2010/11 Update: Windows has now shut down the Windows Genuine Advantage system. No reason was given. One possible answer is that Microsoft wants to help increase the proportion of protected PCs which in turn reduces vulnerabilities from being exploited.
TIP: If you do NOT have a Windows Genuine Version we suggest you be aware that Microsoft is now including this notification tool (Windows Genuine Advantage – WGA) in all it’s security updates. Click here to find out more.
For those who have a genuine Windows XP Professional version, but see the following:
You can safely remove the nag screens and notification windows by doing the following:
- Open TASK MANAGER – CTRL-ALT-DEL
- Right click on WgaTray.exe and a pop up will appear (do not click YES just yet)
- Search for WgaTray.exe in Explorer then right click – a pop up will appear (do not click YES just yet)
- With both pop ups next to each other, quickly click YES on both – this will remove WgaTray.exe from TASK MANAGER and delete WgaTray.exe from System32 folder
- Next: Search for wgalogon.dll in Explorer
- Rename wgalogon.dll wgalogon.dll.bak
- Right click on a blank space in “System32” and select “New” > “Text Document”
- Leave the text document empty and label it “WgaLogon.dll”. Press Enter (on your keyboard).
- Finally reboot your computer.
Note: You must only do this if you have a genuine copy of Windows XP Professional and are experiencing ‘WGA’ notification problems. Also if you remove the WGA notifications you will be unable to download Microsoft Security updates. If you do have these problems we suggest you contact Microsoft directly. Click here.
Safe surfing folks!