How to: Remove Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) From the Registry

Hey guys are you bored and want to get rid of receiving Windows Genuine Advantage warnings on your Windows XP operating system. You don’t need to worry at all, just follow these simple steps using a quick registry fix and you can get rid of the program and its pop-ups. But be very careful while following the instruction, else your PC can be in trouble.


Steps How to Remove Windows Genuine Advantage From the Registry:

Step 1:

  • First thing you need to do is to click on “Start” button and then click “Run” icon.

Step 2:

  • In Run dialog box type “regedit” and click OK.
  • Now your register editor program will appear.

Step 3:

  • Navigate the following registry file:"MyComputer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify."
  • You can easily find the key by:
    • 1. Clicking “My Computer”
    • Then “Software” folder
    • Then “Microsoft folder”
    • Which will guide you to the “Windows NT” folder
    • Then go to “Current Version” folder
    • Then by “WinLogon”
    • And in last “Notify” folder

Step 4:

  • Inside the “Notify” folder find the “WgaLogon” folder and right click it.
  • From there choose “Delete” option and left click it.
  • The program files have now been removed from the registry.

Step 5:

  • Now to make the changes work, restart the computer, the program must have be removed from the registry by now.

Things that need to be remembered:

  • By following the above steps, only the program will be deleted from the registry, which will stop it from functioning and no more annoying pop-up. However it won’t delete the entire Windows Genuine Advantage.
  • Follow the steps carefully, I you don’t understand anything then it’s better to contact a PC support company for assistance instead of doing it yourself because deleting wrong files from the registry can lead to system failure.

To simply remove WGA from notification watch below video:

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  • Mike says:

    How do you unload WGA when those to files do not appear as on my computer. I have 2 days according to the warning. I had Word for 3 years and ran WGA before to check on other programs. Never had this problem. Now it appears but those files are not in my system.


  • Peter Kay says:

    can’t find the notify folder and winlogon as well but it still gives the message of not being genuine

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