If you are encountering WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) Notifications every time you start up and login to your system, and you want to permanently delete these notifications then this article can help you. See the screenshot below of the pop-up I am talking about.

WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) Notifications on Windows XP Operating System

WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) Notifications on Windows XP Operating System

What are WGA Notifications?

First of all let’s know what are WGA Notifications and why they appear at start-up?

Windows XP’s latest security updates contains a tool called WGASetup.exe which causes the WGA Notifications to appear at start-up. They appear because either you are using a pirated Windows XP operating system or you have changed your operating system key through some way. Sometimes, they also appear even if your Windows XP software is genuine.

How to permanently remove WGASetup.exe?

Here is the quick guide to permanently remove WGA Notifications.

  1. On Windows start-up, open Task Manager by pressing “Ctrl + Alt + Delete”.
  2. Click at “Processes” tab on Task Manager and look for the process WGASetup.exe. Right click on the process and select End Process Tree.
  3. Go to : Windows XP Start Button Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Scheduled Tasks
  4. Delete WGASetup in the Scheduled Tasks.
  5. Now delete this folder : C:\WINDOWS\system32\KB905474
  6. Now go to Windows XP Start Button Start -> Run and type services.msc and hit OK to start Services utility. Double click on the entry Automatic Updates and in the pop-up window choose Disabled in Startup type option. Then click on Apply and then on OK. Close Services window.
  7. Restart Windows.

That’s all. Now, WGA Notifications won’t bother you anymore.


Step 6 discussed here disables Windows Updates and hence prevents WGA Notifications to appear again. However, you won’t be able to receive Windows Updates.