How To Remove The Windows Genuine Advantage Popups In Windows XP

Posted on June 26, 2010


If you have ever downloaded an invalid or pirated version of Windows XP, you may have encountered the “Windows Genuine Advantage” notifications at some point. These consist of popups, notifications, and permanent desktop spashscreens that try to convince you to buy the full copy of Windows, but most people regard them as simply annoying.

But, there is a workaround to all this madness. Just open up your Command Prompt, and enter in the following line of code:

cd C:\Windows\System32

Doing this will bring your command prompt to the folder System32. Now enter this:

taskkill -IM wgatray.exe

This will kill the task “wgatray.exe” which is partially responsible for the popups, however, this isn’t a permanent fix. As soon as you reboot your computer they’ll just appear again, but there is another way around this. Go to your C drive, go to Windows, and then go to system32. In the system32 folder you’ll want to look out for two files: wgalogon.dll and wgatray.exe.

Once you have found these files, go to Tools, and Folder Options. Once in the Folder Options dialog, uncheck the box that says “Show Extensions For Known File Types” and click ok.

Now, you can see the extensions of wgalogon.dll and wgatray.exe. You can’t delete them, but you can rename them. Just add a useless extension to them like .bak (make sure you leave the original extension, for example, wgalogon.dll would become wgalogon.dll.bak) which will render the files void and unusable. After that, you’re just a quick reboot away from never seeing those notifications again!