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#46528 - 09/02/08 03:14 AM WGA - removing windows genuine authentication notice
Artic Warrior Offline
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So my computer had auto updates on and one day last week it decided to install the WGA tool which is a lame attempt to annoy a user to authenticate windows if it deems it non authentic.

There are a variety of excuses out there condemning evil Microsoft for doing this, mainly invasion of privacy or something, but the bottom line is pay for your software. Get genuine windows.

Now if you feel the software giant is wrong than there are a couple of steps you can take to remove/reverse the installation.

1. Try using the RemoveWGA tool available for download at a site near you. Google it.

2. I think someone mentioned you could try deleting the wgatray.exe and wgalogon.dll files in system 32 while in safe mode.

3. If all else fails, use system restore, restore it to a date before WGA was dl and installed and make sure you turn auto updates off.

4. Microsoft also offers 2 ways to remove the tool that will be made known to you every time you turn your pc on... and every 60minutes thereafter.


Edited by Artic Warrior (09/02/08 03:15 AM)
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#46529 - 09/02/08 04:14 AM Re: WGA - removing windows genuine authentication notice [Re: Artic Warrior]
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I'm going to leave this post; I know, we're against piracy, so why leave this?

Well, WGA has hit a lot of LEGIT/OEM installs, including my own... I own several WXP Home and WXP Pro licenses, from PC manufacturers (Dell, HP, Compaq, etc) and had 2 of them listed as invalid via WGA...

And I've heard of this happening all over the internet... What does M$ have to say? "The system is not perfect"...
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