Disable Windows® Genuine Advantage
What is Windows Genuine Advantage? Discuss methods for disabling it.
Windows Genuine Advantage is a program developed by Microsoft corporation that offers protection against software piracy. With the help of this software, the users can determine whether Windows Operating System or other applications installed in the computer is genuine or not. The genuine software gives an authenticity to the users with the product. Also, a complete information about the capabilities of the software is given to the users along with the future system improvements. As a result, users access the new features and updates provided by Microsoft Corporation. The program reveals to the users whether the software used on the user system is pirated one or not. It has activeX control programs that performs the validation check of the software used by the people. The activeX control runs the validation tool of Windows Genuine Advantage program to check the nature of the software while users try to download anything from Microsoft website.
Following are some methods to disable the system:
- Disable from Task Manager
- Disable from registry editor
- Disable from Windows folder option
Disable from Task Manager
Open the Task Manager window by right clicking on the taskbar or by pressing the 'control'+'alt'+'delete' keys simultaneously. In the Task Manager window, select the 'Processes' tab. The processes window displays the currently running processes in the system. Find the 'wgatray.exe' file from the list of processes. Select the option and click on 'End process' button. Now, Windows Genuine Advantage utility gets temporarily disabled from the system.
Disable from registry editor
Open the Start menu and select 'Run' option. In the text area provided, type 'regedit'. Now, registry editor window gets opened. Choose 'Edit' and find option from the registry editor menu. Now search for the following option in the window: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWinlogonNotify. Now right click on 'WGALogon' option provided at the new window and select 'Delete' option. Close the editor window.
Open Windows Explorer window and double click on C drive option. Now, select 'Windows' folder and then choose the 'System32' folder. Open that folder too. Now find the wgatray.exe file from the list of files. Delete the file and also delete the same file at the dllcache folder in the same window. Now, restart the computer. Windows Genuine Advantage is now disabled in your system.
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