XP: How to Bypass Validation to Download Updates When the Product Key Is Invalid

Posted September 23, 2005 by mattnus in Windows installation

The following tech-recipe contains the steps used to bypass the validation to download updates for XP computers when the product key is invalid.


1) Open Internet Explorer.

2) Go to Tools > Internet Options….

3) Click on the Programs tab.

4) Click the Manage Add-ons…. button.

5) Scroll down to the Windows Genuine Advantage add-on. (They should be in alphabetical order.)

6) After you click on it, there is a settings box below all the add-ons. There you will find Enable/Disable radio buttions. Just click Disable, then OK, and then Apply. You are set.

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