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On screen warning saying I may be a victim of software counterfeiting


The message is prompted by Microsoft Windows WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) software.

To start I must advise you that the best thing to do is contacting Microsoft, and asking them as to proceed, as the system installed on your computer may be counterfeited.

See:How and when to contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support


If you get the Microsoft Genuine software warning, that usually means that the installed system key is not recognized as valid. This often happens when the system is installed with a number that is not the one printed in the sticker.
In some case the WGA message was prompted in presence of genuine Windows installation because of a system bug.



If you have a Windows version that is the same as the license number printed on the COA sticker, then the best thing to do is changing the number and then validating Windows again. See here:Genuine Microsoft Software.

If your installed software is a different version from the one you have a valid COA (eg. XP Home Edition on sticker vs. XP Professional installed), then you must install the Windows version for which you have the license or purchase the proper license for your system. Any unlicensed use of Microsoft software will be illegal.

In case you want temporarily need to remove the Genuine Microsoft Software warning before installing genuine software, you can follow the steps below.

Method 1 System Restore.

A system restore to a date before the warning started will stop the message.
The restore will set the the computer to the same state it was in the date before the warning message started.
The data will not be deleted, but all settings and software installed after restore date will be affected. Do a backup of your data before starting system restore.

See: How to perform System Restore on Windows XP

Method 2 Software utilities.

There are several utilities to remove the WGA logon message. Try the ones listed below.

RemoveWGA.exe,

Remove WGA 1.2.exe.

Method 3: Delete software and change registry values.

You can get rid of the message changing the registries below. Do a backup of Windows registry before starting. If you change te wrong registry entry, Windows may not start. If that happens, then you will have to get rid of the problem installing a genuine Windows.

Launch Task Manager.by pressing Ctrl Alt Del at the same time. Look for the process “WgaTray.exe” and stop it.
Start computer in Safe Mode and delete the file WgaTray.exe from c:\Windows\System32
Delete WgaTray.exe from c:\Windows\System32\dllcache
Type Regedit in Run box and open Registry Editor.
In Regedit find the entry called : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify key.
Delete the folder WgaLogon and all of its contents.
Restart the PC normally.


The methods to remove the WGA message are not a solution to the problem. The procedures illustrated will remove the warning, but the system will not be properly licensed. Arrange reinstall of the system according to Windows version listed in your COA , or purchase a valid Microsoft product.


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why am does this message "you may be a victim of software counterfeiting this copy of windows did not pass genuine windows validation" promptly appearing on my desktop?


It means that the copy of microsoft windows installed on your system in not a Genuine Copy (not original, duplicate copy). If you purchased it from a retailer or from an online store etc.. you can complain them about this issue. We can get rid of this notification, but it's not legal. So I don't recommend the method, but instead you proceed with the complain. I hope you understand what I mean.

If you need further help, let me know.

Good luck.

Thanks for using FixYa.

Aug 24, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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how to pass genuine window validation


Please follow this simple troubleshooting procedure, courtesy of MS MVP
Carey Frisch:

1. Download and install the WGA Diagnostic Tool
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=56062

2. After running the WGA Diagnostic Tool, click on the "Windows" tab and
then click on "Copy to Clipboard".

3. Next, visit the following website and create a post in the "WGA
Validation Problems" forum and paste the results of the WGA Diagnostic Data
in a detailed post:
http://forums.microsoft.com/Genuine/...aspx?SiteID=25

4. A WGA troubleshooting specialist will analyze the data and recommend an
appropriate solution.
In the end you may end up having to buy a genuine copy of Windows XP.

Jul 06, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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This copy of Windows did not pass genuine validation. The product


Hello there
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here is how
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Jun 17, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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ask for genuine microsoft software


These instructions to disable or uninstall the pilot version of Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications are from the horse\'s mouth i.e. Microsoft itself.
Note: If you are looking to cleanly remove Windows Genuine Advantage Final version then look here.

Disable WGA Notifications
1. Log on to the computer by using an account that has administrative permissions.
2. Make sure that the WGA Notifications version that exists on the computer is a pilot version. The version format for the pilot version is 1.5.0532.x. In this case, you can uninstall versions 527-532 only. For example, you can uninstall versions that range from 1.5.0527.0 to 1.5.0532.2. To find the WGA Notifications version, follow these steps:
a. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
b. Double-click Add or Remove Programs, locate and then click Windows XP - Software, then click Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications, and then click Click here for support information.
c. In the Support Info dialog box, verify the version number, and then click Close.

3. Rename the following files by changing the extension to .old:
â» Rename %Windir%\\system32\\WgaLogon.dll to %Windir%\\system32\\WgaLogon.old
â» Rename %Windir%\\system32\\WgaTray.exe to %Windir%\\system32\\WgaTray.old

4. Restart the computer.

Manually uninstall WGA Notifications
1. Log on to the computer by using an account that has administrative permissions.
2. Make sure that the WGA Notifications version that exists on the computer is a pilot version. The version format for the pilot version is 1.5.0532.x. In this case, you can uninstall versions 527-532 only. For example, you can uninstall versions that range from 1.5.0527.0 to 1.5.0532.2. To find the WGA Notifications version, follow these steps:
a. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
b. Double-click Add or Remove Programs, locate and then click Windows XP - Software, then click Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications, and then click Click here for support information.
c. In the Support Info dialog box, verify the version number, and then click Close.

3. Rename the following files by changing the extension to .old:
â» Rename %Windir%\\system32\\WgaLogon.dll to %Windir%\\system32\\WgaLogon.old
â» Rename %Windir%\\system32\\WgaTray.exe to %Windir%\\system32\\WgaTray.old

4. Restart the computer.
5. Unregister LegitCheckControl.dll by using
Regsvr32. To do this, follow these steps:
a. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
b. At the command prompt, type the following, and then press ENTER:
Regsvr32 %Windir%\\system32\\LegitCheckControl.dll /u

6. Restart the computer.
7. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
8. At the command prompt, delete the following files by typing the Del command. Press ENTER after you type each command.
â» Del %Windir%\\system32\\wgalogon.old
â» Del %Windir%\\system32\\WgaTray.old
â» Del %Windir%\\system32\\LegitCheckControl.dll

9. At the command prompt, type regedit.
10. Locate and then right-click the following registry subkeys. Click Delete after you locate each subkey.
â» HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\WindowsNT\\
CurrentVersion\\Winlogon\\Notify\\WgaLogon
â» HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Uninstall\\WgaNotify

Jun 16, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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Getting nonerasable warning from Microsoft!!!!!!!


Hi,

You seem to be a victim to piracy from your local vendor. You can report him to Microsoft and receive a finder’s fee, which isn’t going to cover the cost of new Windows XP. So here are some alternatives.
With new release of WGA, some methods no longer works, and some has been updated. Several methods that has certain success on certain people, you may try until you success.
Official Method by Microsoft - more information here. http://www.mydigitallife.info/2006/06/28/official-ways-to-disable-or-manually-uninstall-the-microsoft-windows-genuine-advantage-notifications-from-microsoft/

or:
First Method
  1. Lauch 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.
Note: With this method, you may be prompted to install WGA Notifications again which can still be unselected.

Second Method

Another alternative is by using System Restore to restore the PC to a previous restore point that WGA Notifications hasn’t kicked in, and then carefully stop KB905474 from been applied to the system. To use System Restore, go to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Restore.
Note: Again, you may be prompted again to install WGA Notification, so it must be bypassed.

Third Method updated
This method involves using a cracked version of LegitCheckControl.dll to replace the original copy of LegitCheckControl.dll, and thus bypass the WGA validation and make Microsoft believes that your copy of Windows is genuine. To get rid of WGA Notifications warning messages, the patched version of WgaLogon.dll and WgaTray.exe to replace the existing files.
To apply the patch by replacing the files manually, try to end the respective processes in the Task Manager before deleting the existing files. Most likely is you will have to restart your PC in Safe Mode in order to replacing the original copy of LegitCheckControl.dll and related files. However, there has been automatic updater and even cracked WGA installer that automatically apply the patched version of WGA files.
Latest Update for WGA version 1.5.708.0 latest
Download http://www.mydigitallife.info/2006/09/27/remove-bypass-patch-and-disable-microsoft-windows-genuine-advantage-wga-validation-version-157080-with-legitcheckcontroldll-crack/
Latest Update for WGA version 1.5.554.0 latest
Download http://www.mydigitallife.info/2006/10/08/crack-and-patch-to-bypass-and-disable-wga-genuine-windows-validation-and-notifications-version-155540/ of Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool and WGA Notifications.

In the short of it, sometimes it worth to just get a legitimate copy so your problem will go away. Unfortunetely being the victim really sucks, because this will for every be a problem if you do any updating of MS software. If you look around (eBay etc) you may find some pretty good deals on Windows XP.

My best of luck to you.

Mark

Dec 31, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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