How to Remove Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications
I love it when I find these great Windows tips on other sites, I can just link to them instead of trying to write my own, hehe, am I lazy or what? Wikihow, the howto manual anyone can edit, has a great one on How to Remove Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications.
Windows genuine advantage notifications occur when your computer hasn’t passed the validation test. The validation test can be failed due to being sold a pirated (non-genuine) copy of XP, or because you have changed your XP product key to a software-generated key. The failed validation installs three types of notifications on your computer: one on the log in screen, one log in timer, and one balloon. It also stops updates from Microsoft and disables your ability to install IE7 and Windows Media Player 11. This solution can get rid of all three notifications, even though you will still not be able to update. Unfortunately, you can only update if you buy a valid Microsoft product key again.