non genuine windows message

June 9, 2006 at 04:26:49
Specs: Windows XP home edition, pentium 4 / 512
My windows update downloaded a file which said my windows was non genuine. My service man loaded his copy on my machine. I want to know if I reload my copy of XP,which is definitely genuine, will I lose anything such as my Office and excel etc. I no longer have my Software which was stolen recently

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June 9, 2006 at 05:17:00
Microsoft has at long last decided to attempt to do something about the piracy of its programs!!!

The fact that it now includes this check in the update pages in unavoidable BUT, at the moment, it will not affect your ability to catch up on critical patches.

Your "service man", on the other hand, does need a phone call of complaint - he ought not to be permitted to escape from this! You may well have paid for a full version of XP - if you did then he should have given you the disk as well!

Your call now - no problem to contiue to run your XP nor to update the critical patches - but you'll get the messages pretty frequently, I suspect.

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June 9, 2006 at 05:55:06
If it is the same version of XP, then yes, but remember there are many variations, ie Retail, OEM, Corporate etcetc. Therefore best to phone Micro$oft....

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June 9, 2006 at 06:06:01
Information about Windows Update, and legal
or illegal copies of XP:

Description of Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA)
If the program detects a counterfeit copy, it will offer two options:

_Customers who fill out a piracy report, provide proof of purchase and send in the counterfeit CDs will get a free copy of Windows Home Edition, which retails for $199, or Windows Professional, which sells for $299.

_Those who simply submit a piracy report — giving details of when, where and from whom the operating system was purchased — and send in the counterfeit copy will get either version of Windows at half price.

The authentication process was optional until Monday. From now on, it will be required for all software updates except security patches.

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June 9, 2006 at 09:00:05
If you want to remove the non genuine notices, delete the keys and values containing "wga" in the registry and %systemroot%.
1. Run->regedit
Search for wga and wganotify and delete them all (especially wganotify)
2. In %systemroot% (windows folder), search for wga and delete all files containing "wga"
This should acutally get rid of window's "WGA" update
To fight future annoyances, in windows update options, you can get it to inform you about any updates before installing. When it informs you about the non-genuine update, just check the box that says not to install it.

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June 9, 2006 at 09:06:41
you can get rid of the annoying messages by locating and deleting the following two files
you will have to do this by booting in plain DOS using a boot floppy.
also the above files are located in c:\windows\system32 and two other locations (i can't remember where)
you can type "dir wgatray.exe /s /a" and
"dir wgalogon.dll /s /a" to locate all the copies.
all copies will have to be deleted.

i luv DOS

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June 10, 2006 at 09:28:35
Fix is here.

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June 10, 2006 at 11:46:10
Just deleting these files won't work. The process will still be running!

Find and rename the Windows Genuine file.

In System32 file.

How do I access system32?

My computer->local disk C:->WINDOWS folder
It's in alphabetical order so it would be farther down.

after you rename it delete it's remaining files and terminate it's current process in Ctrl-Alt-Del

Am I smart? How the hell am I supposed to know and if you were smart you wouldn't be asking such stupid questions. -Mort from Trip to Appleblossom City.

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June 10, 2006 at 15:25:58
Keep it simple!! See post 6.

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June 11, 2006 at 04:44:04
Thanks to all posters I will try #6 I own a legal disc but the repairman loaded his and removed my copy when he removed a virus. I will re-load mine Cheers guys

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