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  • my aunt bought and used this computer in montana....she bought a new one. gave me this. and i've brought it to idaho. but now that it is in a different region...it's not valid? the desktop is black. i can't have a black desktop and constant reminders forever. i don't care that it's not validating. i just want a computer that i can customize for myself. but i can't do that. how can i get it to stop?
    Tuesday, August 4, 2009 7:47 AM

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  • Hello candi-heartz,

    Right now, your Dell Latitude C800 laptop computer has a Volume Licensing edition of XP Pro installed (Line 10), and that installation was done with a now-geographically blocked Volume Licensing Key (VLK) (Line 2).  VLKs are blocked by Microsoft at the request of the original keyholder for such reasons as the key was lost, stolen, compromised, misused, or expired.  Also, MS may have blocked the key if it notices a pattern of misuse, ie, more installations of XP using that key than authorized.

    A geographically blocked key is blocked when it is detected in use outside of the worldwide geographic area(s) and/or region(s) covered by its VL Agreement.  The particular Product Key you are using, which ends in 3R89F-D2KXW-VPK3J, is a widely pirated key, and it looks like it recently (end of March, 2009 for time zones other than USA, and very recently [last week] for some USA time zones) had a geographic block put on it to try to curb its use, which probably explains why it was showing as Genuine up until recently.

    Also note that the installed license for XP Pro is a Volume License.  As a rule, VL editions of XP should not be sold to individual consumers.  Businesses, schools and gov'ts normally use VL editions for flexibility in installing many computers.  Additionally, VL editions are Upgrade licenses ONLY, and therfore cannot be used as the primary or base license for a computer.

    This is why you were seeing the "software counterfeiting" messages on your computer, because the current installation of XP is an unauthorized installation.

    The next step in the process 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 Authenticty (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 some other 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?  In this case we would expect it to read, "Dell."

    4.  DO NOT post the full Product Key that may be printed on your CoA.

    Not sure what to look for?  Click here:  http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/coa.mspx

    If there is a CoA, that means the computer is still licensed to run the version and edition of Windows described on the CoA, so there would be no need to purchase a WGA Kit.

    If the CoA says that it is for XP Professional, the first thing to try is running the Product Key Updater utility:  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=45668

    If the CoA is for any version or edition of Windows other than XP Professional, then your only available solution is to backup and offload your data, then use the Recovery Solution provided by Dell with the computer to put back the original factory installation of Windows (as described on the CoA) that came with the computer.  The recovery solution may be one or more Recovery discs and/or Operating System (OS) Reinstallation discs, a hidden recovery partition, or both.  If you have to run the recovery, please visit the model-specific support page at support.dell.com to learn more about how to do that procedure.

    If you do not have the Dell OS Reinstallation discs, follow this link to learn how to get them from Dell:  http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dellcare/en/backupcd_form?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&redirect=1


    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, August 12, 2009 7:50 PM
    Thursday, August 6, 2009 3:20 AM

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  • Hello candi-heartz,

    Please refer to the link below and run the MGA Diagnostics tool:

     

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

     

    You will be prompted to either “Run” or “Save” the tool. Choose to “Run” the tool and follow the on-screen prompts. You will receive an “Internet Explorer-Security Warning” dialog box for the “Windows Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool”; you must choose to “Run” this tool when prompted.

     

    Once you are presented with the Diagnostics tool choose “Continue” to run the diagnostic report. If the “RESOLVE” button is available after running the diagnostics, please click “RESOLVE” to allow the diagnostic tool to attempt a repair.

     

    1.      After running the MGA Diagnostic tool, click on the “Windows” tab and then click on “Copy”.

    2.      Please return to this post and “Paste” the results here for additional review.

     

    Step 2 is to look on the computer itself, in the documentation 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 full Product Key that may be printed on your CoA.

    Not sure what to look for?  See this page for reference:  http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/coa.mspx

     

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


    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Tuesday, August 4, 2009 3:36 PM
  • Diagnostic Report (1.9.0011.0):
    -----------------------------------------
    WGA Data-->
    Validation Status: Geographically blocked PID
    Validation Code: 13

    Cached Validation Code: N/A
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-3R89F-D2KXW-VPK3J
    Windows Product Key Hash: Ro/Y7HENE9CfW7lW+QtlNbYQEE8=
    Windows Product ID: 76487-640-8365391-23966
    Windows Product ID Type: 1
    Windows License Type: Volume
    Windows OS version: 5.1.2600.2.00010100.2.0.pro
    ID: {B9872E40-1F95-4FA7-BD6C-430826A794AF}(3)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    WGA Version: Registered, 1.9.40.0
    Signed By: Microsoft
    Product Name: N/A
    Architecture: N/A
    Build lab: N/A
    TTS Error: N/A
    Validation Diagnostic: 025D1FF3-230-1
    Resolution Status: N/A

    WgaER Data-->
    ThreatID(s): N/A
    Version: N/A

    WGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: 13
    File Exists: Yes
    Version: 1.9.40.0
    WgaTray.exe Signed By: Microsoft
    WgaLogon.dll Signed By: Microsoft

    OGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Data-->
    Office Status: 109 N/A
    OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
    Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Office Diagnostics: B4D0AA8B-604-645_B4D0AA8B-604-645_B4D0AA8B-604-645_025D1FF3-230-1

    Browser Data-->
    Proxy settings: N/A
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.exe
    Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
    Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
    Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
    Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
    Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
    Active scripting: Allowed
    Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

    File Scan Data-->

    Other data-->
    Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{B9872E40-1F95-4FA7-BD6C-430826A794AF}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0011.0</Version><OS>5.1.2600.2.00010100.2.0.pro</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-VPK3J</PKey><PID>76487-640-8365391-23966</PID><PIDType>1</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-1819610559-273762878-4126633285</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>Dell Computer Corporation</Manufacturer><Model>Latitude C800                   </Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Dell Computer Corporation</Manufacturer><Version>A23</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="3"/><Date>20040121000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>E9BC3007018400C6</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Mountain Standard Time(GMT-07:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM/><GANotification><File Name="WgaTray.exe" Version="1.9.40.0"/><File Name="WgaLogon.dll" Version="1.9.40.0"/></GANotification></MachineData>   <Software><Office><Result>109</Result><Products/><Applications/></Office></Software></GenuineResults> 

    Licensing Data-->
    N/A

    HWID Data-->
    N/A

    OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
    BIOS string matches: yes
    Marker string from BIOS: C000:Dell Inc|C000:Microsoft Corporation
    Marker string from OEMBIOS.DAT: N/A, hr = 0x80004005

    OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
    N/A

     

    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 9:58 PM
  • From your MGA report:

    Validation Status: Geographically blocked PID
    Windows License Type: Volume

    Unfortunately, someone installed a non-genuine volume license copy of Windows XP Professional on the used computer.
    A volume license is typically sold to business enterprises and not individuals. Individuals should have either a Retail or OEM
    version of Windows installed.

    Please
    visit Genuine Microsoft Software and click on Validate Windows.  When validation fails, click on the Get Genuine button
    to learn of your options which includes how to acquire a WGA Kit.
    Carey Frisch
    Thursday, August 6, 2009 3:03 AM
    Moderator
  • Hello candi-heartz,

    Right now, your Dell Latitude C800 laptop computer has a Volume Licensing edition of XP Pro installed (Line 10), and that installation was done with a now-geographically blocked Volume Licensing Key (VLK) (Line 2).  VLKs are blocked by Microsoft at the request of the original keyholder for such reasons as the key was lost, stolen, compromised, misused, or expired.  Also, MS may have blocked the key if it notices a pattern of misuse, ie, more installations of XP using that key than authorized.

    A geographically blocked key is blocked when it is detected in use outside of the worldwide geographic area(s) and/or region(s) covered by its VL Agreement.  The particular Product Key you are using, which ends in 3R89F-D2KXW-VPK3J, is a widely pirated key, and it looks like it recently (end of March, 2009 for time zones other than USA, and very recently [last week] for some USA time zones) had a geographic block put on it to try to curb its use, which probably explains why it was showing as Genuine up until recently.

    Also note that the installed license for XP Pro is a Volume License.  As a rule, VL editions of XP should not be sold to individual consumers.  Businesses, schools and gov'ts normally use VL editions for flexibility in installing many computers.  Additionally, VL editions are Upgrade licenses ONLY, and therfore cannot be used as the primary or base license for a computer.

    This is why you were seeing the "software counterfeiting" messages on your computer, because the current installation of XP is an unauthorized installation.

    The next step in the process 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 Authenticty (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 some other 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?  In this case we would expect it to read, "Dell."

    4.  DO NOT post the full Product Key that may be printed on your CoA.

    Not sure what to look for?  Click here:  http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/coa.mspx

    If there is a CoA, that means the computer is still licensed to run the version and edition of Windows described on the CoA, so there would be no need to purchase a WGA Kit.

    If the CoA says that it is for XP Professional, the first thing to try is running the Product Key Updater utility:  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=45668

    If the CoA is for any version or edition of Windows other than XP Professional, then your only available solution is to backup and offload your data, then use the Recovery Solution provided by Dell with the computer to put back the original factory installation of Windows (as described on the CoA) that came with the computer.  The recovery solution may be one or more Recovery discs and/or Operating System (OS) Reinstallation discs, a hidden recovery partition, or both.  If you have to run the recovery, please visit the model-specific support page at support.dell.com to learn more about how to do that procedure.

    If you do not have the Dell OS Reinstallation discs, follow this link to learn how to get them from Dell:  http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dellcare/en/backupcd_form?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&redirect=1


    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Wednesday, August 12, 2009 7:50 PM
    Thursday, August 6, 2009 3:20 AM