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The so-called "Validation-Kit" RRS feed

  • Question

  • I bought this Spring a genuine Windows XP in Novi Sad, Serbia, and now again your program says that it is not genuine ?! What are these insinuations ? An OS sold for near 100 US$ (and which really does not have a worth for 10) is now a few month later not a genuine one ? In the beginnings Windows was a formidable OS - now because of these administrative assaultings our school nor me will not use it anymore and pass unto LINUX. We have 200 teachers and 2-3000 pupils and about 150 PCs.

    Play games with yourselves, but not with us clients.

     

    Wishing you that the new year gives you some "I" (=Intelligence), I finish thee this letter

     

    Horváth-Militicsi Attila, prof. agrégé

    Deputy-Manager

    Monday, December 17, 2007 1:05 PM

Answers

  • Hello Horvath,

     

    I am sorry to hear about what you have experienced. Please share with me where you purchased the software? Also will you provide me with an email address, and website  of where you made the purchase. Next have you submitted a piracy report? Please visit http://www.microsoft.com/piracy .  Next I would like for you to vist http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ .  Here you can learn more about genuine vs. non-genuine software. Please provide me with the information as well as submit a piracy report. This will help you as well as future customers from becoming victims.

     

     

    Thank you Horvath,

     

    Stephen Holm, MS

    Monday, December 17, 2007 6:26 PM

All replies

  • Hello Mr. Attilla,

     

    Your experience is very common---you seem to purchase a valid copy of XP, and then come to find out later that it is a counterfeit nongenuine copy.  Microsoft research has shown that about half of the counterfeit copies of XP sold have extra programs embedded into the CD, so it's quite possible that he problems and frustrations you've experienced are the result of these extra embedded programs doing their nefarious deeds, such as using your PC as a "zombie" or collecting keysrokes containing your personal information such as credit cards and banking information.

     

    It's a scary thought!

     

    Please follow these steps for assistance:

     

    Step 1 is to run the utility at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012, then click the Windows tab, click the "Copy" button, then paste the report into a response in this thread.

     

    Step 2 is to look on the computer or with the materials you received with the computer or with your retail purchase of  Windows to see if you have a Certificate of Authenticity (CoA).  If you have one, tell us about the CoA.  Tell us:

    1.  What edition of Windows XP is it for, Home, Pro, or Media Center, or another version of Windows?

    2.  Does it read "OEM Software" or "OEM Product" in black lettering?

    3.  Or, does it have the computer manufacturer's name in black lettering?

    4.  DO NOT post the Product Key.

     

    Not sure what to look for?  See this page for reference:  http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/coa.mspx

     

    Monday, December 17, 2007 4:33 PM
  • Hello Horvath,

     

    I am sorry to hear about what you have experienced. Please share with me where you purchased the software? Also will you provide me with an email address, and website  of where you made the purchase. Next have you submitted a piracy report? Please visit http://www.microsoft.com/piracy .  Next I would like for you to vist http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ .  Here you can learn more about genuine vs. non-genuine software. Please provide me with the information as well as submit a piracy report. This will help you as well as future customers from becoming victims.

     

     

    Thank you Horvath,

     

    Stephen Holm, MS

    Monday, December 17, 2007 6:26 PM