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Old 05-28-06, 02:14 AM
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Is there a way to uninstall Windows Genuine Advantage?

A friend of mine downloaded this with some other automatic updates. Any way to uninstall it?
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Old 05-28-06, 08:14 AM
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Why would he want to? Isn't this part of the verification program for the updater?
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Old 05-28-06, 09:38 AM
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I think you need it if you want to get new updates. It used to be that you could disable it and you would still get automatic updates but I think they changed that.
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Old 05-28-06, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Mopower
I think you need it if you want to get new updates. It used to be that you could disable it and you would still get automatic updates but I think they changed that.
I'm pretty sure you will still get critical updates. I don't think you can uninstall it. There are ways to disable the annoying message that always pops up, but I don't think we can get into that here.
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Old 05-29-06, 05:13 AM
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Use system restore to return to the last checkpoint before the WGA tool was installed. If you set automatic updates to advise you of updates you will be told about critical updates, and you will still be able to download them.

I also had problems with the WGA tool earlier this month, despite having a valid copy of XP pro. The install refused to complete and my computer locked up whenever I tried to open a page with ActiveX content thereafter. The EULA for the WGA tool (KB905474) states that it's beta, and shouldn't IMO have been distributed as a critical update. Microsoft's support forums are packed with people whose computers running legit XP OSs have been crippled by this piece of software.
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The file that controls WGA is LegitCheckControl.dll in the C:\WINDOWS\system32 folder. You can go from there.

I have a Dell Inspiron 700m which came with a valid copy of XP. Still, WGA is damn_annoying.
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Old 05-30-06, 03:08 AM
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Originally Posted by SlartyBart
Use system restore to return to the last checkpoint before the WGA tool was installed. If you set automatic updates to advise you of updates you will be told about critical updates, and you will still be able to download them...
The system restore trick didn't work, the easiest thing may be to do a reinstall, downloading critical updates from mirror sites.
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Old 05-31-06, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Heat
The system restore trick didn't work, the easiest thing may be to do a reinstall, downloading critical updates from mirror sites.
Can you point me to the mirror sites?
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I'm pretty sure you can disable it with a couple of patches that are floating around.
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