#1
I got a virus a while back on my computer. My friend suggested I reboot it, so he made a copy of his Windows XP disk and gave me a print-out sheet of keycodes to use, he said just pick any random one and it will do.

So I did, and the computer didn't exactly work. I had another friend who's a computer genious come over and he told me that, since I was using a cheap Dell and my friend who gave me his XP disk had a much nicer computer, I needed to get the drivers for my Dell.

He went home, logged onto the dell website and used my computers serial number to retrieve all of the driver files I needed and put them onto a disk and brought it back. He copied all of the drivers onto my computer and my computer worked great for about 6 months. It took me a while to put all of my CD's, games, programs, and music back onto it (40 gigs worth in total). It was alot of work.

Well today I went downstairs to charge my iPod on my computer. I turned it on and it said "You may be a victim of software counterfeiting. This version of Windows did not pass Genuine Windows Validation. Resolve this issue now or later?"

That pissed me off, because I turned off Automatic Updates and yet it still did the automatic updates procedure and gave me this crap.

I unplugged my computer and logged onto this computer (my mom's) to post this and see if I'm completely screwed or not, and what I should do to get the system to stop pestering me and go back to running smoothly.

And don't be sly and say just buy a copy of windows xp, I'm not about to recover all of my files and copy drivers for a second time
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#2
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#3
You should've used a keygen. I needed to when I was given XP PRO SP3 by my friend.

EDIT: I also have a Dell, and the only driver I needed to install was my wireless connector. Consider otherwize going back to an earlier state where your computer didn't show the error message.
#4
Your not completely screwed , just slightly


Its happened to me before as well, automatic updates just switches its self on and updates

You can still use your pc, but the wga stuff will bug the hell outta you.

There is guides on the internet somewhere on how to remove it, but its a pain to get rid of.
#5
You can crack WGA so that it stops nagging you, but that would be illegal, thus not discussable on UG, you'll have to find out how yourself.
#6
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Resolve this issue now or later?



later!!!

yea and i think all this will do is show that geniune thingy and change the desktop to black every hour...
#7
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You can crack WGA so that it stops nagging you, but that would be illegal, thus not discussable on UG, you'll have to find out how yourself.


Is it possible for me to buy a legit version of XP with a legal keycode WITHOUT all of my music/program/game/schoolwork files being deleted?
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#8
There's easy ways to get rid of it, 1. being copying the registration files from an already registered computer.

Or, if your computer came with a legit copy of Windows XP in the first place, you should still have the reg code on your computer somewhere.

Or, if you REALLY can't fix it, borrow someone elses reg code that should be printed on their computer. Even if you have multiple computers with the same license, there's no problem. Just do a search for a program that lets you change your XP license code.
#9
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And don't be sly and say just buy a copy of windows xp
Just buy a copy of windows xp.

Seriously, if you have a cracked windows and it says that it's not original, it's your fault. Next time you will buy it people will not learn stuffs until they lose something.

BTW yes you can just buy a copy and change the cd-key on your cracked windows, so all files will not be wiped.
#10
the warning isn't an issue: this is just because u used a serial that isn't valid (so not the one delivered with your dell pc) if you can find your xp serial key you can change it to that and you won't have the issue again.
It isn't going to screw your pc, it'll only give that annoying warning. And even tho the windows isn't legal, you will still recieve updates (still don't know how this will convince pirates to go to a legal version but hey, microsoft will have a good reason)

your pc will keep working as it did before, don't worry
#11
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Is it possible for me to buy a legit version of XP with a legal keycode WITHOUT all of my music/program/game/schoolwork files being deleted?
Yes.

You can purchase an official version of XP, then try running windows update, it'll give you all the bull about illegal copy and do you want to validate? You then enter the key code that came with your new purchase.
#12
Just reboot your computer from an earlier working state. Worked like a charm for me.
#13
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Yes.

You can purchase an official version of XP, then try running windows update, it'll give you all the bull about illegal copy and do you want to validate? You then enter the key code that came with your new purchase.


NO

just

NO

remember, they don't sell xp anymore!!!!!
#16
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1. being copying the registration files from an already registered computer.

Or, if your computer came with a legit copy of Windows XP in the first place, you should still have the reg code on your computer somewhere.

Well I could copy my mom's computer's registration files, I just don't know what you mean specifically (location of these files)

And my computer came with a legit copy of Windows XP, but since I installed the copied version from my friend, I no longer have the original codes for my computer. I lost all of the paperwork like everyone does haha
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Your 'computer genius' friend is an idiot.

All Dells have hidden restore partitions that will restore your computer to a legitimate copy of Windows.

There should be a Windows XP sticker on your computer with a key on it, this MIGHT work, and to enter it you need to do this: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/productkeysactivation/ht/changexpkey.htm


This worked. And the only thing my "computer genious" friend helped me out with was retrieving drivers, it was the other guy who kinda got me into this situation. But thanks, you proved your title as UG's Tech Guy.
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