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Tuesday, July 27

How to Fix Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Error

What is Windows Genuine Advantage?

Windows Genuine Advantage is Microsoft's not so subtle crackdown on illegal piracy of Windows XP and Microsoft Office products. Microsoft started with an ActiveX component to force owners of Windows XP to validate their version before downloading security updates. Unfortunately this particular scheme was rather easily foiled by groups on the net and workarounds appeared almost instantly including cracked files and javascript fixes.

Now Microsoft is becoming more advanced in their attack on pirated versions of Windows XP or Microsoft Office. They are including a Windows Genuine Advantage security patch in the updates of Windows XP. The newest patch, released the first week of June 2006, actually produces popups on the login screen and on the desktop explaining that this version of Windows XP is not genuine and the owner may be the victim of software counterfeiting.

If your version of Windows XP is not genuine and does not pass the validation schemes, you will not be able to download security patches from Windows Update, or install the latest version of Internet Explorer 7 and other software. For those users that do have a valid version of Windows XP, Microsoft offers some special promotions.

Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) is a Windows XP application that automatically checks to validate that the computer is using a licensed version of the XP operating system. If it can't validate that the version is a licensed copy, an error message incessantly prompts the user to install a licensed version.

Some users are reporting that WGA has been tagging perfectly legal copies of Windows as illegitimate, and the constant validation prompts are irritating
Step 1
Make sure all data on your computer is backed up. This is advised anytime you are making changes to a computer's system. It's an important precaution.

Step 2
Shut down your computer.

Step 3
Reboot in safe mode by holding down the F8 key when you turn the computer back on. You'll be given the option to boot in safe mode. Choose that option.

Step 4
Open the Start menu at the bottom left corner of your screen and select "Run." A command prompt window will open. In the command prompt window, type "regedit." This will open the registry editor.

Step 5
Back up the registry in case of error. Find the registry editor's menu. Click on "File" and "Export." Under Export Range, select "All," and save to a folder that you can locate easily.

Step 6
Once your registry is backed up, search the registry editor for a folder called "wgalogon." Delete this folder and close the registry editor.

Step 7
Search your Windows for any other files that start with "wga" and delete them.

Step 8
Restart your computer normally and you'll never receive a WGA notification again.


There are two possible solutions here. One is caused by a permissions problem in the registry. To fix this issue, follow the steps below:

1. Click Start, and then click Run

2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK


4. Locate the subkey HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\LegitCheckControl.LegitCheck

5. Right-click the subkey and select Permissions….

6. Ensure that Administrators allowed Full Control permission

7. Repeat steps 3-6 for the subkey


If this does not fix the issue with KB905474 update not installing, download the update to your desktop and manually install it.

1. Click on the link below to download the KB905474 update manually


2. On the File Download Window, click Save and choose to save the file to your desktop.

3. After the file downloads, go to your Windows desktop and double-click on the file named


4. Follow the instructions on the screen to install it

5. Reboot your computer and go to Windows Update to check if the update as installed successfully.

Another reason why the validation may fail occurs when the ActiveX control for the Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool has been disabled. Follow the steps below to make sure the ActiveX is enabled.

1. Open Internet Explorer

2. Click on Tools, Internet Options

3. Click on the Programs tab

4. Click on the Manage Add-ons button

5. Find the Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool and click on it

6. Verify the Add-on is enabled, if it is not. Click Enable and Ok twice to exit back to Internet Explorer.

7. Close Internet Explorer and reopen it. Now try to validate Windows again.

A third error deals with Cryptographic Errors. If you are receiving the following information when running the WGA diagnostic tool, the problem is generally with corruption in the digital signatures of some files and they will have to be reregistered.

windows xp universal key


this key works on all windows xp edition and with any service

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If you are finding the message like “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” means nothing to worry because you can fix this problem very easy. Usually this message pops up while logging in windows. This message will show a message near the system tray and keep reminding about the problem that Windows is not genuine. This has been reported especially for genuine users to get prompted. There are so many methods to fix this trouble but none of them gives the proper solution. Here we have a solution for fixing this trouble, really it is working.

1.Launch Windows Task Manager.

2.End wgatray.exe process in Task Manager.

3.Restart Windows XP in Safe Mode.

4.Delete WgaTray.exe from C:\Windows\System32.

5.Delete WgaTray.exe from C:\Windows\System32\dllcache.

6.Lauch RegEdit.

7.Browse to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify

8.Delete the folder ‘WgaLogon’ and all its contents

9.Reboot Windows XP.

As soon as you complete the above steps it will pop up again like Windows is Not Genuine. You can fix even this trouble just follow the following steps.

•Ignore Step #2 of ending wgatray.exe before restarting to Safe Mode as it serves no purpose.

•At Step #4, wait on the deletion confirmation dialog box and then open task manager to end wgatray.exe

•When you are again prompted for a confirmation for terminating the process, align that confirmation box over the delete confirmation box.

•Press Yes on the Task Manager prompt and then quickly press Yes on the deletion confirmation. (You need to repeat this if you miss it)

•If you did it quickly then you will be able to delete the file.

•Step #5 can be missed. I was able to do it without the Step #5.

•Complete Step 6 to 9 as instructed.

Once you finished the all above steps just follow these steps too.

•Go to Control Panel > Security Center > Automatic Update Settings.

•Select the third option “Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them“.

•Click Ok.

•Now when Windows Updates icon will appear in the system tray (it will take some time), click on the icon and it will display a list of available updates.

•This time unselect the checkbox of Windows Genuine Advantage Notification Tool, and click on Download.

•Select “Don’t notify my about these updates again” so it will ignored every time updates are downloaded.

•From the next time, make sure to check the list of download so that you might not install any new version of this tool. [ More ]

Windows Genuine Validation 1.7.0036.0 Patch Crack

Windows Genuine Advantage Validation has been updated to version or 1.7.0036.0 since May. WGA validation is anti-pirary measure used by Microsoft in Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003 and up-coming Server 2008 to limit the ability of illegitimate Windows users to download extras and updates. WGA v1.7.36.0 is believed to only deploy to some system running Windows XP.

Again, Team ETH0 was quick to release a crack or patch for WGA As usual, the patched and cracked WGA by ETH0 only works on Windows Updates and Microsoft Download Center, and removes any non-genuine notification nag message. The crack does not bypass the separate built-in genuine validation test in the setup installer. So you still won’t be able to install WMP11 or IE7 with just cracked LegitCheckControl.dll.


Unpack the zip achive, and then unpack again wga17360.rar. Run install.bat to automatically apply the patch. If you never have any WGA DLLs installed on your system, you may have some error message shown below, which can be ignored.

•The process “wgatray.exe” not found

•Could Not Find C:\Windows\system32\wgatray.exe.old

•Could Not Find C:\Windows\system32\wgalogon.dll.old

•The system cannot find the file specific

Guide to more ways to crack and bypass WGA.

Disclaimer: This article is for educational and informational purpose only.


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