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WGA Removal:Tool for WGA Notification Removal.

Updated on June 12, 2014

How to remove Windows Genuine Advantage(WGA) notification

WGA removal from your PC
WGA removal from your PC

How to carryout WGA notification removal from your PC

If you are anxiously searching for ways to carryout WGA removal fom your PC, either manually or by a good WGA removal tool, then you have hit upon the right article. The annoying Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) error notification shows up continually on your PC screen when your computer Operating System has not passed the validation test. The validation test can fail if you have installed a pirated copy of Windows OS or sometimes it may just occur for no apparent reason at all. In this post I am going to show you the step by step procedure to carryout Wga error notification removal manually, which you can implement right away. However, before I discuss about WGA removal let me first explain what Windows Genuine Advantage is.

What is Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA)?

Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) is a program created by Microsoft that makes online validation obligatory for some of the recent Microsoft products. It is an anti-piracy program that is automatically installed if Windows Automatic Updates are enabled. If you go to the Windows Update site, it will ask you for installing this validation tool before you can select the updates from the Microsoft update website. By accepting to install this validation tool, an ActiveX component in internet Explorer is installed to check validation of the Windows license. If, for some reason, this tool fails to validate your Windows, then it’ll always show you a warning that you may be a victim of software counterfeiting and that your Windows is not genuine. It will show up on your log on screen and make you wait for some seconds. And when you log on, it will appear in your status bar and will keep annoying you. Windows Genuine covers Windows XP, Windows Vista and current versions of Windows7

A step by step guide for WGA removal

Here is a step by step guide for WGA removal manually from your PC.

1) Go to the Start Menu and click on Run;

2) Type ‘system32’ (without quotes) in the box and click ok;

3) Click on the ‘Tools’ tab at the top of the ‘system32’ window. Then click on the ‘Folder Options’ in the drop-down menu and then click on ‘View’;

4) Click to un-check the box beside "Hide extensions for known file types", click on ‘Apply’ and then click on ‘OK’;

5) Find the file ‘WgaLogon.dll’ and rename it with an extension. For example you can rename the file as ‘WgaLogon1.dll’ or ‘WgaLogon.dll1’. When you see a message warning you against the change of name of the file, click on ‘yes’;

6) Now go to ‘system32’ window again, locate and delete the ‘WgaTray.exe’ file and instantly open the ‘Task Manager’ window to end 'WgaTray.exe' ( Be quick enough while removing the ‘WgaTray.exe’ file as the program will pop up again within seconds after you end it);

7) Click on the "Processes" tab, select ‘WgaTray.exe’ and click on the "End Process" button;

8) Now go back to ‘System32’ window and remove the extension you gave to ‘WgaLogon.dll’. For example, if you renamed the file as WgaLogon1.dll, then change it back to ‘WgaLogon.dll’;

9) Reboot the computer to let the change take place;

Windows Genuine Removal Program
Windows Genuine Removal Program | Source

WGA removal tool

By implementing the steps mentioned above you should be able to fix manually the WGA notification successfully and permanently on your PC. Nevertheless, for some reason if this manual WGA removal process fails to work, you need not worry. Several good WGA removal tools are out there to do the thing for you automatically. ‘Perfect Uninstaller’ is one such program which can automatically perform the removal process reliably of any unwanted programs, which cannot be removed by the standard Windows Add/Remove Programs. This free to try WGA removal tool forcibly removes the annoying Windows Genuine Advantage Notification permanently from your PC by following three simple steps. Firstly, it will uninstall the program from the PC, then it will scan the registry and the hard-drive thoroughly to find any leftover files related to the program and lastly it will remove all traces of these files.

When you manually try to remove the program, it can not always be guaranteed that the WGA removal will be effected completely by removing all the left over files related to the program. This is because when doing it manually, you really can’t force a complete uninstall by scanning all the areas of the computer including the registry, which can only be done by uninstaller software. It is, therefore, highly recommended that for effecting Windows Genuine Advantage notification removal completely including all the related files from your computer you should take help of a powerful WGA removal tool like ‘Perfect Uninstaller’. Other notable software for this purpose are ‘WGARemover’ and ‘MUBlinder’.

Follow-up after effecting WGA removal

Once the process to fully uninstall and remove Windows Genuine from your PC is completed, It is recommended that you change your preference for 'Automatic Updates' in Control Panel so that WGA notification doesn’t make its way back onto your system. For this you may follow the following steps:

Go to Control Panel > Security Center > Automatic Update Settings;

Select ‘Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them’;

Click Ok;

Click on the ‘Windows Updates’ icon;

Un-select the box beside ‘Windows Genuine Advantage Notification Tool’;

Click on Download;


After you have successfully carried out WGA removal either manually or by a WGA removal tool, make it sure that next time you check the list of downloads so that you do not re-install any new version of WGA program on your computer due to oversight. You also need to remember that after removal of Windows Genuine Advantage notification you will have to perform all Windows updates manually whenever necessary as your preference for 'Automatic Updates' has been changed. However, in external links, you will get program that will allow you to perform updates, regardless of genuineness of your Windows version. Nevertheless, it is better to go for a genuine version of Windows because it will entitle you to get all non-critical updates including for Media Player 11 and Internet Explorer.


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      radharenu 5 years ago from India

      Happy to know it worked.

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      Vidhya L 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you! It works perfectly.

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      radharenu 5 years ago from India


      Thanks for your comments. After step-4 check to make sure that the window that comes up has a full screen of various files. The files are in alphabetical order, which makes it easier to locate the file- ‘WgaLogon.dll’

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      Vidhya L 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks! You can also just give escape every time the window pops up and it works fine for me. One more thing, I was unable to see the wgalogon.dll after giving esc to the pop-up, so I think this solution works only when the pop-up is there. I will try it after reboot.