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify
Delete the folder ‘WgaLogon’ and all its contents
Reboot Windows XP.
Note: With this method, you may be prompted to install WGA Notifications again which can still be unselected.

Solution 2

1-Launch Task manager
2-End process WGAtray.exe
3-Quickly restart in safe mode.
4-Click start, then Run. Type regedit and click ok.
5-Click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
6-Click Software, microsoft, windowsNT, currentversion, winlogon, notify.
7-On the right hand side find folder WGAlogon and delete it and all of its components.
8-Restart in normal mode.
9-Go to c:\windows\system32 and delete WGAtray.exe file.
10-Next to it should be WGAlogon.dll, delete this too.
11-Delete from recycling bin and reboot.

This should have solved the problem but i advise switching your automatic updates to
“Notify me but dont automatically download or install them”. This should advise you if your computer tries to download WGA again.

Solution 3

For windows XP SP3 users try this method

1 Lauch RegEdit.
2 Browse to the following location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\
Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify
3 Delete the folder ‘WgaLogon’ and all its contents
4 Reboot Windows XP.

Solution 4

Disabling and renaming the files ‘WgaLogon.dll’ and ‘WgaTray.exe’ in C:\WINDOWS\system32 folder by using the program Unlocker seems to get rid of all the nags/popups.

Solution 5

Another alternative suggest that three files are installed Windows XP System Folder for WGA:

\WINDOWS\system32\WgaLogon.dll
\WINDOWS\system32\WgaTray.exe
\WINDOWS\system32\LegitCheckControl.dll

The wgatray.exe process makes the check for genuine windows software. If WgaLogon.dll is denied execution right, that WinLogon is unable to call it to check on Windows validity and display notification package at boot, and since WgaLogon is also responsible for running and maintaining WgaTray.exe, no more tray popups either.

To change and disable the execute bit of WgaLogon.dll:

Turn off Simple File Sharing in Tools -> Folder Options -> View tab.
Right click WgaLogon.dll in Windows Explorer and open the Security Tab.
Click Advanced button.
Uncheck the Inherit box at the bottom.
Click the Copy button.
Click OK.
Go through each listed user/group and remove the “Read & Execute” permission for WgaLogon.dll, leaving the “Read” permission as-is.
Click OK to apply the permission changes.
Close the file properties dialog.
Restart the computer.
Turn “Use simple file sharing” on (optional).

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  23 Responses to “Remove Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications Nag Screen”

  1. thankx it was very helpful to me

  2. This article is what i was looking for, in fact!!

  3. does thia also apply for windows vista? I already reformat my pc.

  4. just rename wgatray.exe to wgatray1.exe(any number will do)
    then rename winlogin.dll to winlogin.000 (any combo will do)
    Then reboot
    and your done.
    then you can delete the winlogin and wgatray file as you wish.
    if it happens again then just repeat.

    simple

  5. but how to do the same in windows7……please guide me..

  6. where can I find wgatray.exe file???

  7. plz any one tell me that what to do with the windows genuinne error in windows 7 ??????
    how to remove without reinstalling the windows
    plzzzzz……

  8. I was wondering how to disable it in Windows 7, too. I can’t find any of the files mentioned.
    This is what comes up: http://i40.tinypic.com/16jrorp.jpg
    It also sets your desktop background to black with the Windows 7 watermark on the lower right side.

  9. thanks a lot, it solved my problem!!

  10. Used the Solution 3 on my XP SP3, deleted the folder “WgaLogon” and all contents as written.
    Reboot.
    Result: can not login, PC asking for a password but I have not set any for the Administrative account.

    Any help?

  11. 4 windows 7 is better you make downloading of win7older or something else because…
    my windows 7 ask me for buy a genuin and i did not buy theses thang i only use this program…

    but let me remember one thing before you use this program you have to delet all crack from your pc if you have…

    if you wanna make this thing make downloading of windows 7 toolkits is better way to do this things…

    but if you don’t have any crack just try windows 7 older is better way what i found to do this i make this thing in 3 portable pc and my desktop…

    this method would result in windows vista i use the same procedure and help me… better it help you….
    see ya

  12. 4 windows 7 is better you make downloading of win7older or something else because…
    my windows 7 ask me for buy a genuin and i did not buy theses thang i only use this program…
    but let me remember one thing before you use this program you have to delet all crack from your pc if you have…
    if you wanna make this thing make downloading of windows 7 toolkits is better way to do this things…
    but if you don’t have any crack just try windows 7 older is better way what i found to do this i make this thing in 3 portable pc and my desktop…
    this method would result in windows vista i use the same procedure and help me… i hope this help you….
    see ya

  13. To remove the wga during startup in windows 7 and also to restore the wallpaper and theme feature,open the ‘c’ drive
    or the drive in which OS is installed,open the windows folder,now open the system 32 folder,then below all the folders in sys32 there are individual files most of them are DLL files with a double gear marking.But there are few applications also.Now search for a file with a symbol of a double key marking on it (one of the key is golden and the symbol in fairly larger than other files with similar symbols).Open the file and if it shows a screen with a similar wga notification then delete it.Be careful not to delete other files because many files have similar symbols(bitlocker files), so check for wga notifier screen after opening it. As it is a system file you wont be able to delete it , to delete it refer the section for “how to delete trusted installer files in windows 7″in google search.After deleting the file(it is a single file)you wont get any wga notifier during startup and wallpapers and themes will start working……

  14. Is it the same for window 7? Now My desktop background become black, I can’t change any background. But My window already geniune. Pls help me

  15. Hi, i have tried deleting the file named slui.exe, no luck. I have also tried steps for the “Delete Files Protected by TrustedInstaller”. There is some combination keys that is blocking the change.
    Could you please help with that.

  16. The key which is owner is “S-1-5-21-1707938003-3620065225-122919045-1000″, instead of trustedinstaller.

  17. thx for ur support this was very haelpfull for users bcz we no need of experts

    thx again

  18. Get windows xp or sp3 genuine without any deleting any file or any software this program also work in offline :

    start<run<regedit then enter
    in regedit open Hkey_locol_machine<software<microsoft<windows NT<current version open its + sign<in this listat the end there will be WPAEvents just open it in the right pannel there will be oobe timer open it and mark all the text and use backspace key then click on ok buuton..
    go to Run type in run box %systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a just copy this and paste on Run box hit enter chose the second option "yes i like to activate with telephone" click on change my product key and then in key box type this key THMPV-77D6F-94376-8HGKG-VRDRQ THEN CLICK ON update when it will update then close the window and restart the computer .Any problum call 9335930763..

  19. It may be completely helpful for Windows VISTA users but how about for the Windows 7 users? All of these don’t work on Windows 7 IN FACT I can’t find what the “wgatray.exe” “wgalogon.dll” ANYWHERE. Help?? :(

  20. solution to the problem

  21. Thanks a lot to you
    It really works very nice, i used solution 3 and it worked very nice on my pc.
    thank you to you again

  22. thanks a lot this information was really very helpful for me

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