How to prevent Windows SteadyState from notifying Microsoft when it is installed

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Windows SteadyState notifies Microsoft when Windows SteadyState is installed. This behavior is by design. However, a system administrator can disable this function.


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

To prevent Windows SteadyState from trying to contact Microsoft, update your registry settings. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Log on to the shared computer as an administrator.
  2. After you finish downloading and installing Windows SteadyState, close the Internet connection.
  3. If Windows Disk Protection is turned on, select Retain all changes permanently, or turn off Windows Disk Protection. For more information about Windows Disk Protection, see Help for Windows SteadyState.
  4. Click Start, and then click Run.
  5. Type regedit.
  6. Click OK.
  7. In Registry Editor, locate the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \Software\Microsoft\Shared Computer Toolkit
  8. Click WGAReport.
  9. On the Edit menu, click Delete, and then click New.
  10. Click DWORD Value.
  11. Set the value to 1.
  12. Click OK.
  13. Restart the computer.
  14. Open an Internet connection.
The computer no longer tries to contact Microsoft. Now, you can log on to the computer as an administrator and update the Windows Disk Protection settings in Windows SteadyState.


Article ID: 961021 - Last Review: February 10, 2009 - Revision: 1.0
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