Geniune Copy of XP RRS feed

  • Question

  • My computer apparently does not have a genuine copy of XP.  Can I just purchase the upgrade for xp software?  Does anyone know how much the get genuine kit is?


    Wednesday, July 4, 2007 8:52 PM


  • Glitter,


    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


    In the USA, the XP Home WGA Kit is $99; the XP Pro WGA Kit is $149.  You can only get the WGA Kit that corresponds to the installed nongenuine XP.

    Thursday, July 5, 2007 2:10 AM