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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Yet another simple way to install IE7 without Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) Checks

Most of you have read my earlier post to install IE7 without Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) Checks (How to install Internet Explorer 7(IE 7) without any WGA checks and How to avoid windows genuine advantage(WGA) checks - Insiders Guide ) but I just found another cool and easy way to do it. Here's the trick.

All you need to do is edit the hosts file that is in system32\drivers\etc of your windows installation and add the following line to it(in red>>): mpa.one.microsoft.com
This redirects all request to mpa.one.microsoft.com back to your computer. This is the address that used to perform the WGA check.

Check your Documents And Settings/All Users/Application Data folder and delete the folder Windows Genuine Advantage if it exists. Once this is done start the installation of the Internet Explorer 7 and click on Verify during the installation. The connection to the Microsoft server will be redirected to your computer and the installation continues unhindered.

The same trick works for the installation of the Windows Media Player 11 too.


  1. Anonymous said,

    Sorry bro but the idea didn't work on my machine. I copy pasted the hosts line in the file, deleted the WGA folder. Whenever I try to install it shows could not validate, and the WGA folder is back in the etc folder. hosts file has 2 lines in my case, localhost & mpa.one.microsoft.com

    on 2/24/2007 3:01 AM

  2. Anonymous said,

    yeah , i am also facing the same problem..i don't think this works mate..but keep up the good work

    on 4/01/2007 6:20 PM

  3. Jason S said,

    Hi Danish,

    Not sure why it didn't work for you.

    Maybe you should try the other links on my blog.

    Jason S

    on 4/01/2007 8:53 PM