How do I prevent the "Windows Genuine Advantge Notifications" messge from popping up at startup? See screenshot.

Im not sure if I have a valid copy of XP or not. My friend from a long time ago, helped me install it. We dont talk anymore, so I cant ask him. Nonetheless, I just want this mesaage to be disabled, or stop appearing each time I log into the system. Max point given for best solution offered.
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B HConnect With a Mentor Commented:
what you're seeing is the WGA tool trying to get installed (your screenshot)

this is left over from a recent windows update you did

all you need to do is this:
start > programs > accessories > system tools > task scheduler
delete the thing there that says WGAInstall (or WGA whatever, just delete it and you're done)
John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Cancel the message. Now go to and check if your XP installation is genuine. If is not, you have to license the installation - no legal way around that.

If you have a legal XP, go to Windows Update, see if you can run it, and either let WGA run (no harm if you are legal) or disable the update. Check the option for Always disable and you should not see it again.

My guess (because I have seen WGA lots) is that you may possible have a licensing / activation issue.
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Donald StewartNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Have you just followed the prompts? Clicking thru the next's

If you didnt have a valid copy you would see a different message as below

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Michael OrtegaSales & Systems EngineerCommented:
Like dstewartjr said just complete the installation wizard and let it do its thing. If it find that you don't have a genuine license it will let you know and then you can resolve that.

John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have a non-genuine Windows Home machine in the basement from a client. It started and ran fine. It was not until I tried to install Security Essentials that it told me it was not valid. I did as I said in my first post and tested and indeed it failed WGA on that basis.

So all these answers are the same: Let WGA run and it will tell you if you are not legal. ... Thinkpads_User
The solution to this is really simple -- but you need to do it BEFORE this invasive M$ software deactivates your entire windows installation, to where you can no longer boot anything from the hard drive.  The solution is that you simply provide it with a GENUINE key that the new windows updates (which you auto downloaded, and did not realize had invasive programming in them to spy on your system) sees as valid.

There are MANY ways to do this -- research the topic at --
But do it SOON !!!
Serge FournierAnalyst ProgrammerCommented:
here is a .VBS file to update your windoes xp serial code:

(but you need a valid code)

' WMI Script - ChangeVLKey.vbs
' This script changes the product key on the computer


'Wscript.echo "Script can't run without VolumeProductKey argument"
'Wscript.echo "Correct usage: Cscript ChangeVLKey.vbs ABCDE-FGHIJ-KLMNO-PRSTU-WYQZX"


'=== clef stas
VOL_PROD_KEY = "xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx"

VOL_PROD_KEY = Replace(VOL_PROD_KEY,"-","") 'remove hyphens if any

for each Obj in GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}").InstancesOf ("win32_WindowsProductActivation")

   result = Obj.SetProductKey (VOL_PROD_KEY)

   if err <> 0 then
      WScript.Echo Err.Description, "0x" & Hex(Err.Number)
   end if


msgbox("la clef windows xp pro francais stas est maintenant active dans votre windows")

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Donald StewartNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Change product key??? Not necessary here. The popup is only continuing to appear because the WGA is not getting completed.
rtang626Author Commented:
Thanks. This works. Very simple instructions.
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