How to Stop Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications in Windows 7

By Thomas King

Windows Genuine Advantage is a tool designed to prevent the pirating of Microsoft products. When you launch the Windows operating system, the Windows Genuine Advantage tool runs a test to determine if the operating system is "genuine." If the tool determines that the operating system is not genuine, it launches a notification telling you how to obtain a genuine copy. Unfortunately, some users have experienced false positives. If this is the case with you, you will want to stop the notifications.

Step 1

Restart your computer. Press "F8" repeatedly to open the Advanced Boot Options menu. Note that F8 opens the Advanced Boot Options menu on most computers. Some computers, however, require a different key. See your manufacturer for details.

Step 2

Highlight "Safe Mode" using your arrow keys. Press "Enter." The Windows operating system opens in Safe Mode.

Step 3

Click "Start," type "regedit" in the search field. Press "Enter" to open the Registry Editor.

Step 4

Right-click "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>Microsoft>Windows NT>Current Version>Win Logon>Notify" in the left pane of the Registry Editor and select "Delete."

Step 5

Close the Registry Editor. Restart your computer as you normally would.

Tips & Warnings

  • Editing the system registry is a technical process which, if done incorrectly, can cause significant system-wide errors. You should consider backing up any registry entry before deleting it. To do this, click the registry entry, then click "File" and "Export." Choose where you would like to save the backup. Click "Save."