Windows XP Pro - not genuine

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cryptanthus

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Recently i installed a new update that made me take a test to see if my copy of windows was genuine or not, and i didn't pass the test, having this message come up:

This copy of Windows did not pass genuine validation.

The product key found on this computer is a Volume License Key (VLK) that has been blocked.
Now, i know exactly what a VLK key is, i know how they work. I had my computer built for me from a friend of a friend of the family back in 2006 (very shortly after Vista came out), he knows what he's doing as he does technical work for a number of companies.

From the day i had the computer built in 2006 up until yesterday, my computer was perfectly fine and windows recognized it as the genuine copy of XP that it is. When i searched for a resolution to this problem on the Microsoft website all they said was this:

The Windows product key installed on this computer is a Volume License Key (VLK) that has been blocked. A VLK is typically licensed to organizations that want to use multiple copies of Windows. However, if a VLK is reported as stolen or leaked, it is blocked from passing validation and is not considered genuine.
You or your organization may be a victim of software counterfeiting if:

  • You received a computer with a VLK, but you do not have a Volume License Agreement with Microsoft, or
  • Your organization purchased a VLK from a 3rd party but does not have a Volume License Agreement with Microsoft.

If you do have a Volume License Agreement with Microsoft, you believe you are using the appropriate VLK assigned to your organization, and your VLK has not been reported as stolen or lost, contact your system administrator, Large Account Reseller (LAR), or Enterprise Software Advisor (ESA) to report the problem.
Then basically only gave me one option. To buy a new copy of windows XP for the hefty price of $199.99

The fellow that built my computer does have a volume license agreement with Microsoft, however the last time i spoke to him was four years ago, when i had my computer built, so it's a given that i don't have his contact information any longer.

So, not only am i cheesed that Microsoft suddenly decided my key wasn't any good anymore, but also that the only option they gave me was to pay 200 bucks for a new copy.

I paid for my copy four years ago, i'm not paying them again for something i already have.

So now, because of their brilliant decision, i have a ridiculously annoying watermark stuck in the bottom right corner of my desktop that refuses to go away.



In lieu of spending 200 dollars on another copy, is there any way to get this watermark to go away? Editing any system files to remove the watermark, manually removing the update that caused the mark to appear? Anything will help.

Note: I'm not asking for any illegal advice. I am not interested in keys, cracks or anything of the sort.


Thanks an endless amount in advance for any help anyone can give.
 
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Do you have the original Microsoft Windows CD and Product Key that was given to you when the computer was new?
 

DoubleHelix

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I highly doubt your friend had a volume license agreement with Microsoft. There are restrictions on volume licenses, and I've never heard of such an agreement allowing for the installation of the OS on computers that are given to other people. That requires an OEM license or reseller agrement. It's far more likely that he used the key from one of the companies he worked for or with.

There's nothing at all you can do to get rid of the watermark. You have an illegal Windows install. Bottom line. You'll have to pay for a legal license. This site will not help with anything else.
 
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Sadly, you [almost certainly] paid whoever built your computer for a legitimate Windows OS.... ... .. .
 
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