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Delete Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications Tool

If you have a bootleg (fake) copy of Microsoft Windows XP with the Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications Tool installed, irritating messages reminding you that you have a bootleg copy of Windows installed on your PC appear once every hour or so. Microsoft has made it so that the uninstall feature on this doesn't exist, but there`s a way to simply delete the tool rather than uninstall it. If possible, doing things without hacking is always the better option as it provides much less chance of something going wrong with your systems configuration. Please note that this is not a hacking.


  1. 1
    Click on Start>My Computer.
  2. 2
    Type the following text into the address bar at the top of the page C:\WINDOWS\system32
  3. 3
    Locate the file called WgaTray or WgaTray.exe and click on it once.
  4. 4
    Press the shift+delete keys (this combination will automatically delete the files completely off your PC instead of to the Recycle Bin) but don’t confirm the deletion yet.
  5. 5
    Right click on a non-occupied area of the taskbar and select Task Manager or press Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
  6. 6
    Click on the Processes tab at the top.
  7. 7
    Select the process called WgaTray.exe and click the end process button at the bottom and click yes to confirm the process termination.
  8. 8
    Confirm the delete of the WgaTray that you semi-deleted earlier (this must be done almost immediately after the process termination because it will re-open itself quickly so it’s a good idea to have the deletion confirmation window open behind the task manager for fast access).
  9. 9
    Restart your PC.
  10. 10
    In the system32 folder that was opened earlier, find and select the file called WgaLogon.dll and drag it into the Recycle Bin (located on the Desktop).
  11. 11
    Empty your Recycle Bin.
  12. 12
    Restart your PC and the Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications Tool shouldn’t run anymore so now you have completely hassle free Windows XP usage.

Alternative method

  1. 1
    Start PC in "Safe Mode."
  2. 2
    Search wga and wgalogon two files in system32 windows folder.
  3. 3
    Change their extension to wga.ol and wgalogon.old.
  4. 4
    Restart PC in normal mode. Notification on the desktop has been disappeared.
  5. 5
    Open "C:\Windows" folder and inside it the "system 32" folder. Delete both wga.old and wgalogon.old files. In this way you have got free from Windows genuine advantage problem.

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