Monday, June 25, 2007

Windows Genuine Advantage - Patch

Today, one of my colleagues asked me if I had a work around for the WGA crap (windows XP).. I did share the info with him, and what surprised me (a little) was that he wanted to forward the patch to his friends as well.

The reason I was a little surprised was, because I honestly believed that by now almost everyone would've managed to acquire at least one patch which worked for them.

Obviously, not everyone has.. so here it is, just in case anyone needs it. I used this a loooong time back and it didn't give me any problems. My colleagues pc too seems to be running fine and the updates are not a problem anymore. So if this works for you, great. If it doesnt.. well shit happens.

1. Go to START > Run

2. Type in "regedt32" [enter]

3. On the left pane go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents

4. Double-click on OOBETimer on the right pane

5. Change at least one digit of this value to deactivate Windows (then close the registry)

6. Go to START > Run

7. Type in "%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a" [enter]

8. Select "Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to activate Windows" [Next]

9. Click the "Change Product key" button at the bottom

10. Type in "V2C47-MK7JD-3R89F-D2KXW-VPK3J" for your key

11. Click "Update" button (n thats it.. click whateva u need to to get out... )

12. You're done, close up and reboot just to be sure

13. Have fun Windows Updating!

Updated patch - here

2 Opinions:

Unknown said...

excuse moi!!!

but what's the net result of this???

L o r d R a j said...


everytime a user wants to run a windows update, Microsoft checks if the windows installed on ur system is genuine or a pirated copy. u dont get the updates if u have a pirated copy.

Updates are now offered only to those who manage to get through this check. (n that crap is called WINDOWS GENUINE ADVANTAGE)...implyin, if u want the updates, either get a genuine copy of windows or find a work around.

for some time now there have been tonns of work arounds available. some of the initial ones stopped workin when microsoft updated the Windows Genuine Adv crap.

The one posted here seems to be workin even now.

ofcourse, if u dont bother with the updates, then u dont really need this patch.

as i mentioned, i had figured that by now, everyone wouldve found a reliable work around. but since someone asked me abt it recently, it was obvious that NOT everyone did manage, hence i posted it up here.