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  • Hello annasgrammy,

    Nice to hear that your computer is back to being Genuine again.

    Here's a likely explanation for what happened:

    1.  The computer came from Dell with a Genuine installation of XP Pro OEM license installed.  The proof of this is the Certificate of Authenticity, which says this computer is permanently licensed to run XP Pro OEM.

    2.  At some point in its life before you acquired it, someone over-wrote the genuine XP Pro by installing a Volume License for XP Pro on the computer and they used a stolen Product Key to do it.

    3.  The company owning the Product Key discovered it was stolen, and they worked with Microsoft to have that Product Key "blocked" by Microsoft, but only in certain worldwide geographic areas.  That's why the report said "geographic block."  The block began being gradually enforced area by area starting in March 2009.

    4.  Sometime recently the block caught up with the bogus installation of XP Pro on your Dell.  The WGA system alerted you to the fact that the XP Pro on your computer was nongenuine.

    5.  You came to this forum and told us the situation.

    6.  We told you to run the utility.  The utility checked 6,000 files on the computer to make sure they were untampered with.  Then the utility converted the bad installation of XP Pro to a good installation of XP Pro taking advantage of the fact that the computer always had a good license for XP Pro, which is what the Certificate of Authenticity is showing us.

    7.  And now you are once again a very happy person!
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Friday, September 11, 2009 4:21 AM
  • Hello annasgrammy,

    Based on your other post and the information that your Dell OptiPlex has a CoA for XP Pro, please try to run the Product Key Updater utility here:  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=45668

    Post back to let us know how it's working out!  :-)
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Friday, September 11, 2009 3:17 AM

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  • Hello annasgrammy,

    Based on your other post and the information that your Dell OptiPlex has a CoA for XP Pro, please try to run the Product Key Updater utility here:  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=45668

    Post back to let us know how it's working out!  :-)
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Friday, September 11, 2009 3:17 AM
  • So far so good!!!! I downloaded the thingy about the key and put mine in and restarted my computer and right now my original desktop is back and the annoying message is gone!!!!...lol. Hope this doesn't happen to me again as I am computer illiterate,...  now I am a very happy person!!!! THANK YOU !!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!! Annasgrammy
    Friday, September 11, 2009 3:54 AM
  • Hello annasgrammy,

    Nice to hear that your computer is back to being Genuine again.

    Here's a likely explanation for what happened:

    1.  The computer came from Dell with a Genuine installation of XP Pro OEM license installed.  The proof of this is the Certificate of Authenticity, which says this computer is permanently licensed to run XP Pro OEM.

    2.  At some point in its life before you acquired it, someone over-wrote the genuine XP Pro by installing a Volume License for XP Pro on the computer and they used a stolen Product Key to do it.

    3.  The company owning the Product Key discovered it was stolen, and they worked with Microsoft to have that Product Key "blocked" by Microsoft, but only in certain worldwide geographic areas.  That's why the report said "geographic block."  The block began being gradually enforced area by area starting in March 2009.

    4.  Sometime recently the block caught up with the bogus installation of XP Pro on your Dell.  The WGA system alerted you to the fact that the XP Pro on your computer was nongenuine.

    5.  You came to this forum and told us the situation.

    6.  We told you to run the utility.  The utility checked 6,000 files on the computer to make sure they were untampered with.  Then the utility converted the bad installation of XP Pro to a good installation of XP Pro taking advantage of the fact that the computer always had a good license for XP Pro, which is what the Certificate of Authenticity is showing us.

    7.  And now you are once again a very happy person!
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Friday, September 11, 2009 4:21 AM
  • THANK YOU AGAIN!!!Annasgrammy
    Friday, September 11, 2009 4:01 PM