Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications is different than Windows Genuine Advantage Validation. RemoveWGA only remove the notification part, phoning home, and does not touch the Validation part.
Is Microsoft about to release a Windows "kill switch"?
He told me that "in the fall, having the latest WGA will become mandatory and if its not installed, Windows will give a 30 day warning and when the 30 days is up and WGA isn't installed, Windows will stop working, so you might as well install WGA now."
Microsoft is committed to protecting consumers and software resellers from counterfeit software and other forms of software piracy. The company recently announced an expanded focus on those efforts through creation of the Genuine Software Initiative (GSI). As part of the Genuine Software Initiative, Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) has played a critical role in Microsoft’s efforts to help consumers learn whether or not they have a genuine copy of Windows and counter the growth of software piracy.
Today, Microsoft released an updated WGA Notifications package. With this update, the pilot phase of WGA Notifications is complete, and the program will continue with a phased roll-out to Windows XP users worldwide. All English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch and Brazilian Portuguese users of Windows XP running Automatic Updates will soon be offered an updated package with a new version of WGA Notifications.
The updated package includes some notable changes to the software based on customer feedback from the previous
- No daily configuration check
In the pilot phase, a PC that had installed WGA Notifications checked a server-side configuration setting upon each login, to determine if WGA Notifications should run or not. This configuration file check has been removed in the updated WGA Notifications package released today. It is important to note that WGA Validation still periodically checks to determine whether the version of Windows is genuine.
- Clearer EULA and instructions to opt-in.
The End User License Agreement (EULA) has been replaced with a standard, General Availability EULA that more clearly explains the purpose of the software and details about WGA Notifications. For customers who choose not to install the updated package, and wish to remove an installed previous version, Microsoft has made available a set of instructions for removing previous versions of WGA Notifications from their PC's.
Q: Will a consumer who accepted WGA Notifications during the pilot now be re-offered this new version?
A: Customers who have already installed WGA Notifications will be offered the option to accept the updated package. Participation remains completely optional, and all users can continue to receive critical security updates
Q: Will PCs still check back with Microsoft every day?
A: As soon as a customer installs the updated package of WGA Notifications, the computer will no longer perform the server-side configuration check upon each login. It is important to note that WGA Validation still collects information that is used to determine whether the version of Windows is genuine. Microsoft will not use this information to identify customers or contact them.More information on this can be found in the privacy statement located here http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/downlo ... yInfo.aspx and at http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/downlo ... laylang=en. From time to time Microsoft will make available a new version of the WGA Validation tool. When this occurs, a PC will run the validation check again.
The Wgalogon.dll and Wgatray.exe and LegitCheckControl.dll files may be hidden files that you would need to open up explorer and.
Click "Tools' -> 'Folder Options' -> "View Tab' and then check the box 'Show Hidden Files and Folders' and remove the check mark against 'Hide Protected operating system files'
You should then be able to see the files.
There could be some things that are causing confusion.
1. The MSKB webpage does not explain enough. That's a problem.
2. In Add/Remove, there is a checkbox at the top. Show Updates - this must be checked on. Otherwise you see other software programs but not Windows Patches. Nothing to do with Folder Options in Windows Explorer. This has to do with Control Panel items only.
3. When it is checked on, Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications (KB905474 ) is not listed as a standalone item. it is a subitem filed under Windows XP - Software Updates. So look for this parent item first and then under this parent item are the subitems, not listed alphabetically even if Sort by: Name is requested.
9. After WGA installed, it offered me WGANotify and the Commonwealth Games Daylight Savings Timezone resets.
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