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I purchased used PC with bad Windows key RRS feed

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  • And I cant download any files at all. Havent been able to install updates. And was a third party sale so no disk no paperwork.Silly me! Can anyone tell me what I might be able to do? The key on product sticker no good HEEEELP
    Thursday, November 20, 2008 4:24 AM

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  • Hello MissCarol,

    Thank you for visiting the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) program forum. In order to receive the best support, we request all users to initially run the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool.  This will try and identify the individual issue you may be experiencing.  Please provide a brief synopsis describing your customer scenario, including any dialogue, error messages, or codes. Error codes can be found in the lower left hand corner of most Genuine Advantage Web pages when an error is encountered.

    By clicking the link below, you will download the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool (MGADT).  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:

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

    Please tell us about the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) for your copy of Windows XP.

    1. What edition/version of Windows XP is titled?

    ·         Home

    ·         Professional

    ·         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:

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/product.aspx?pID=2abf99cd-a5e4-469c-802e-55ca8ec542d5&cID=ea710cad-37b0-4975-bcd6-abfee19961df&method=oem&displaylang=en

    NOTE: The data collected with the MGADT 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.

    Antron-

    • Marked as answer by Antron Monday, November 24, 2008 10:36 PM
    Thursday, November 20, 2008 5:29 PM

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  • MissCarol said:

    And I cant download any files at all. Havent been able to install updates. And was a third party sale so no disk no paperwork.Silly me! Can anyone tell me what I might be able to do? The key on product sticker no good HEEEELP



    Visit http://www.microsoft.com/Genuine/ and click on Validate Windows.  If validation fails, click on the button that says "Get Genuine" for instructions on how to acquire a WGA Kit.


    Please note: I am not a Microsoft employee...only a voluntary forum contributor.
    Thursday, November 20, 2008 3:53 PM
    Moderator
  • Hello MissCarol,

    Thank you for visiting the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) program forum. In order to receive the best support, we request all users to initially run the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool.  This will try and identify the individual issue you may be experiencing.  Please provide a brief synopsis describing your customer scenario, including any dialogue, error messages, or codes. Error codes can be found in the lower left hand corner of most Genuine Advantage Web pages when an error is encountered.

    By clicking the link below, you will download the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool (MGADT).  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:

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

    Please tell us about the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) for your copy of Windows XP.

    1. What edition/version of Windows XP is titled?

    ·         Home

    ·         Professional

    ·         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:

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/product.aspx?pID=2abf99cd-a5e4-469c-802e-55ca8ec542d5&cID=ea710cad-37b0-4975-bcd6-abfee19961df&method=oem&displaylang=en

    NOTE: The data collected with the MGADT 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.

    Antron-

    • Marked as answer by Antron Monday, November 24, 2008 10:36 PM
    Thursday, November 20, 2008 5:29 PM
  • MissCarol,

    Please post the info requsted by Antron.

    If you have a name-brand computer with a genuine Windows Certificate of Authenticity attached, there's an excellent chance that you can get your computer back to running great again with a Genuine installation of Windows.  You may have to send away for recovery CDs, but these usually don't cost a lot of money.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Saturday, November 22, 2008 2:23 PM