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Windows Validation help

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Discworldlover1, Jul 21, 2009.

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  1. Discworldlover1

    Discworldlover1 Thread Starter

    Jul 21, 2009
    Hi, there. I have a question for y'all (And I apologize if I accidentally am going against the rules with this one- I'm not exactly sure)-

    I have a refurbished PC that I got as a graduation present a little over a year ago, and it came with Windows XP already installed. Now, the refurbisher who provided the computer is well known, and we got the computer through a program at Boeing. It wasn't having any problems last night, but when I logged on today, it's giving me a message that's saying that my copy of Windows may be counterfeit. I've never had any problems with it before this, and was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to what I can do to rectify this problem.

    I'm not financially able to purchase a copy of Windows at the moment, and don't want to lose my files that I've got saved. Any and all practical suggestions are much welcomed.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Byteman

    Byteman Moderator Malware Specialist

    Jan 24, 2002
    When you do Windows Updates, sometimes there is a newer version of the Genuine Microsoft Windows Validation Tool..... when you have a refurbished or retired or off-lease business type computer, very often the Volume License key has been "pulled" that is, retired by Microsoft because it has been "leaked" and misused.....the actual reason could vary, that is the usual.

    The newer version of the Validation tool finds the Product Key is invalid....after a long time, like you said you used it for about a year.

    I have also read that this tool can make mistakes somehow....



    You might fit into this category:

    You might be able to ask Microsoft for help directly> might take a while though- here is some help:



    http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/downloads/FailureScenarios.aspx?displaylang=en#help ((way at the bottom of same page....))

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