Good 5. Major Geeks Special Offer:. Not Helpful 27 Helpful I tried the procedure in safe mode. It worked three times, but doesn't anymore. The rundll. What can I do now? This wiki is just resetting the XP Activation grace period, which you can only do 3 times and then XP stops working.
You must enter a legit XP key and activate online or over the phone for XP to keep working. WGA Notifications has appeared in several beta versions, with slightly different behaviors.
And Microsoft appears to be actively developing this tool. For many people, the fact that the software giant is delivering WGA Notifications, and also continues to deliver WGA Validation as needed — as high-priority security updates — is a strong note of insincerity on the part of the software giant. Microsoft may be kidding itself that WGA has some sort of security aspect, but most knowledgeable computer users aren't buying it. At press time, when WGA detects a problem, it lets you keep running Windows, periodically popping up WGA Notifications nag screens to make sure you know that your Microsoft software may be counterfeit.
If this happens to you, you should pursue WGA Notifications process; it may provide you with information that will help you rectify the problem. WGA Notifications may be annoying, and it does directly contact Microsoft's servers on its own, but it is WGA Validation that actually makes the determination about whether you're in license compliance. WGA Notifications is primarily a messenger, and some of its messages may be helpful. HAL Admin 6 days ago. Mohan 3 years ago.
LM 4 years ago. Jadu 5 years ago. Even if WGA does not really make the program unusable, no updates except critical ones can be downloaded from Microsoft. Rather than just disallowing updating, Windows Vista originally ran in reduced-functionality mode if found by WGA to be compromised,   which has made some people compare WGA to time bomb software. The notification tool has been accused of spyware -like behavior, " phoning home " on a daily basis.
Despite this, Microsoft was sued under anti-spyware statutes over WGA's non-disclosed "phone home" behaviour. The WGA program can produce false positives incorrectly identifying a genuine copy of Windows as "not genuine". This can happen for any number of reasons such as failed updates, etc. Microsoft has established a forum to help users encountering problems.
On June 18, , news surfaced that it is possible to positively validate as a "Genuine Microsoft Product" user and as a result be able to download certain software from Microsoft 's official website using Internet Explorer with IEs4Linux and Wine , running on Linux ,  without even having a Windows -family system installed. I'm sure some of this will make it in in some form or other - it just takes attention from a few wikipedians better versed in the subject than myself.
No more bongos , 12 September UTC. OK Comments removed. Can anyone elaborate? Kipholbeck , 10 November UTC. The article is clear. Automatic updates settings gives the user the option to "notify" updates. That means that the user is automatically told when there are available updates, but the user then decides whether or not to download and install them. Where an updated version of wga is delivered in this way, the user has the option to deselect wga from what they are downloading and installing.
Judging by the latest IE installer and various other things, the WGA offical logo is JUST that starfish, so someone might want to get that image from their site somewhere and replace both current FUI images with that one.
When I downloaded the last directx, i needed to install WGA. I dont know if it runs like in XP, because it detected as a Genuine Product and i didn1t get any problems.
It seems that, starting today, Notifications doesn't appear for me in Microsoft Update not too unusual, since they've been known to disable it for certain locales or groups or the Microsoft Update Catalog okay, now that does raise eyebrows. Anyone know what's up? Is this news? Or is this just a temporary thing?
I have removed the NPOV tag because there is no discussion of the neutrality of this article on the talk page, even by the editor who put the tag up. Which leads me to believe that it is the opinion of one editor. It has been up for over two months. If anything, this article is concilliatory towards Microsoft. WGA Remover 1. Description Details Versions.
Only an idiot would use any OS other than XP. All the rest is rubbish! It's easy to spot those who aren't computer saavy - they all rally to just on the bandwagon for the latest 'trendy' fad, to see can crash their machine first. Likely, they're nearly all in the botnet now. Caveat emptor! Well, you might as well be better off downloading the Windows XP Performance edition.
Once installed, you can install updates for life, and never worry about WGA. I'm fairly sure when a security hole is discovered that could lead to malicious exploits it is marked as critical.
It's unlikely that Microsoft would leave it as optional until something happened. I'm of the opinion that if your PC is well secured anti-virus, software firewall, something like PeerGuardian installed removing WGA which doesn't help "secure" your PC in anyway isn't going to make any difference to security.