How to Disable Windows Genuine Advantage SP3

By Anthony Smith

Microsoft offers a service pack known as SP3 for its Windows XP operating system. The service pack is an update to improve performance and a patch for known issues. But according to, computer users who have downloaded SP3 have complained that their systems now prompt them with a repeated Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) pop-up window whenever they start up their machines, causing not only an annoyance but privacy and spyware concerns as well. While WGA is an understandable measure Microsoft takes to protect itself against counterfeit copies of its software, even users that have legitimately bought their software are plagued by these reminders.

Step 1

Shut down Windows properly by clicking on the Windows "Start" button, then "Turn off computer," and then selecting "Turn off." Wait several minutes before proceeding.

Step 2

Restart your computer and press "F8" on your keyboard as the system is rebooting. This will cause the system to start up in Safe Mode.

Step 3

Click the Windows "Start" button on the Desktop. Click on "Run," and then type "regedit" into the text box that appears. Click "OK."

Step 4

Locate the folder labeled "wgalogon" and right-click on it. Then select "Delete."

Step 5

Go to the Windows directory. Conduct a search for any wga files by typing "wga*" into the search text box and clicking on "Search." Delete any wga files found. Close the registry editor.

Step 6

Restart your Windows operating system. Do not press F8 as Windows reboots. Once the computer restarts, you should have disabled WGA and stopped the pop-ups.