The previous article on methods to disable the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) Notifications and crack the WGA Validation Tool has became a bit messy, with lots of the bypass methods no longer works, or too troublesome to hack, and with wealth of information mined in the comments section. This article is the updated version which contains only the popular and easiest working methods on how to crack, disable or remove the WGA Validation Tool and WGA Notifications from your Windows XP machine, and how to bypass genuine Windows validation required when downloading certain software apps such as Windows Defender, DirectX, Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Media Player from Microsoft, and when during to process to install the application.

WGA Version Release History (1.9.0042.0) on 2010 (1.9.0040.0) on 26t March 2009 (1.9.0009.1) on 6th February 2009 (1.9.0009.0) on 8th January 2009 (1.8.0032.1) on 22nd November 2008 (Possibly Fake) (1.8.0032.0) on 18th October 2008 (Possibly Fake) (1.8.0031.9) on 23rd September 2008 (1.8.0031.0) on 26th August 2008 (1.7.0069.2) on 18th March 2008 in Vista and 1st April 2008 in XP (1.7.0069.1) on 21st March 2008 (1.7.0059.1) on 18th October 2007 (1.7.0059.0) on 7th October 2007
1.7.0036.0 ( on May 2007
1.7.0018.7 (
1.7.0018.5 ( on 21st March 2007
1.7.0018.1 ( on 28th February 2007 (Download link – Improved setup, user interface and user assistance.)
1.7.0017.0 ( on 16th February 2007
1.5.723.1 on December 2006
1.5.722.0 on 7th December 2006 (Download the from here or go to validate Windows to install the ActivaX.)
1.5.716.0 on 31 October 2006 (previously released via Genuine Microsoft Software page, and click on Validate Now button. It’s possible that this version is released by other events such as when downloading from Microsoft. Only LegitCheckControl.dll is updated. Thanks to Sari.)
1.5.708.0 on September 2006 (distribute to whoever wants to download from Microsoft Download Center. Only LegitCheckControl.dll is updated.)
1.5.560.0 on 27th November 2006 (KB905474 Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications direct download link location – Enhanced features: Improved Setup with a new installation wizard that provides an overview of the tool, shows validation results immediately at the end of the installation process, and requires no reboot. Redesigned User Interface on system tray notifications to more visually appealing with clear links to full details of each message and further options for resolving any problems. Improved User Assistance with improved messaging for users who are unable to complete validation, along with links to more and better self-help tools.)
1.5.554.0 on September 2006 (direct download link URL)
1.5.540.0 on 28th June 2006 (direct download link URL)
1.5.532.2 on 6th June 2006 (direct download link URL)
1.5.532.0 on 30th May 2006
1.5.530.0 on 23rd May 2006
1.5.526.0 on 26th April 2006 Domain Redirection Trick with Hosts File Entry – Permanently Genuine

The simple hack will make your Windows XP always genuine and activated, by simply routing the validation callback to your own PC.

Universal and All-in-One Way to Make Windows Activated (Passed WPA), Disable and Remove WGA Validation Tool (KB892130) and WGA Notifications (KB905474), plus Bypass and Skip Genuine Windows Validation required when Download and Installation of Software for Genuine Licensed Microsoft Customers

Note: This method most likely works on Windows XP SP2 (Service Pack 2) only. If you still haven’t upgrade to SP2, you can download Windows XP Service Pack 2 that no need any validation to download and install via direct download link.

  1. Download the WindowsLicense.rar or wpa_registry.rar (links and downloads removed due to complaint from Microsoft) archive files which contains the same registry’s registration file with .reg extension.
  2. Extract the archive to retrieve the registration file.
  3. Double click on the registry entry file (with .reg extension), and answer Yes when asked whether want to add the information to the registry to hack the registry.
  4. The Windows is fully licensed, legal, genuine and activated. You should be able to pass all validation of Windows Genuine Advantage program required at anywhere, including Windows Update or Microsoft Update, Microsoft Download Center, validate with Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool, validate from Genuine Microsoft Windows online, setup installation of WGA apps and etc. Of course, until the next Microsoft update.

The registration file actually put in the following registry keys and branches to the Windows registry:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WPAEvents] "OOBETimer"=hex:ff,d5,71,d6,8b,6a,8d,6f,d5,33,93,fd

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion] "CurrentBuild"="1.511.1 () (Obsolete data - do not use)"

If you can’t download the files above, simply open any text editor, copy and paste the above text (make sure the format is text only and not a rich text, as the quotation marks (which is distorted by WordPress) matter to make the registration file you created yourself works), and the save the file with .reg extension. The double click on the .reg you created to apply the registry trick.

Note: Some users reported that the hack on the registry trick is erased, reverted or reset once reboot or restart your PC. If so, use the patch or crack listed below for your version of WGA.

Make Windows Genuine and Legally Licensed by Changing Windows XP Product Key (CD Key)

A bit tough method, as most likely the Windows XP license key or CD key or volume license key (VLK) that is leaked where you can find on the web is already or will be blocked and blacklisted by Microsoft. However, if you can find a OEM PC preinstalled with genuine Windows or computer that installed with legal and activated copy of Windows, you can retrieve the unique Windows Product Key or CD key from the PC and share to use the product license key on your copy of Windows. Of course, it’s against the TOS (Terms of Service) for Windows OS, and not advisable.

If you still want to try to find a valid VLK or product key serial of Windows, and use and update the valid key to your non genuine and non legal copy of Windows XP, here’s a list of tools and utilities to retrieve or modify and change the Windows XP Product CD Key. Here is the step-by-step guide to change product key to make Windows genuine permanently.

Warning: If you use a invalid or demo CD or Product Key, you may screw up your Windows installation and need to re-validate the Windows.

Patched or Cracked Version of LegitCheckControl.dll, WgaLogon.dll and WgaTray.exe

If the above methods do not work, you can try to use the cracked or patched version of WGA related files in order to trick and hack WGA validation agent to believe that the Windows is genuine.

WGA version (1.9.0042.0)

Download WGA crack for v1.9.40.0.

WGA version (1.9.0040.0)

Download WGA crack for v1.9.40.0.

WGA version (1.9.0009.1)

Download WGA crack for v1.9.9.1.

WGA version (1.9.0009.0)

Download WGA crack for v1.9.9.0.

WGA version (1.8.0032.1) (Possibly Fake)

Download WGA crack for v1.8.32.1.

WGA version (1.8.0032.0) (Possibly Fake)

Download the crack for v1.8.32.0 of WGA.

WGA version (1.8.0031.9)

Download the crack for v1.8.31.9 of WGA.

WGA version (1.8.0031.0)

Download the crack for v1.8.31.0 of WGA.

WGA version (1.7.0069.2)

For both Windows XP and Windows Vista and other Windows Server 2003/2008 product, visit the details here.

WGA version (1.7.0069.1)

Cracks from ETH0 available here.

WGA version (1.7.0059.1)

Visit here for crack details.

WGA version (1.7.0059.0)

Visit here for crack details. This version onwards, WGA Notifications files will be deleted.

WGA version (1.7.0036.0)

Visit here for crack details.

WGA version (1.7.0018.5)

More details and ways to bypass v. here.

WGA version (1.7.0018.1)

More details and ways to bypass v. here.

WGA version (1.7.0017.1)

Visit here for download link and more details.

WGA version 1.5.723.1

Download crack for 1.5.723.1 version of WGA (download removed due to complaints from MS), more information and installation instruction can be found here. Partially works to enable download from Windows Update, Microsoft Download Center, and eliminate the non-genuine warning message.

WGA version 1.5.722.0

Download WGA crack for v1.5.722.0 (link removed due to request from MS), more information and installation instruction here. Able to fool WGA validation in Windows Update, Microsoft Download Center, and stop the non-genuine warning message.

WGA version 1.5.716.0

Fully workable crack (except validation during setup) for WGA v1.5.716.0 by downloading LegitCheckControl v1.5.716.0 patch (download removed due to complaints from Microsoft), visit 1.5.716.0 crack page for details and patch instruction, with thanks to ESI.

Not recommended partially working way, download Windows.Genuine.Advantage.Validation.v1.5.716.0.Crack (download removed by MS) by ETH0, which contains an installer.bat which will automatically terminate and kill WgaTray.exe process, backup and then replace the originals with patched LegitCheckControl.dll, WgaTray.exe and WgaLogon.dll. Or you can download the cracked LegitCheckControl.dll (download removed by MS) and replace the downloaded modified to overwrite the original LegitCheckControl.dll in \Windows\System32.

Alternatively, try to uninstall and remove WGA ver 1.5.716.0 by removing the LegitCheckControl.dll, WgaLogon.dll and WgaTray.exe from \Windows\System32 folder, and download the WGA v1.5.554.0 or v1.5.540.0 from the link above, and apply the patch for WGA 1.5.554.0 or 1.5.540.0.

WGA version 1.5.708.0

The patch and crack to this version of WGA tools is not working in its entirety on every Windows installation. You may try to download patched and fixed version of LegitCheckControl.dll (link removed due to MS request) and replace the original LegitCheckControl.dll version 1.5.708.0 in \Windows\System32 folder. Another patched LegitCheckControl.dll, which is “upgraded” from previous version of LegitCheckControl.dll is available here or here (downloads removed by Microsoft). It’s a installer that will install patched LegitCheckControl.dll v1.5.708.0, WgaLogon.dll v1.5.540.0 and WgaTray.exe v1.5.540.0, and will works on Windows Update and disable the non-genuine warning message in Windows XP only. Visit this article for more information.

Alternatively, try to uninstall and remove WGA ver 1.5.708.0 by removing the LegitCheckControl.dll, WgaLogon.dll and WgaTray.exe from \Windows\System32 folder, and download the WGA v1.5.554.0 or v1.5.540.0 from the link above, and apply the patch for WGA 1.5.554.0 or 1.5.540.0.

WGA version 1.5.554.0

Download and install the patched and cracked WGA KB905474 installer from here (link down due to complaint from Microsoft) that will install fixed LegitCheckControl.dll, WgaLogon.dll and WgaTray.exe. If you want to replace the files manually, download this zip file (download removed due to complaint from Microsoft). Visit this article for more information.

WGA version 1.5.540.0

Download the cracked KB905474 WGA Notifications installer setup file that contains patched version of LegitCheckControl.dll, WgaLogon.dll and WgaTray.exe from here and here (removed due to DMCA request from Microsoft). Run the installer setup to crack the WGA so that your Windows will appear genuine and valid.

WGA version 1.5.532.2

Download the patched WGA Notifications installer from here (removed due to DMCA complaint from BSA). Installation of the patched installer will install cracked LegitCheckControl.dll, WgaLogon.dll and WgaTray.exe to replace the original unmodified version of the files. Alternatively, you can replace the original version of LegitCheckControl.dll manually by downloading the cracked LegitCheckControl.dll from here (link removed due to MS DMCA request) and extract it.

WGA version 1.5.532.0

Download LegitCheckControl1.5.532.0.muiz.fixed.rar (removed due to complaint from Microsoft), extract the content and execute the executable that will replace the original WGA file LegitCheckControl.dll with the cracked edition.

WGA version 1.5.530.0

Download the WGA cracks by ICU or ETH0 (downloads removed due to complaints from Microsoft). Extract the content of the archive that contains patched edition of LegitCheckControl.dll. Replace the original edition of the LegitCheckControl.dll in the \Windows\System32 with the modified version.

Disable or Uninstall and Remove Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications KB905474

If you never and don’t want to download and install any Microsoft software and don’t care about Windows updates, but just getting sick with the annoying warning nag message that keep telling you that your copy of Windows is not genuine and may be is a counterfeit software, you can use the official way posted by Microsoft to disable or uninstall the WGA Notifications. The trick is simple, by just deleting or renaming 2 files i.e. WgaTray.exe and WgaLogon.dll and follows a few simple steps to unregister LegitCheckControl.dll and remove the WGA registry entries.

Bypass genuine Windows validation required during download and installation of Microsoft software exclusive for WGA genuine customers with Direct Download Link and specific application installation instructions

If all of the above methods failed rendering the Windows installed as non-genuine and counterfeit copy, making it unaccessible to various services and software apps that available exclusively to genuine Microsoft customers with valid licenses only, under Windows Genuine Advantage program. WGA restricts access to some programs by requiring validate process to check if the Windows is genuine or not when trying to download the program setup file or when during the installation of the said program.

However, it’s still possible to directly download the WGA protected or restricted software apps from Microsoft by using the direct download link or URL to the installer setup files. This method will allows downloading from Microsoft without passing thru or skip the validation check.

Once downloaded, the application can be installed by using specific instructions that valid only for the respective program setup installation only. For some of the bypass WGA method for popular applications, follow the below links.

Internet Explorer 7
Windows Media Player 11
Windows Defender

Disclaimer: This article is for informational and educational purpose only, and most information is found and retrieved from Internet. Readers should contacts Microsoft if their purchased or OEM software license cannot be validated.