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"counterfeit vs. Genuine Microsoft Product" message

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bj nick, Sep 27, 2006.

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  1. bj nick

    bj nick Thread Starter

    Jun 10, 1999
    where I teach, I use some computers that are donated from local businesses. They come through a third party that distributes them, so I have no idea where they originally came from.

    Two of them are now coming up with messages saying that my OS (Win2000 pro) is 'NOT GENUINE." I get these messages constantly. I checked their FAQ's and all of it, and there is no solution for me other than spending $149, which I will not do. Their FAQ's do not address the issue of someone using a donated computer and I can't get the messages to stop; it's not like I can uncheck them in startup or anything. I tried System Restore but it won't allow me to do that any more.

    Is there any hope for me? If I install a new Win2000 Pro over the top (as opposed to a clean install), will I still keep my apps? I simply can't go through a full install right now, and have to reinstall every app and every file...

    any ideas anyone? :eek:
  2. Magna Carta

    Magna Carta

    Sep 26, 2006
    Do you know the contacts of the supplier of which produced your computers? If you do, I highly suggest you contact them to see whether they use bona fide Windows OEM installations or not. If not, you can try and call Microsoft and explain your situation.

    Unfortunately, you're still going to have to pay $149 to get a bona fide Windows CD to replace the "ungeniune" one. I'm not exactly sure how a Windows installation works (as I specialise more in Macs and Linux boxes), so I don't know if you would have to do a complete erase; however, you should always backup your data before you do any install/replace.

    Hope this helps. :)
  3. ozrom1e


    May 15, 2006
    If you got these computers thru another supplier or whatever and do not have the recovery software or Windows disks that are supposed to be with them then the operating systems on them are illegal. Unfortunately the only way to make the OS's legal is to purchase new legal one's, if you do not wish to do this then my I suggest any version of Linux for these computers since it is free.

    What you should look for with genuine Microsoft software http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/coa.mspx
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