Cant Validate Copy of My Windows XP proffesional RRS feed

  • Question

  •  The problem lies that it is a high possibility that a counterfeit was installed on my pc, since I gave it to repairshop 2 months ago. Now I do have the genuine key on the back of my PC but when I enter it, it does not get recognised. I do realize that the problem lie in the new operating system which was installed by somewhat suspicious repairshop whoo used their own product key which they did not provide me with.

    Since I do have the valid product key could you please advise me on how I can use it to validate my Windows

    Tuesday, April 3, 2007 1:23 AM


All replies

  • If you indeed have a genuine version of Windows XP Home Edition, it can be installed by performing a "clean install".

    Clean Install Windows XP

    Tuesday, April 3, 2007 2:16 AM
  • Do I run any risk to loose my datas in running clean install windows xp?
    Tuesday, April 3, 2007 10:11 AM
  • Anonymous,

    Since a "clean installation" of XP involves repartitioning and reformatting the hard disk drive on the computer, it is expected that any data on said hard disk drive will be destroyed.

    Tuesday, April 3, 2007 9:45 PM
  • Anonymous,

    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

    Tuesday, April 3, 2007 9:45 PM