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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Remove the New Microsoft WGA Nag Screen For Good !

As you might have already found out, The WGA check will now install a nag screen if your license is allegedly invalid. It shows up at boot and on the log-on screen but you can remove it. Do not install "Windows Genuine Advantage Notification (KB905474)" . But, if you are reading this, you already did.

Please go to the comments section for complete workaround instructions posted as they become available by our subscribers here at digiblade.
Go to the Control panel/Add and remove programs and uninstall "Windows Genuine Advantage notification". Use Windiz Update + Firefox to download patches and leave IE for good! 04/27/2006 Update: various workarounds that work for now but Microsoft is going to be very agressive on this issue. Update: Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) Next Level: Genuine Software Initiative (GSI): Beta roll-out has begun Manual fix how-to here Please Help Save The Internet

16 Comments:

  • Windows Media Center doesn't allowed to remove "Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications".
    - This update cannot be removed.-

    Do you have any idea?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/26/2006 02:54:00 AM  

  • true.., try removing the 'security update' KB900485 that conveniently came with it :)

    By Anonymous SmakDaddy, at 4/26/2006 04:41:00 AM  

  • bad joke or bad idea, the great thing is that...doesn't work.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/26/2006 05:13:00 AM  

  • After removing the KB900485 Update (which by the way according to Microsoft doesnt have anything to do with Genuine Advantage -
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v617/verybigdick/kb900485.jpg

    The nagging icon in windows log-on screen is gone. But I still have the small star-looking icon in my taskbar. Any idea how to remove that?

    By Anonymous Ugi, at 4/26/2006 07:50:00 AM  

  • Star Icon ? anyone else see that ?
    You could remove it from startup easy enough.

    By Blogger digiblade, at 4/26/2006 08:44:00 AM  

  • It is not in system startup nor in the registery, in the taskmanger I saw the proccess wgatray.exe. When I try to kill the proccess it keeps coming back.
    I used the PSKILL from Systinternals to kill the proccess and now it really closed. But this is a bad workaround. Any ideas?

    By Anonymous ugi, at 4/26/2006 09:43:00 AM  

  • The problem arises from 'LegitCheckControl.dll'
    which is typically in the c:\Windows\System32 folder. You cannot delete it but I've heard of people modifying it. My solution would be kill the process, it does not appear to be necessary.

    By Blogger digiblade, at 4/26/2006 10:45:00 AM  

  • hello call boo boo as it is finals

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/26/2006 02:07:00 PM  

  • Thanks Creda, couldn't you have sent an email ?

    By Blogger digiblade, at 4/26/2006 07:50:00 PM  

  • LegitCheckControl.dll is NOT the trouble. However, it needs to be hacked with a special version (Try BitTorrent) to allow future updates and/or you can use the Trixie hack.

    The KB907474 garbage (a sort of separate issue) is removed as follows as this guy posts:

    "login to windows xp in safe mode and....

    delete WgaTray.exe from c:\window\ssystem32
    delete WgaTray.exe from c:windows\system32\dllcache


    load up regedit and goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinlogonNotify

    now delete folder 'WgaLogon' and all the contents

    Now reboot ;) and if by magic...."

    This seems to get rid of it. Now set Auto Updates to just notify and don't re-donload the thing again even if it is offered.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/27/2006 07:09:00 PM  

  • Download and install Trixie here:

    http://www.bhelpuri.net/Trixie/TrixieDownload.htm

    Take the following text between the lines of stars, omitting these lines, naturally, and put it in a text file named WGABypass.js

    *****************start

    // ==UserScript==
    // @name WGA Workaround
    // @namespace d09733c0-fe4c-11d9-8cd6-0800200c9a66
    // @description Windows Genuine Advantage Workaround (IE)
    // @include http*://*.microsoft.com/*
    // ==/UserScript==

    (function ()
    {
    // Fix Microsoft Downloads-based WGA
    var js = document.createElement("script");
    js.setAttribute("language", "JavaScript");
    js.setAttribute("type", "text/javascript");
    js.text = 'document.cookie="WinGenCookie=validation=0";'
    document.getElementsByTagName('head').item(0).appendChild(js);

    // Also fix Microsoft/Windows Update-based WGA
    // (Thanks MacMonkey and rest)
    window.g_sDisableWGACheck='all';
    }
    )();

    *************end
    You will have to remove any strange carriage returns this board put in the text, but that's life. The original text is 21 lines long. The first six lines start with // The last 14 lines start with the line beginning with (function. Line 15 starts "var js =" The lines starting with // are comments and may be wrapped to a second line with a carriage return you have to remove. // lines have an end you have to figure out. Other lines end with ;. You should be able to reconstruct the 14 lines of code with these hints.

    Now copy WGABypasss.js to c:\Program Files\Bhelpuri\Trixie\Scripts

    Reboot and now see if Windows Update now allows you to update.

    Do not download the KB905474 crap.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/27/2006 07:38:00 PM  

  • Some great posts here. Microsoft will be very agressive this time on WGA. I imagine it will just get progressivly worse until Vista ships. I hope we can all keep aware (and ahead) of future WGA updates.

    By Blogger digiblade, at 4/27/2006 07:47:00 PM  

  • I am the anomymous the posted the WGA Bypass.js text file. The preview led me to believe that the board mangled the text, but it didn't. My description on how to fix it is however, mangled. If you see 21 lines of text, including blank lines, copy these and put them in the file and it will work without editing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/27/2006 09:05:00 PM  

  • Auto-Patch torrent Fix here:
    http://www.demonoid.com/files/details/332193/

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/29/2006 11:10:00 AM  

  • MAY 4TH 2006!

    1. Start -> Search
    2. All Files & Folders and select More Advanced Options
    3. Check Search hidden files and folders
    4. Searcg for "WGA" with no "
    5. Rename WgaTray to WgaTray_ and Delete WGANotify
    6. CTRL + ALT + DEL Select wgatray.exe and click End Process Button
    7. In the search Results open WGATray.Settings with notepad
    8. Overwrite the WHOLE Contents with these:

    Balloon interval = 9999999999 days
    DaysBeforeBuyNow Unactivated = 9999999999
    DaysBeforeBuyNow Nongenuine = 9999999999
    Disabled = true
    Reduced reminders = true

    9. Save and close.
    10. Logoff and back on.
    11. No more tray! Now onto the waiting on login screen.
    12. Start -> Run enter regedit
    13. Goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WgaNotify
    14. Deleted the two keys beginning: NoRemove
    15. Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs. Check Show updates.
    16. Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications (KB905474) Click remove and on the next box click cancel
    17. Gone.. Close add or remove all programs and control panel.
    18. Back to registry Editor now remove the whole WgaNotify folder on the left, click it and hit DEL
    19. Goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Management\ARPCache\WgaNotify - Now click WgaNotify on the left and hit DEL
    20. Goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Eventlog\System\WgaNotify - Now click WgaNotify on the left and hit DEL
    21. Goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\Eventlog\System\WgaNotify - Now click WgaNotify on the left and hit DEL
    22. Now to kill the bitch... Goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify\WgaLogon - Now click WgaLogon on the left and hit DEL
    23. Logoff... GONE! Logon.... No timer!

    There you have it restart and next time uncheck it and select never show it on windows update!

    24. Restart - enjoy!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/03/2006 11:01:00 PM  

  • IT´S WORKING!!!! Great work. Thanks a lot

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/15/2007 12:43:00 PM  

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