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What is watadminsvc.exe?

Part of Windows Activation Technologies Service by Microsoft

What is it?

Validation helps confirm that a copy of a Windows operating system is activated and properly licensed. Users may be asked to validate their copy of Windows when they go to the Microsoft Download Center to download content that is reserved for users of genuine Windows software. Validation can also occur as part of an update from Windows Update. In some instances, a computer that has previously passed validation may fail a later validation process. This may happen because Microsoft constantly disc
Description of watadminsvc.exe from Microsoft
Software piracy is one of the most significant problems facing the software industry globally. It not only has an impact on the global economy but it affects legitimate businesses that have to compete with those selling counterfeit software. With Windows® 7, Microsoft® has enhanced its Software Protection Platform by expanding on its Windows Activation Technologies. These enhanced technologies bring anti-piracy innovations, counterfeit detection practices, and tamper resistance into a complete p
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How does watadminsvc.exe run?

Service - watadminsvc.exe runs as a background Windows Service under the service name WatAdminSvc.

How does watadminsvc.exe start?

Scheduled task - watadminsvc.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Activation Technologies\ValidationTask'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.
Scheduled tasks startup - watadminsvc.exe is launched automatically when a user logs into Windows by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Activation Technologies\ValidationTask'. With Scheduled Tasks, any script, program, or document can be configured to run when a user logs into the PC. These tasks start every time that Windows is booted and runs in the background.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the watadminsvc.exe service running.Of the 0.2% of watadminsvc.exe users, 29.0% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:

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What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Enterprise (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Ultimate N (6.1.7600.0)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Microsoft Windows XP (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Enterprise (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium N (6.1.7601.65536)

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File details

File name: watadminsvc.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows Activation Technologies Service
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 7.1.7600.16395 (win7_gdr_oob_gaoob(wmbla).100127-1819)
Product version: 7.1.7600.16395
Size: 1.2 MB
Original file name: WatAdminSvc.exe

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: Microsoft Corporation
Effective date: 7/13/2009
Expiration date: 10/13/2010

Service details

Name: WatAdminSvc

Scheduled task details

Name: ValidationTask
Command: \Microsoft\Windows\Windows Activation Technologies\ValidationTask

Scheduled tasks startup details

Name: \Microsoft\Windows\Windows Activation Technologies\ValidationTask

Image hashes

MD5: 3cec96de223e49eaae3651fcf8faea6c
SHA-1: 59c696911e35258c295d0fa62ec548db9f76c107
SHA-256: 4150dab33e8d61076f1d4767bcafc9b4eccccbd58fd4fb3cfe5b8d27dcdcab61

PE image details

File entropy: 7.82271
File packed: Yes
Packed by: qcEPOPY_7.82271433962102
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