Disabling Windows Genuine Advantage Notification (Win XP)
Wgatray.exe is a process which provides a notification system for Windows Genuine Advantage product validation software. This program is a non-essential process, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems. It also consumes upto 50% CPU usage at startup… but this is just for a few seconds, so it hardly makes a difference.
|wgatray.exe – General Information|
This process actually checks your XP License Key against a list of keys blacklisted by Microsoft. If your Windows is pirated, you’ll see this dialog box at startup :
And to nag you further, this image gets embedded in the login screen:
Now, Microsoft offers you two options : Resolve Later or Get Genuine. If you choose to Resolve Later, Windows will occasionally nag you with this notification :
The best solution to this problem is to get …errr… a licensed copy of Windows. The other way is to disable it for good. Follow these steps to do so…
- In the Task Manager, go in Processes tab, click on Wgatray.exe & click on End Process.
- Restart XP in Safe Mode.
- In Start Menu >> Run… type ‘regedit’ to start the registry editor.
- Navigate to this location :
- Delete the sub-key Wgalogon and all its contents.
- Next, go to C: \ WINDOWS \ system32 folder.
- Delete or rename these files : Wgatray.exe & Wgalogon.dll
- Restart XP.
This will disable the notifications and also the process in the Task Manager.
You can use WGAFix, a tiny application that I made to do the above tasks.
Note : Make sure you have atleast .NET Framework 2.0 on your PC. (Check your version here)
Hope this helps. If you experience problems with this, leave behind a comment and I’ll try to reply ASAP..