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How to disable or uninstall the pilot version of Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications for Windows XP
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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:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/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.
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:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
Disable WGA NotificationsTo 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.
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Let me fix it myself
Manually uninstall WGA Notifications
For more information about WGA Notifications, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Article ID: 921914 - Last Review: January 12, 2011 - Revision: 8.1