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INTRODUCTION

This article applies to the version of Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) Notifications for Windows XP that is distributed during the pilot program. For example, this version is included in the pre-release version that accompanies the Microsoft Software License Terms. To safely and easily uninstall the pilot version, you must install the general release version of WGA Notifications. If you do not install this version, you can follow the steps in this article to disable or uninstall the pilot version.

Important These instructions have not been tested on the general release version of the WGA Notifications. Therefore, these instructions are not supported. Microsoft will offer the general release version of WGA Notifications to users who uninstall the pilot version at a later date. These users will obtain the general release version through the Microsoft Automatic Update service. WGA Notifications is part of the Windows Genuine Advantage program.

For more information about how to obtain the latest release of WGA Notifications, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
905474 Description of the Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications application


When you use a non-genuine version of Windows, you receive a message when you log on that states that the copy of Windows appears to be non-genuine. Then, you are directed to the WGA Web site to learn more. If you do not want to obtain a genuine copy of Windows, you receive periodic messages that notify you that the copy of Windows appears to be non-genuine.

Note If you are running a genuine copy of Windows and want to use WGA Notifications, you may receive messages to update Windows XP.

Regardless of genuine status, users are not denied access to critical updates. However, users who have not successfully validated their copies of Windows XP cannot install other updates such as those for Windows Internet Explorer and Windows Defender, and they will not have access to downloads that are reserved exclusively for users of genuine Windows.

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Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

Disable WGA Notifications

To have us disable WGA notifications for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. If you prefer to disable WGA notifications yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.

Fix it for me



To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix it button or link. Click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.


Disable WGA notifications
Microsoft Fix it 50583

Notes
  • This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
  • If you are not using the computer that has the problem, save the Fix it solution to a flash drive or a CD and then run it on the computer that has the problem.



Let me fix it myself

  1. Log on to the computer by using an account that has administrative permissions.
  2. Make sure that the WGA Notifications version that exists on the computer is a pilot version. The version format for the pilot version is 1.5.0532.x. In this case, you can uninstall versions 527-532 only. For example, you can uninstall versions that range from 1.5.0527.0 to 1.5.0532.2. To find the WGA Notifications version, follow these steps.
    1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs, click Windows XP - Software, click Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications, and then click Click here for support information.
    3. In the Support Info dialog box, verify the version number, and then click Close.
  3. Rename the following files by changing the extension to .old:
    • Rename %Windir%\system32\WgaLogon.dll to %Windir%\system32\WgaLogon.old
    • Rename %Windir%\system32\WgaTray.exe to %Windir%\system32\WgaTray.old
  4. Restart the computer.

Manually uninstall WGA Notifications

  1. Log on to the computer by using an account that has administrative permissions.
  2. Make sure that the WGA Notifications version that exists on the computer is a pilot version. The version format for the pilot version is 1.5.0532.x. In this case, you can uninstall versions 527-532 only. For example, you can uninstall versions that range from 1.5.0527.0 to 1.5.0532.2. To find the WGA Notifications version, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs, click Windows XP - Software, click Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications, and then click Click here for support information.

      Note If Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications does not appear, the release version is installed. You cannot uninstall the release version of WGA Notifications.
    3. In the Support Info dialog box, verify the version number, and then click Close.
  3. Rename the following files by changing the extension to .old:
    • Rename %Windir%\system32\WgaLogon.dll to %Windir%\system32\WgaLogon.old
    • Rename %Windir%\system32\WgaTray.exe to %Windir%\system32\WgaTray.old
  4. Restart the computer.
  5. Unregister LegitCheckControl.dll by using Regsvr32. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
    2. At the command prompt, type the following, and then press ENTER:
      Regsvr32 %Windir%\system32\LegitCheckControl.dll /u
  6. Restart the computer.
  7. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
  8. At the command prompt, delete the following files by typing the Del command. Press ENTER after you type each command.
    • Del %Windir%\system32\wgalogon.old
    • Del %Windir%\system32\WgaTray.old
    • Del %Windir%\system32\LegitCheckControl.dll
  9. At the command prompt, type regedit.
  10. Locate and then right-click the following registry subkeys. Click Delete after you locate each subkey.
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\ CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify\WgaLogon
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows \CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WgaNotify
For more information about WGA Notifications, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/AboutNotifications.aspx

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Article ID: 921914 - Last Review: January 12, 2011 - Revision: 8.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup 2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
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