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  • 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.

    Wednesday, May 2, 2007 4:39 PM

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  • Hi Adida,

     

    To get that error, your computer must have a Volume Licensing edition of XP Pro installed, and that installation was done with a now-blocked Volume Licensing Key (VLK) .  VLKs are blocked by Microsoft at the request of the original keyholder for such reasons as the key was lost, stolen, compromised, misused, or expired.  Also, MS may have blocked the key if it notices a pattern of misuse, ie, more installations of XP using that key than authorized.

      As a rule, VLk editions of XP should not be sold to individual consumers. Large Corporations, Large Schools and Governments have legal agreements with Microsoft, which assign them a unique Volume License Key (VLK).  Using their assigned VLK to install software provides them with the flexibility of installing on many computers.

    This is why you were seeing the "software counterfeiting" messages on your computer, because the current installation of XP is an unauthorized installation.

     

    If Windows XP came Pre-installed on your computer:

    1) Look on your computer for a Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) sticker.

    2) Compare the Product Key on the CoA with the last 15 digits of the Product Key listed in your Diagnostic Report

     

    3a) If they are diffrent, go to step 4a)

    3b) If they are the same, go to step 4b)

    3c) If there is no CoA sticker on your computer, go to step 4b)

     

    4a) It appears that Windows XP was re-installed on your computer (using an invalid Product Key) at some point after you bought your computer. My suggestion is to Re-install Windows, using the Product Key from your CoA sticker. If you can not find the Repair/Install CD that came with your computer, you may need to contact the Manufacturer of your computer for a replacment.

    4b) It is quite common for unscrupulous resellers to bundle a keygen VLK with software because they are aware that there is only a small chance that the purchaser will find out that they have received counterfeit Software and Product Key. If you go to http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/default.mspx , you can see that some counterfeits can be very sophisticated. I can provide you with a couple options and I recommend that you follow up with both:

     

    * Contact the person/company that sold you the software and demand the Genuine Microsoft software, that you paid for. Or a Refund.

    * Click on the blue star in the System Tray and Submit a Piracy Report to Microsoft. If it is a High Quality counterfeit (go to http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/default.mspx for comparisons), you may be eligible for a free replacement. 

    or

    * Click on the blue star in the system tray and follow the directions to purchase a WGA kit.

     

      If Windows XP, on your computer, did not come preinstalled:

    1) It is quite common for unscrupulous resellers to bundle a keygen VLK with software because they are aware that there is only a small chance that the purchaser will find out that they have received counterfeit Software and Product Key. If you go to http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/default.mspx , you can see that some counterfeits can be very sophisticated.I can provide you with a couple options and I recommend that you follow up with both:

      

    *Contact the person/company that sold you the software and demand the Genuine Microsoft software, that you paid for. Or a Refund.

    *Click on the blue star in the System Tray and Submit a Piracy Report to Microsoft. If it is a High Quality counterfeit (go to http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/default.mspx for comparisons), you may be eligible for a free replacement. 

    or

    *Click on the blue star in the system tray and follow the directions to purchase a WGA kit.

    Wednesday, May 2, 2007 6:42 PM