Windows XP Validation Blue Star Icon On Task Bar

  redbarron 17:20 12 Dec 2006

Can anyone tell me how to get rid of the Windows Authentic validation (Blue Star Icon) that sits on the task bar.

I know how and why I got it, and I know how to avoid installing it again. But it would be good to remove it from the task bar.

Any thoughts anyone?


  Graham. 17:23 12 Dec 2006

Right click the Taskbar, Properties, Customize?

  cdb 20:03 12 Dec 2006

How did you get it? as it appeared on my pc and then disappeared on the next start up. :S

  lotvic 20:30 12 Dec 2006

from 'removewga' a programme that you can download and remove the blue star that is in your bottom right hand corner.
click here

  redbarron 09:52 13 Dec 2006

Thanks for that lotvic. It worked a treat.

  redbarron 10:04 13 Dec 2006

You get it when Microsoft sends you automatic updates. They include a file that checks to see if your copy of WINDOWS is genuine or not. If it is not, then it automatically installs the blue star icon in your task bar and frequently tells you that you are running a COPY of WINDOWS.

To stop this happening again do the following.

1. Download and run the program that lotvic (above) has supplied. (IT WORKS)

2. The next time Microsoft send you updates, click on the 'Custom install'option in the download box. This will show all updates that are about to be installed on your PC. Just look for the Windows Genuine Advantage update. Then, either remove it, or check the box next to it to stop it being installed.


  Stuartli 10:43 13 Dec 2006

>>The next time Microsoft send you updates, click on the 'Custom install'option in the download box.>>

In order to do this you have to have Automatic Updates configured to "Notify me about updates but do not download or install them" - you can then click on Customise and select only those you require.

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