How to Remove "Ask for Genuine Microsoft Software"

by Ryan Menezes
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Microsoft Genuine Advantage Notifications detect pirated software. If you use a copied or pirated version of Windows XP, the Notifications tool will suggest you "Ask for Genuine Microsoft Software." Microsoft naturally recommends you then buy a genuine copy of Windows, but it initially lets users disable the notifications. Follow their instructions if your computer uses their early "pilot" version of WGA Notifications. Otherwise, use external software to remove the tool.

Remove the Pilot Version of WGA Notifications

Step 1

Open the Control Panel from the Start Menu.

Step 2

Double click the "Add or Remove Programs" icon.

Step 3

Select "Windows XP - Software." From the options that appear, select "Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications" and click "Click here for support information." The Support Info window should list a version number between 1.5.0527.0 and 1.5.0532.2. Otherwise, use the RemoveWGA tool.

Step 4

Open any folder and select "Options" from the "Tools" menu.

Step 5

In the Folder Options window, click on the "View" tab. Click "Show hidden files and folders."

Step 6

Open the "C" drive from "My Computer." Open the "Windows" folder and open the "System32" folder inside it.

Step 7

Rename the file "WgaLogon.dll." For example, rename it to "WgaLogon.old".

Rename the file "WgaTray.exe." For example, rename it to "WgaTray.old".

Remove Newer Versions of WGA Notification

Step 1

Download the RemoveWGA tool (see Resources).

Step 2

Disconnect from the internet. Temporarily disable your anti-virus software.

Step 3

Run the RemoveWGA tool.

Enable your anti-virus software again.


  • These instructions remove WGA Notifications. They do nothing to interfere with validation itself.


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About the Author

Ryan Menezes is a professional writer and blogger. He has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Boston University and has written for the American Civil Liberties Union, the marketing firm InSegment and the project management service Assembla. He is also a member of Mensa and the American Parliamentary Debate Association.

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