This copy of Windows is not genuine – how to fix

Microsoft, in a rather brilliant move, has released an update that checks your OS serial against a list of known leaked serials (corporate edition keys, etc). If your serial matches one of them then it puts a darling little message on the bottom right hand of your login screen, and also a system tray icon that nags you to buy a genuine copy of windows.

It will also pop up a dialog that says “This copy of Windows is not Genuine
“This copy of Windows is not genuine and you have not yet resolved this issue. This computer is no longer eligible to recieve select security upgrades from Microsoft.

This Copy of Windows is Not Genuine

To protect your copy of Windows, you must click Get Genuine now.”

Every so often a little balloon will pop up that says “You may be a victim of software counterfeiting.” Below that it will say “This copy of Windows is not genuine. Click this balloon to resolve now.” If you’re working on a system that has this running it gets annoying in a hurry. What the time interval between pop-ups is, I don’t know, but I imagine it’ll drive most people to buy a legit key after a while just to get the thing to shut up.

Fixing the popup is easy enough.

Reboot to safe mode. Open up HijackThis and scroll down to the selection that says “020 – Winlogon Nofity: Wgalogon – …” select that, and click fix checked.

You can also go and delete the actual executable that nags you. The full path to it should be (for most installs) C:\Windows\System32\wgatray.exe.

Reboot after this. No longer should you get the popups and that nagger as you log in should not show up either.

Instructions for Windows 7

The easiest way to fix the issue in Windows 7 is to use the ChewWGA tool that I’ve located. You can download it from here:  Looks like that site is down now. For the time being, you’ll just have to search for it unfortunately.

UPDATE #2: Alrighty, since all the versions that everybody seems to find are .rar’s that have been password-protected for some retarded reason, I’ve provided a free and clear .zip here.

UPDATE #3: HAL7600 has superseded  ChewWGA. Use it instead.

UPDATE #4 [10/11/2011]: HAL7600 is no longer maintained. Furthermore, Windows Activation Technologies latest Windows Update KB971033 disables Windows 7 activation cracks by using dynamic signatures as well as “calling home” to Microsoft servers to check up on the system every so often.

  1. Load the control panel and open up Programs and Features, then click on View installed updates
  2. Scroll down to the Microsoft Windows section, and locate KB971033. If it is installed, select it, right-click and then click on Uninstall. Reboot your system.
  3. If you’ve used any previous Windows 7 Activation cracks, then download and run WAT Fix. [If you've not previously loaded an activator you can skip this step]  This will restore Windows 7′s activation files and settings to their original defaults that way Windows Loader has a standard setting/file set to work from (instead of trying to crack files that have been already modified in unknown ways by other activation cracks). WAT Fix will scan the system and restore any modified files, after this is completed it’ll reboot the system.
  4. Download and run Windows Loader. When it’s complete, reboot your system to make sure that it no longer pops up the non-genuine nag window and that your desktop doesn’t have the nag text at the bottom-right hand corner.
    Windows Loader v2.0.8 - Windows Activation Technologies crack for Windows 7
  5. Run Windows Update and hide KB971033 so that it doesn’t attempt to re-install itself in the future.

ChewWGA v0.9 "Windows Not Genuine" Fix for Windows 7

Close all the apps that you have open, run the program, and then click “Apply”. One virus scanner incorrectly identifies it as some kind of virus because of the compression that it uses, but I’ve tested it on 3 different machines (including my main Windows 7 Ultimate test machine) and it is clean.

Note: I am NOT condoning software piracy! If you have jacked your copy of Windows then it’s time to buy one!


  1. JR says:

    it works:))
    thanx a lot:)
    you can download Chew-WGA from here-

    AUTHOR EDIT: Use this instead –

  2. maly says:

    thank you very much it was a big problem

  3. Bonnie says:

    I keep getting this pop-up that says I do not have genuine Windows.

    Also that I have counterfeit windows. ???

    I also can not download any window updates or fixes.

    Help me if you can.

  4. Lorenzo Lorenzo says:

    You can remove the window update failure by going into the registry under hkey_current_user\software\microsoft\windows\policies\explorer….click on explorer and erase the “NoUpdate” DWORD key…….close registry and go to and manually start windows update

  5. Ruby says:

    @ JR: what’s the password please? thanks!

  6. JJ says:

    Hey Lorenzo, I can’t find a policies tab under hkey_current_user\software\microsoft\windows\policies\explorer

    Any other suggestions?


  7. Joel says:

    What if screen is black? No options, nothing to click? How get to safe mode?

  8. Thomas says:

    Hi, this “The copy of Windows is not genuine” just popped up today, when I turned on my computer. It’s a black screen, and it says “Windows is not genuine etc” at the down right corner.
    I have tried both your solutions, but I can’t seem to find
    either “020 – Winlogon Nofity: Wgalogon – …” in HiJackThis, or the C:\Windows\System32\wgatray.exe. file.
    What should I do?
    Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate.

    Thanks in advance!

  9. neetika says:

    Hi My windows was giving this problem but i ignored it as the system was working properly…and then suddenly yesterday my windows cant load and i cant even start it on safe mode etc.
    Can you please help…i think the windows is pirated one in my laptop beacause few months back i had given my laptop for repair as hard disc had crashed.
    Need your help.
    Please reply

  10. Satman says:

    This is a very easy fix DO NOT ENTER NO CODES NOWHERE!!!! Simply go to HELP & SUPPORT From your START MENUE. In the SEARCH BOX type PRODUCT KEY. Scroll down where it says ACTIVATE WINDOWS ON THIS COMPUTER. Click where it says CLICK TO OPEN WINDOWS ACTIVATION. A box will appear. Choose the CENTER BOX and type in your product key thats on your tower or underneith your laptop. Click your ENTER BUTTON and thats it. REBOOT your computer ONE TIME and the error will be gone.

  11. sajath says:

    Gr8 work done ….

  12. something says:

    whats the password

  13. MASI says:

    can you tell me the password

  14. nayan says:

    hey me to have the same problem of dat my windows is not geniun soo plz help me to solve it plzplz

  15. jfksjf says:

    hjkh hey me to have the same problem of dat my windows is not geniun soo plz help me to solve it plzplz

  16. troubles says:

    Yo thanx
    it happens to me today. I use your stuff and it still works! super!

  17. richi says:

    whats the password?please

  18. This is a guide on how to make your copy of
    Windows XP genuine without any cracks, keygens
    1. Click on “Start”
    2. Click on “Run”
    3. In the blank box, type in “Regedit” and click OK
    4. When a window opens, you will see a tab that says “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE”, expand that
    5. Once you expand that tab, you will see another tab that says “Software”, expand that tab
    6. Once you expand that tab, you will see another tab that says “Microsoft”, expand that tab
    7. Once you expand that tab, you will see another tab that says “Windows NT”, expand that
    8. Once you expand that tab, you will see another tab that says “CurrentVersion”, expand
    that tab.
    9. Once you expand that tab, you will see another tab that says “WPAEvents”, double click on
    that tab.
    10. Once you double click on “WPAEvents”, you will see a file that is named “OOBETimer”.
    11. Double click on “OOBETimer” and a new window should open, when that window opens,
    delete all the characters you see (It will be a very strange code consisting of
    number, letters and strange symbols). Make sure that you HIGHLIGHT all the characters, and
    then delete them. When you have finished deleting the characters,
    the only ones remaining should be “0000″.
    12. Once you have done that, click OK and close everything.
    13. Now again, go on “Start” and click on “Run”.
    14. This time, type this in “%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a”.
    15. A new window with the title “Let’s activate Windows” should open.
    16. You should see three options when that window opens, select the one that says “Yes, I
    want to telephone a customer service representative to activate Windows”,
    and click “Next”.
    17. Once you do that, it will be say “Generating New Installation ID”, and then another page
    should open up.
    18. On the bottom of the new page that opens, you should see a button that says “Change
    Product Key”, click on that.
    19. Now it will take you to a new page, and you will see 5 blank boxes, fill those boxes up with
    this key “THMPV-77D6F-94376-8HGKG-VRDRQ”.
    20, Make sure you have copied the key CORRECTLY, once you have done this, click on
    21. Once you have done this, it should say “Generating New Installation ID” and take you back
    to the previous page.
    22. This time just click on “Remind Me Later”.
    23. Now restart your computer, and you’re done, your copy of Windows XP should now be
    If you have any questions or any problems with this method, please do comment on this torrent
    as I will be more then happy to help, this method is a bit
    complicated so I wouldn’t expect everyone to get it straight away, if you are really struggling
    then I strongly encourage that you do comment.
    If you’re not sure about something, or if you can’t seem to carry out one of the steps then once
    again, please do comment as I am here to help. If you were
    able to carry out all these steps successfully then I hope that your Copy of Windows XP is now
    genuine, then I would also appreciate if you could give out
    some tips as to how to make this task easier for others who may be struggling.
    By- Sameer

  19. Ryo says:

    can i do this if my windows is not genuine?

  20. Sameer says:

    Hiiiiii Ryo, if u use my trick u wil get all genuine windows.if u wanna to kno dar ur windows is genuine or not then try tu install wmp11 or IE-8 if it want to update ,than ur windows is not genuine otherwise if install u r lucky……..

  21. milind says:

    Hi,Dear sameer,
    Your answer of question by shubhra Jana, i have followed the all steps and now my problem sorted out.
    I am facing this problem due to i have formatted my laptop and lost my genune windows xp software.
    thanks a lot. And can i go for the option of automatic updates now? please suggest me.
    Thanks again

  22. sharath says:

    dude………i’m not able 2 delete the file – wgatray.exe….I cant even end the process in windows task manager! Help please….

  23. tony says:

    thnx a lot Shubhra J Jana-sameer. it was so annoying

  24. gabz says:

    Is there anyone who knows the password of chewWga.rar i download it and it was compressed by winrar protected by password. why you guys post the download link then didn’t gave the password, useless. please tell us the password.

  25. william says:

    yes i had that prblem with the wga,in the tray and on screen couldnt even keep a wall paper on and screen went black finally got rid of it thank god i pressed alt,ctrl,delete,went to the task manager the processes and it was in there i deleted it and it took it away soon i ended the process.

  26. jaimin patel says:

    you may be a victim of software counterfeiting.

    this copy of window did not pass genuine windows validation what i should do for this please reply me

  27. TLC says:

    Hi can any 1 tell me the password please, thanks.

  28. TLC says:

    Hi Guys,

    Find below some links. I used today, I have been looking for a solution for months and have tried so many patches etc but with no joy, till today.

    Any ways, I have an origenal Win7 64Bit O/S.

    Film explains all, I watched vid and just selected RemoveWAT.exe as I already had origenal Win7 O/S.

    I selected RemoveWAT and wait a couple of mins and thats it..
    and here is his link to the tools you need:

    Good luck all.

  29. Rockhard says:

    This just happened to me. This is a brand new HP touchscreen with Win7. I noticed it rebooted over night, so I assume Win updated itself.

    Satman above had the right solution. I have a valid copy of windows – it came installed and I’ve re-installed – and all I need to do was verify it. Good job Satman.

  30. Denise says:

    I have genuine Windows Vista on my machine as it was purchased 2 years ago from PC World.
    However I do not have an activation key & all of a sudden I am getting the Windows needs to be activated.
    When I folow the link to try & activate I get an “error on page” message & then it just changes the page to a bling search engine.
    What can I do to get my machine back to normal? Is there anyway I can find out my key as I changed my case last year & the system didn’t come with a recovry disk or anything & I have never made one. (stupid I know).
    Please help as my only other option is to take it to a shop & pay out money I don’t have.
    Thank you.

  31. filc says:

    Hi Shubra.. can i do it in window 7?

  32. Chris says:

    I just want to tell Satman that I repair computers, but trobleshooting software is not my bag. I appreciate his help with this issue and it worked fine…………good job dude.

  33. guillermo says:

    Can I Typing any number combine with any letter in that 5 box for product key,or have had to type exactly how see here o, what?

  34. Kim says:

    Dear Sameer,

    There is no WPAEvents in Current Version, I have Window Vista. Please help !!!! Thank you.

  35. William says:

    Hi all, anybody knows the password for the downloaded rar file? thanks…

  36. tri says:

    thanks a lot

  37. Kevin Souter says:

    For any of you that haven’t been able to find a non password-protected version of the file, I’ve got one for you here:

  38. Ram says:

    Hi, all any one knows the password for downloaded file

  39. Kevin Souter says:

    The file linked to in the article isn’t passworded.

  40. Ivan says:

    Got the problem today I cant find the wg thing in task manager

  41. sushan says:

    how can we know that windows is genuine or not?

  42. Aditya says:

    Hey Shubhra J Jana,

    can i try your solution for windows 7 OS,instead for windows xp..??

    please reply..waiting

  43. sunil says:

    its really useful………………..

  44. mohamed says:

    thank u verrrrrrrrrrry much ,finaly i’m relived

  45. Kevin Souter says:

    Perhaps you missed the ENTIRE bottom half of the article that shows how to address this issue in Windows 7…

  46. sarah says:

    it really works!!!!!!!!!!
    thnx a lot…..:)

  47. apostle13 says:

    thx a lot shubrha j jana

  48. RANA says:

    Rocking. thanx sameer. just type carefully.

  49. saif says:

    when i open the tab of activate window it does not display any thing………..Plzzzz……help me out

  50. outstandin says:

    Ah, perfect. Copied to thumb drive and will take it with me in case anyone else experiences the same problem. Thanks… outstandin

  51. Andrew says:

    Thank you so much for your solution…the chewWGA zip file did the trick! After spending hours and hours trying various online solutions, it is a relief to have one actually work.

  52. Jonesy says:

    Just FYI – seeing as this is the top search in google I’ll post here.

    New upstate installed yesterday hiding under the guise of a security certificate update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2524375).
    This will check if your copy on Win7 is genuine and throw up WGA notifications. Removing the update fixed the issue.

  53. amy says:

    Thanks. this worked perfectly on my windows 7 ultimate. YAY!

  54. Beany says:

    Awesome, chewWGA worked a treat :)
    Thanks a bunch.

  55. Jona says:

    I downloaded the file and ran it and it got rid of the message at the bottom right corner. I got ripped off by a seller through ebay, paid $180 and the software worked fine then a few days ago I got the message that my copy of windows might not be genuine.
    I called Microsoft and they told me that it was a builders copy and not a retail copy. They also told me there was nothing they could do other than sell me a new key for $190.

  56. Sweet! you are the boss, now i don’t have to spent hundred for one computer system anymore. Thank you for chewWGA

  57. OMG says:


  58. RONCAV says:

    Thanks so much! works like magic!

  59. mohammed says:

    when iwas full scanning for this computer, isaw new message on title icon consist for this pargrph (windows 7 Build 7600 this copy of windows is not genuine. please give me useful for this status..thaaaanks

  60. Knarf says:

    Now I can finally watch Netflix without having to sit next to the laptop in order to X out of that STUPID WNDWS Not Genuinemessage every 10 minutes. I don’t know who you are but much luv for posting this fix up. Bill Gate will survive without my $220.

  61. Jamaluddin says:

    Excellent stuff it works perfectly

  62. Sonu says:

    Hey a load of thanx..
    U really compressed the whole mess into a single zip..
    Worked perfectly.
    Excellent Trick.
    Thanx a lot again..

  63. Arun says:

    ur the man!!!!

  64. ravi says:

    Good idea really it worked for me

    Thanks a lot….

  65. Gujar says:


    Thank you

  66. Saurabh says:

    Thank you very much its realy helpfull…….

  67. Waleed says:

    from the deepest part of my heart thank you!

    I tried it for the first time but it didnt work then I restarted my computer and tried again and wow! it worked.

    Thank Allah

  68. shan says:

    pls send me the link for downloading chewWGA .please…..

  69. Chris says:

    WOW this actually worked on my windows 7 ultimate computer that WAS as far as I know a legit copy (was installed on a computer I purchased, which crashed)! I’ve tried for weeks to fix it. THANK YOU!

  70. elizabeth says:

    thanx a lot dear to fix my problem it really works lyk an angel for pc.

  71. karan says:


  72. MIHAIL67 says:

    Thank you so much for your solution…the chewWGA zip file did the trick! Thank you.

  73. Codeknight-Nairobi, Kenya says:

    Hi. I may never know how to thank you for this software.The ‘darling’ message is out of the bottom left corner of my desktop.I was a little suspicious at first that the download may be malicious but it worked pretty well (even Kaspersky didn’t know what happened!).Thanks a bunch.

  74. GAURAV YADAV says:


  75. regi says:

    awesum works

  76. Ajith says:

    Really great work

  77. Syd says:

    Mungu Akubariki.

  78. mullah says:

    hey why hadnt i seen this earlier!!iv been searching all over the net for a solution.av just stumbled upon this today,after i got another solution just yesterday.hey if anyone still has problems,email me i show you wat to do.imagine my desktop was totally black!with popus evry time.and each time i start the comp im given a stupid message to activate!!i had to delete some files in system32.”slmgr.vbs”and “systemcpl.dll”.and change some stuff!!wheww!!

  79. wasif says:

    Love you … Thanx

  80. KitG says:

    Followed your Install instructions for HAL7600 and used winzip15.5 to open but had pop-up saying – unhandled exception has occurred. Could not find: C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs. have I gone wrong somewhere? My copy of win7 ultimate is genuine as far as I am aware – black screen and not genuine comments getting really annoying.

  81. giorgio says:

    thnx man. it’s great works perfectly

  82. Amanda says:

    Thanks! Worked great! Stupid pop ups are gone! :D

  83. JM UK says:

    Fucking ACE !! best link ive ever used!!

  84. Michael Maardt says:

    no good. It worked OK, BUT my windows explorer stopped working !! so I reverted and now I am looking for another solution

  85. Deborah says:

    can i have a wooooop wooop
    thanks for this …worked a treat
    i love u lol lol

  86. shary says:

    I could not able to delete C:\Windows\System32\wgatray.exe. it shows access denied?

    Installed in Accident? How to resolve it?

  87. rickwick says:

    this tool is beeing detected as PUP by Avast.
    what to do? i am scared

  88. Jackey says:

    thanks a is a fantastic work.

  89. hey can you tell me how to fix it for windows xp? the program i had was from the store. It came on the pc. but I had it set for automatic updates and now for the past month its been telling me I dont have a genuine copy of windows. its taking up all the space on my pc and I have no idea how to fix it. Im not very smart at fixing pc problems. plz help. thank you so much.

  90. mohit mordiya says:


  91. Hamilton Manana says:

    Hi I was busy on my computer and suddently I received the messege that says Windows 7,Build 7601,This copy of windows is not genuine yet I’ve got 3 year with this computer.

    Please assist.



  92. Mohit says:

    thnk u very very very much bro it really works ……

  93. John says:

    Thank you for the information.

    Jonesy – You solved my problem with Windows 7 64-bit.

    I turned off a bunch of services to make my machine run faster and ended up with the this message.

    I understand what MS is trying to do, but geez, I’m really annoyed. I paid a lot of money for their OS and Office, and then they do this to me. Why should I prove that I am a legit owner. I registered all my software, and never use pirated software. Let them prove that my copy is pirated; not the other way around.

  94. TorqueR11 says:

    mine gives a trojan and so it gives a failed install D:

  95. Jack says:

    Thanks man HAL7600 works perfectly.

  96. jecskie says:

    a bunch of thanx!!! it works!!! very invinsible!!!
    Great job!!!

  97. Thanks for this, it really helped me. I’ve been trying to find out how to fix this problem for hours now.

  98. Utkarsh says:

    I have the similar problem with Vista. But over that I am unable to connect to the internet as my Vodafone Internet Dongle is throwing all sorts of errors and I cant even re-install it. My vista is indeed genuine and I have the product key sticker pasted on my laptop as well. Any help appreciated !!

  99. achyut says:

    awsome dude!It worked,This problem had fucking given lots of problem.Thanks!

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