Mar 7, 2006
MDL Editorial Team

Bypass and Disable Genuine Windows Validation Check

Update: The patch no longer working. For complete listing of more ways to bypass the new WGA update, check it out here.

As detailed in Bypass Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Check in Windows Update, Microsoft has made it harder for illegitimate, or for whatever reason, your copy of Microsoft Windows couldn’t be validated, users to retrieve updates via Microsoft Updates or Windows Update, and download programs from Microsoft Download Center.

If you just want to download and apply critical updates to your system, you will be still able to do that without any hack and crack. Just set your Windows’ Automatic Updates (found in Control Panel) setting to Automatic, and let Windows does the updating job in the background. The downside is, it won’t get for you the optional updates.

If you want to download optional components from Windows Update, or simply want to download Windows Defender, Windows Media Player 10, Photo Story 3, DirectX 9 and other application softwares from Microsoft Download Center that require WGA validation tool, you will need to apply a easy and safe hack to bypass the checking.

  1. Open Windows Explorer by clicking Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Windows Explorer.
  2. Browse to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Windows Genuine Advantage\data folder.
  3. Delete (or backup or move to another folder, if you want) data.dat file.
  4. Create a new empty data.dat: You can create a new text file by (make sure you are at the right folder at above) clicking File -> New -> Text Document or right clicking on Windows Explorer window then click New -> Text Document. Then, either rename the file to data.dat. The original .txt extention of the text file need to be changed too. You can disable the hiding of extension of known file types, or follow the following steps to create a new file out of the text file:
    • Open the text document you just created.
    • Click on File -> Save As.
    • Change the Save as type to “All Files”.
    • In the File name, type data.dat
    • Click Save.
    • Go back to the Windows Explorer, at folder C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Windows Genuine Advantage\data, check that data.dat exists.
    • Delete the text file you created previously.
  5. Set the attributes of data.dat to Hidden and Read-Only. Attributes can be set by right click on the data.dat file, and then click on Properties.
  6. Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation check has been disabled.

Note: The data.dat that are replacing the original data.dat can be blank text file or empty, or you may type whatever you want there.

With this hack (or crack if you want), Windows WGA piracy check will be bypassed and you can now download software from Download Center or apply updates from Microsoft/Windows Updates.

Note: The hack no longer able to remove Microsoft Genuine Advantage that pop-up “This copy of Windows is not genuine” warning message by telling you that WGA encounters error when trying to perform validation. More details and ways to bypass WGA available here.

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  • unknow

    Open data.dat in notpad delete the text save it.

    go to properties select: Hidden and Read-Only click on OK and restart your computer. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • john

    Great work helping us out in this way. It worked fine, Thanks for your trouble puting it on the internet.

  • ROCKXP4.exe works..

    thanks a lot..

  • can i use it in windows xp sp3?

  • boby

    if i use this system restore, i will lose all data aquired from the time i updated this WGA? please answer me fast

  • LOL

    Sorry but it didn't work for me.

    Instead it says that the validation is incomplete and will not let me continue.

  • it worked very well for me and so as other users.

  • Peter

    as you know if your stuck and broke and have WGA not letting youn in you can try to activate by web and put "C:" in the Explorers window when it pops up. you cant get explorer.exe to run but you have a window that you can find your files. I just found that if you donload MS messenger and when its done downloading, in Firefox Download maneger "open folder" (Firefox download location :Desktop) where the start menu flashes, so the Startbar dowes show but the "Restore Destop Picture" fucks me up.

    http://download.live.com/?sku=messenger&wa=ws

  • Bippy

    Thanx guys,

    I really bypassed it

  • to remove genuine advantage

  • Shravan

    Mere system ke screen par icon hai nikalne ke liye kya karna hai software ko remove karna hia plz me help

  • Thanks

    for ur article about Bypass and Disable Genuine Windows Validation Check

    this works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • abu

    my screen displaces, u may b a victim of software counterfeiting and i dont know what to do

  • dhany

    thanks for ur article about Bypass and Disable Genuine Windows Validation Check.

  • tu.praveen

    1.install rockxp(free) [http://korben.afidium.com/RockXP4.exe]
    2.change xp key to JG28K-H9Q7X-BH6W4-3PDCQ-6XBFJ

    3.install ie7 or wmp 11

    4.validating ur xp will be successful

  • miguel

    Shovan´s method still works today!

    Thanx

    ———————————-

    Shovan

    February 11th, 2007 02:07 80Hi

    use these steps

    1. Download keyfinder.exe from info-ed.com

    2. Change the cd key to

    JG28K-H9Q7X-BH6W4-3PDCQ-6XBFJ

    Congrats!!! now your version of Windows XP is Genuine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kabir

    hey can some one help me with the site info-ed.com.What is this site and how can i use it to download keyfinder.exe.The idea was posted by Shovan.

  • gogotshi

    well if you want to have windowsdefender and skip wga:

    easiest way to do it..

    just download any version of windows defender and save it on c: then click on start—”Run” and type this without the cuotes

    “c:/WindowsDefender.msi -qr”

    (qr extension is for quiet mode no user interaction ) that will bypass wga validation and will go directly to install enjoy..

    thanks welcome

  • lil 0ne=)

    idont like how the genuine thing alwas pops up i just want to get rid of it(N)

    it shows up when i log on and it alwways pops up when im busy doing work and grrrrrr…

    i hate it(N)

    JEEEEZZZ

  • admin

    Shaun, please do not post everywhere and multi-post, else your comment will continue to be deleted as it's treated as spam.

  • RCAF

    Eestlane Thanks alot for that d/l .. worked like a charm.. cant thank you enough

  • wildcats1369

    the keyfinder have a virus found using NOD32

  • admin

    Application Data is hidden, but this hack no longer works.

  • Rasmus

    Hello i did follow your guide until i came to C:Documents and SettingsAll Users, And there was not no folder named Application Data. If anyone know why, and what else to do then please help me!

  • ALex

    This is old news, I like that crack they posted but I doubt it will work for long,

    Vista is better then XP

    BTW, want free software? cracks and more go here:

    http://forums.mydigitallife.info/index.php

    Get Anti virus, discuss windows and more!

  • yed

    thank you so much shovan!

  • JAy

    thanx shovan ur the best. the cd key really did work. thanx again

    Shovan

    February 11th, 2007 02:07 80Hi

    use these steps

    1. Download keyfinder.exe from info-ed.com

    2. Change the cd key to

    JG28K-H9Q7X-BH6W4-3PDCQ-6XBFJ

    Congrats!!! now your version of Windows XP is Genuine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Eddie

    Will I be able to get SP2 with this? Will I still have to avoid the validation process? will I be able to get all the updates now? I will try this later on ,if this works I just want to say …Bless you my friend!!

  • kristi

    thank you very much!!!!

  • rawchard

    whoa what an easily working crack shovan haha, compared to everyone else's… props…

  • Abed

    thx a lot shovan your way worked good looking out

  • manny

    big ups to Shovan. his crack worked!!!

  • Shovan

    Hi

    use these steps

    1. Download keyfinder.exe from info-ed.com

    2. Change the cd key to

    JG28K-H9Q7X-BH6W4-3PDCQ-6XBFJ

    Congrats!!! now your version of Windows XP is Genuine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ๐Ÿ˜€

  • prasad

    hi

    im a studet

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  • I desparately need Photo Story 3 to complete a project. Cannot download due to the "alternate method for validation" required on the page. What did they do now? Wish they'd just leave me in peace to fight their quirky software.

  • Corey

    i tried the "skip validation process" above and it says that windows was unable to tell if your version is genuine or not. then it gives me intructions telling me what to do.

    Follow these steps to resolve the issue and

    complete the validation process

    1.Click Start, and then click Run.

    2.In the Open field, type %ALLUSERSPROFILE%Application Data and then press ENTER.

    3.Delete the Windows Genuine Advantage folder.

    4.Run the validation process again.

    if i follow those steps im afraid it will say my version is not valid and annoy me with that. so what should i do?

  • Boss

    theres a new dll file… can't access download from microsoft sites now… can still use windows update though…

    someone crack the new legit control already… will ya

  • NnN
  • mr. x

    i found this way didnt work for me so what i do which works everytime is click , run , in open box put %ALLUSERSPROFILE%Application Data ,then click Windows Genuine Advantage , i then open the data file with notepad, then dlete all the text and then save it, this has to be done everytime you want to download something tho.

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  • Ever got frustrated trying to update your Windows OS through Microsoft Update only to discover that for some mysterious reason it won't work? Maybe a corrupt DLL, conflicting software, firewall, other problems? muBlinder could be of use to you!

    http://www.p2plife.com/forums/index.php?s=&sh

    Windows Internet Explorer 7 Installation Crack:
    http://www.mydigitallife.info/2006/10/19/bypass-a

    Windows Media Player 11 Installation Crack:
    http://www.mydigitallife.info/2006/10/31/how-to-h

  • uux

    Thx very much 4 that tips…

    it's working so nice…

  • infiniteam

    I have successfully hacked again the WGA Validation Tools, here's what you exactly do:

    Download a version of hacked WGA here and intall it to your PC then reboot:

    http://rapidshare.de/files/26401615/KB905474Hacke

    After reboot, to to C:WINDOWSsystem32

    then look for the file LegitCheckControl.dll and delete it, then replace it with this:

    http://rapidshare.de/files/26400839/LegitCheckCon

    then Restart you PC.

    After doing this, you should be able to download all the necessary update!

  • Viki

    I have Dell Laptop and using Pirated XP Professional version I followed the

    Third Method updated

    (Latest Update for WGA version 1.5.532.2)

    using this method I'm able to download the Updates directly from the Microsoft site but Not able to install after the download, it says the XP Key is invalid? why?

    Regards

    Vikas

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  • MP

    System restore did the trick, thanks.

  • Administrator

    Execut3r, visit this page for more info. Look for the comments section for downloads.

  • Execut3r

    A new version is out: 1.5.540.0. Anyone have the update?

  • Manster
  • excalibur
  • mahiur

    hey can someone tell me how I can install

    Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2. I get the eror which says that validation was unsuccessful. Please help!

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  • silverwing
  • scott

    after downloading, Windows Media Player 11 (beta), and overcoming WGA, i get this

    "Setup cannot continue

    (one or more of the following problems has occured during Setup.

    Windows Genuine Advantage Validation

    Setup was unable to validate that your copy of Windows is genuine. Click Finish to close setup and naviage your web brower to the Windows Genuine Advantage WEbsite for additional information."

    How do i over come this and get Windows Media Player 11 installed?

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  • John

    …it is confirmed that all other possible ways to "Bypass WGA" no longer works! Our wonderful friends at the "OS Ranch" have made less possible and more difficult to obtain updates! This monopolizing, jauggernaut, monstrous of a company can't just get enough money … they need to bleed users dry!

  • PSnet

    M$ updated again.

    LegitCheckControl1.5.532

    Shark, the RapidShare link is not working. Any other download links?

  • Nick

    I used your genuine windows authenticaation bypass today June 2nd, 06. It worked flawlessly. The first thing I was able to install was, of all things, Windows Defender, Beta 2. Microsoft should make things available at no cost which are designed to "protect" the net from destruction. You are amazing. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

    Everyone, try this "Bypass and Disable Genuine Windows Validation Check" and then install Defender Beta 2.

  • Shark
  • Shark

    Try this!

    LegitCheckControl1.5.532.0.muiz.fixed.rar.html

  • smartietube

    Tried everything. I can get rid of the nag screens etc ok but still can't download anything from windows update. Get the same as A Moes does in post 41 above.

  • Christopher

    Hi the crack from etho does not work anymore.. anyone has problems of today updated the wga please share how to overcome this thanks

  • Francis (Malaysia)

    Hate to say this, but for those of you who are using Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2, this bypass no longer works.

  • batibot

    the dll workaround in post 40 works.

    if you had disabled the WGA activeX, you have to turn it

    on…

    cge

    batibot

  • lars

    Ok people…

    The easiest way to bypass this bloody WGA is to download the new .dll hack from post 40.

  • squally

    a friend sent me a legitcheck.dll patcher which still works.

    even on the newest update,

    btw, that nagware doesn't care what copy you have. it'll install anyway.. so you've likely blocked its installation.

  • Emi-chan

    Funny…I have the newest GMA installed, and I can't validate on Windows Update, however I don't get the nagware windows O.o

    Is it because I'm running WinXP Pro Corp (keys of which can be used numerous times)

    Well keep searchign for workarounds to let me use WinUpdate…there will eventually be a crack.

    I notice there is no GMA for Win2K *heh*

  • I keep getting stuck in a loop, Validate Xp. thinking the new 3.0 Engine for this is the problem. have not figured out what the bypass is yet. hoping someone eles has some insite to this.

  • A Moes

    This trick with user.dat editing worked for a while, BUT today I had to install a windows-update and now i get this message when running microsoft update:

    "Unable to validate this copy of Windows:

    Follow these steps to resolve the issue and complete the validation process

    Click Start, and then click Run.

    In the Open field, type %ALLUSERSPROFILE%Application Data and then press ENTER.

    Delete the Windows Genuine Advantage folder.

    Click here to run the validation process again.

    "

    Seems like this user.dat method is not working anymore… ๐Ÿ™

  • Administrator

    PSnet, try the new dll hack to see if it works for you.

  • PSnet

    Hey guys,

    The LegitCheckControl.dll hack is not working now! You'll be asked by Microsoft to install the original file.

    HEY ARVIN,

    MAMATAY KA

  • arvin

    i have small problem,, in my lower right of my monitor a message appear after i validate my OS, windows Xp Pro, for testing purposes only.build 2xxx.xpsp 06xxxx-1xxx (service pack 2).. any idea??? pls help me remove it…. sorry not fluent in english…

  • arvin

    waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. cant relate.. im to dump for that… any filipino here??? how to update without the validating chuchu or sumthing to bypass that????…

  • PSnet

    Hey guys.

    The LegitCheckControl.dll hacked version in RapidShare is now dead, does anyone have a copy?

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  • Ali

    Hi, sorry that's not working with recently available downloadable setup of IE 7 beta. I have download it but during installation it asks for the validation of xp.

    Please reply me on email id.

  • marcia

    Use Ccleaner, tools option, to uninstall WGA, validation etc.

  • The Method Works 4 Me Like a Charm!

    ——————————————-

    Reliquium

    March 24th, 2006 10:08

    10

    ——————————————-

    ———————————————-

    Try to download LegitCheckControl.dll from http://rapidshare.de/files/14475249/LegitCheckCon

    Replace the LegitCheckControl.dll inside C:Windowssystem32 folder.

    This worked a dream for me. It won't overwrite the original if you're in the middle of a GW Validation, so close that window and redownload. Once it overwrites properly, go back and download whatever you want! I suggest you save it, though.

    ———————————————–

    ———————————————–

  • Dhilip

    Program : Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications Remover

    Version : 1.1.0.5 (Build 5)

    Download :
    http://rapidshare.de/files/19816559/WGANotify_Rem

    Sorry for double post.

    Regards,

    Dhilip

  • Dhilip

    Program : Windows Genuine Advantage Remover

    Version : 1.1.0.5 (Build 5)

    Download : http://rapidshare.de/files/19816559/WGANotify_Rem

    Regards,

    Dhilip

  • Here is a script for you

    WGAFIX.VBS

    Set FSO = WScript.CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

    hostsf = "C:WINDOWSsystem32driversetcHosts"

    If (FSO.FileExists(hostsf)) Then

    Set mfile = FSO.OpenTextFile(hostsf, 8)

    Else

    Set mfile = FSO.OpenTextFile(hostsf, 2, "True")

    End If

    mfile.WriteLine "127.0.0.1 Windowsupdate.microsoft.com"

    mfile.Close()

    Set rfile = FSO.OpenTextFile("c:wgafix.reg", 2, "True")

    rfile.writeline "Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00"

    rfile.writeline ""

    rfile.writeline "[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogonNotifyWgaLogon]"

    rfile.writeline ""

    rfile.writeline "[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogonNotifyWgaLogonSettings]"

    rfile.Close()

    set shell = createobject("wscript.shell")

    shell.run "regedit.exe /s c:wgafix.reg"

    msgbox "Please reboot your computer now"

    fso.DeleteFile("C:wgafix.reg")

  • I found a simple way to disable the installer of Windows Defender checking if your Windows is legit.

    You can install Windows Defender on a pirated version of Windows this way:
    http://techtics.iblogzz.com/2006/04/30/windows-de

  • CJ

    Just use ZoneAlarm to 'Kill' WGA in the allowed programs section! Works for me!

  • silverwing

    A simpler and easier way to do it is to use muBlinder, you wont need to delete and mess with fake DLLs or do anything else. Whenever you run it you will be able to bypass the update validation. Its only a 40kb file and doesnt even need to be installed. Can be found here http://www.p2plife.com/forums/Official_muBlinder_Page-t3...

  • Friendly Stranger

    M$ have released a nice automatic update that shows reminders

    every where about WGA, and how you are a victim of counterfeit

    software, blah, blah, blah.

    To disable it run regedit goto:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogonNotifyWgaLogon

    Right click on Settings (Key/Folder) ->

    Permissions ->

    Advanced ->

    Untick Inherit from… ->

    Remove any permissions left in the box above ->

    Add ->

    Everyone ->

    Tick Deny Full Control ->

    Ok ->

    Ok

    You have just stopped anyone from accessing the data that tells

    the WGA notification programs whether your copy is genuine or not.

    This only disables the WGA Nags, it isnt a bypass for the indows genuine advantage check.

  • dman

    I downloaded this nagging nuisance. System restore got rid of it. From now on I will be careful with updates

    dman

  • smartietube

    Works nicely thankyou

  • Wannabe

    Reghack isn't helping. And in order to remove I had to also put zero value in NoModify, NoRemove, NoRepair and TSAware. Reboor to check. No go. It reinstalls itself after reboot. Have new dll and get files from M$ fine. Don't have the star in toolbar, just the startup shutdown nags. Will keep searching for fix.

  • Administrator

    wingboy, there doesn't seem to be new patch on WGA so the hack of data.dat still works perfectly.

  • wingboy

    a new patch of WGA makes this patch fails.

  • ChrisZodiac

    Wow, the guys at microsoft must be vast asleep. Simple trick…

  • Chris

    Or better yet, don't use Windows, lol.

  • UnO

    the data.dat way works like charm

  • The .dll works like a charm. The other solution didn't work. Thanks people!

  • Leon

    During installation Windows Defender checks the license again (!) and refuses to install…

    Is the workaround exists?

  • Pi

    Nice job ๐Ÿ™‚

    works perfectly!

  • Felyza

    Ok people, this works perfectly fine. (Thanks! My old method no longer works as of sometime last month.)

    Add these steps…

    First, close everything.

    Second, follow above steps

    Third, restart computer

    Fourth, happy updating!

    If you are running IE at the time you do this, it still knows what the old data.dat looked like, so will fail you. On a friends system where he has changed many settings, it was neccissary to restart his computer for the change to take effect.

    And remember, hidden and READ ONLY! Otherwise it will just update it when you run IE.

  • Reliquium

    "Try to download LegitCheckControl.dll from http://rapidshare.de/files/14475249/LegitCheckCon

    "Replace the LegitCheckControl.dll inside C:Windowssystem32 folder."

    This worked a dream for me. It won't overwrite the original if you're in the middle of a GW Validation, so close that window and redownload. Once it overwrites properly, go back and download whatever you want! I suggest you save it, though…

  • MySelf

    doesn't work either.

    Does anyone have a proper hack or crack for the

    validation check.

    Myself

  • Administrator

    Disable ActiveX at the Registry

    Another way that I found via a forum:

    Download freeware ActiveXHelper.

    Uncompress and run axhelper.exe.

    Select 'Load ActiveX list from the following CLSID/ProdID list:'.

    Then paste LegitCheckControl.LegitCheck.1 and click OK .

    Right-click on the registry key and select ' Disable selected item'.

    Close all Internet Explorer Windows and restart IE.

  • Administrator

    Try to download LegitCheckControl.dll from http://rapidshare.de/files/14475249/LegitCheckCon

    Replace the LegitCheckControl.dll inside C:Windowssystem32 folder.

  • no

    Followed the instructions. New file. Empty. Hidden and read only. Used IE. Does not work. Pressing continue when you get to the spot that it asks for validation takes you to a page to download the active x control to vaildate (which you can not because the control is disabled) .. the only other option is the alternate validation which of course does not work either.

  • Administrator

    yuyu, again, this tricks is working at my PC. Try to use IE instead of Firefox or other browsers. And remember to change the attributes of data.dat to Hidden and Read-Only.

  • yuyu

    it's not working

  • YC

    On another note, if you see this, how did you (or whoever) figure this out?

  • YC

    Hey, thanks for the tip =)!

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