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  • I purchased this computer from a computer store ive had it for about three years its suppose to b runnin window xp media center edition but when i went to download windows media player 11 it said my pc is using xp pro 2002 and isnt valid is there anything i can do short of purchasing another copy of xp......i feel like this is some kinda scam
    Monday, September 8, 2008 7:42 PM


  • outlaw74,

    Please refer to the link below and run the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool:


    By clicking the link below, you will download the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool.  Then click the Run button. Then click the Run button again. Then click the Continue button to perform the diagnostic. The Windows tab should show, click the Copy button to paste your report to the clipboard.  Then paste the report into a New Post on this Forum by adding a post in it and pressing Ctrl V (to paste the text). Clicking the OK button will clear the Diagnostic window. Here is the download link:


    Step 2: Tell us about the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) for your copy of Windows.

    1. What edition/version of Windows XP is titled? Home, Pro, or Media Center?

    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. Please provide the customer scenario you are experiencing.

    5. DO NOT post the Product Key.

    Not sure what to look for, see this page to reference your COA:


    NOTE: The data collected with the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool does NOT contain any information that can personally identify you. The information can be fully reviewed, by you, before being posted.

    Thank you for your participation here on the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) program forums. We look forward to working with you.

    Rick, MS

    • Marked as answer by RickImAPC Monday, September 15, 2008 10:51 PM
    Monday, September 8, 2008 7:49 PM