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  • were do i look to see if my computer has a valid authenticity code. and how many numbers does it have in it thank you
    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 10:32 AM

Answers

  • Smogger,

    If you have your old Windows 98 CD, to "get legal" very inexpensively you can get an XP Home Edition Upgrade and use the W98 CD as the proof of a previous Windows Operating System that is needed to use the upgrade.

    Within the last month, in the USA several major electronics and office supply retailers have sold the XP Home Upgrade for $49.99 after rebate.

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 5:44 PM

All replies

  • What is a Certificate of Authenticity (COA)? http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/coa.mspx

    You can view your product key with the Genuine Advantage diagnostics tool (at least the last 15 digits) located here:

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012  

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 2:42 PM
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  • thank you for your help carey but i no now that my computer was updated from windows 98 to xp and it wasnt a legal xp copy so now thats is why im having the problems
    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 4:24 PM
  • Smogger,

    If you have your old Windows 98 CD, to "get legal" very inexpensively you can get an XP Home Edition Upgrade and use the W98 CD as the proof of a previous Windows Operating System that is needed to use the upgrade.

    Within the last month, in the USA several major electronics and office supply retailers have sold the XP Home Upgrade for $49.99 after rebate.

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 5:44 PM