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Windows Genuine Advantage Notification

by Shirley R / March 2, 2007 7:47 AM PST

Windows XP Pro

How many times do we have to download this tool? It's listed in my Add/Remove Programs twice, and today I checked Windows Update and it is there again. I'm not having any problems getting Windows updates and I know that my O/S is genuine.

Just curious.


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Shirley, I Remove It From The Updates...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 2, 2007 11:04 AM PST

It's an optional update and not required for the actual operation of the system or for getting updates.. Microsoft recently updated their "Notifications" tool to a newer version.. That's why you've got the new update listed. You can visit Windows Updates, do a "Custom" scan of the computer, then UNCHECK the box next to the listing which will display some text and a new check box.. Then place a CHECK mark in the box that says: "Don't show this update ever, ever again", then click on the "REview and Install Updates" link and the listing will be gone.

In our corporate situation, because we need a special login to access the internet, each time the Notification tool attempted to 'phone home', we got a login request.. It wasn't pretty.. Therefore, we removed the Notification tool from all our machines.

Hope this helps.


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Tks. Grif. I'll do that. Couldn't figure out why it was
by Shirley R / March 2, 2007 12:22 PM PST

appearing again,and I didn't notice that it was an optional update.


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