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
Author : Microsoft
Location : %systemroot%\system32\wgatray.exe

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…

  1. In the Task Manager, go in Processes tab, click on Wgatray.exe & click on End Process.
  2. Restart XP in Safe Mode.
  3. In Start Menu >> Run… type ‘regedit’ to start the registry editor.
  4. Navigate to this location :
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify
  5. Delete the sub-key Wgalogon and all its contents.
  6. Next, go to C: \ WINDOWS \ system32 folder.
  7. Delete or rename these files : Wgatray.exe & Wgalogon.dll
  8. 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..


Posted on June 25, 2008, in Fiddles and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. DUDE
    if i do these steps does my programs and other stuff will be deleted or we can just say it will be “reformat”?

    • Re: DUDE
      NO, don’t worry, nothing will happen to your precious data. This tweak will just disable the nagging which Windows gives you every time. Trust me… I’ve tested this tweak dozens of times on my PC. If you think WGAFix will result in some errors, you can always perform the manual steps…. 🙂

  2. hello plz reply
    where is task manager placed?

    • pedanticgeek

      Re: hello plz reply
      Press Ctrl + Alt + Del or right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager

  3. tanks

  4. thanxxxx
    Hi, i just want to thank you for this. Know what, that msg was so annoying that i wanted to break my PC. Thanxx to you i didnt 🙂
    Thank you-thank you-thank you

  5. help!
    how to go to:
    C: \ WINDOWS \ system32 folder ?

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