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    Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications

    Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications is a tool to help reduce software piracy. This tool will confirm that the copy of Windows installed on the PC is genuine and properly licensed. If it is not genuine, the tool will provide periodic reminders to help you take the appropriate action.
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      1.5 MB

        This is the most current release of Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications. We encourage you to upgrade to this version. This release includes enhanced features that reflect ongoing input from customers, as well as Microsoft’s continually improving anti-piracy technology.

        Specific features of this version include:

        • Improved Setup – An updated installation wizard for this package provides a new end-user license agreement and shows validation results immediately at the end of the installation process. No reboot is required following installation, and future updates to WGA Notifications will be received automatically.

        • Persistent desktop notification - This is an image that will appear over the system tray if your copy of Windows is not genuine. You can interact with icons underneath this image, but you will not be able to interact with the image itself or hide it from view. The persistent notification will continue to display until your copy of Windows is genuine.

        • Black desktop background – After installing this release of Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications on a copy of Windows XP that fails validation, the desktop will be changed at the next logon to a plain black background. You will be able to reset this to any wallpaper or other background color, but every 60 minutes the desktop will be reset to black until your copy of Windows is genuine. This plain black background emphasizes the new persistent desktop notification.

    • Supported Operating System

      Windows XP

        1. Click the Download button on this page to start the download.

        2. Do one of the following:
          1. To start the installation immediately, click Run.

          2. To save the download to your computer for installation at a later time, click Save.

          3. To cancel the installation, click Cancel.

        Please review KB905474 for additional details about this application.