A Windows Group Policy was added by later updates, causing this option to be unavailable by default, but still accessible if the policy were removed.

When a user installs Windows Genuine Advantage, an Internet Explorer add-on is installed labeled "Windows Genuine Advantage".

In early releases the tool could be readily disabled with the IE Add-on Management feature.

On Windows Vista without service packs, WGA validation failure has a greater impact.

In addition to persistent notification and the disabling of non-critical updates, WGA also disables Windows Aero, Windows Defender, and Windows Ready Boost.

(They should be in alphabetical order.) 6) After you click on it, there is a settings box below all the add-ons.

5) Scroll down to the Windows Genuine Advantage add-on. Remove WGA is a tiny standalone executable of 14KB and is total simplicity to use.Just run it and you will be told whether the WGA Notifications tool is installed or not, and if so, do you want to remove it.That’s all well and good, but you can’t even buy Windows XP any more even if you were using a pirated version and wanted to go legit!Although Windows XP is nothing more than an afterthought for Microsoft these days and they want it killed off ASAP, WGA is still very much alive and can still cause problems for users.Now when you get to the desktop, everything should be back to normal!