Validation Woes... RRS feed

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  • I am a very frustrated IT professional. I own four legitimate copies of XP privately. One of my copies magically was "Expired" according to the outsourced activation call center. Given that we have to reactivate seemingly everytime we add new hardware, sooner or later I guess everyone's XP professional expires (I am sure corporate Canada/US will love to hear that).

    That aside, I cannot even activate the OS on several legitimate portables that we work with in the professional environment.

    In the end, there are various Linux builds now that are approaching or exceeding Microsoft features and ease of use. I don't know about other professionals, but if Microsoft does not smarten up thier act, the only people who will keep using MS products will be the pirates. Legitimate users who pay for the product will not keep putting up with this garbage.

    I swore by Microsoft products for years. Now I just swear at them and 90% of my grief is activation/wga.

    - Soon to not be a MS professional....

    PS: any thoughts on how I can get my XP Pro "unexpired"? The call center in India seemed to be of the opinion that I should return it to the point of purchase (lol)

    Wednesday, July 5, 2006 4:01 PM

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  • Sono Yuu,

    Unfortunately, you are in the wrong section of the forum for assistance.

    Kindly follow these steps for assistance:

    Step 1 is to download and run the utility at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012, then click the Windows tab, Copy to Clipboard, then paste the report into a fresh message in the Windows Validation Problems section:  http://forums.microsoft.com/Genuine/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=442&SiteID=25.

    Step 2 is to look on the computer or with the materials you received with the computer 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?

    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?  Click here:  http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/en/coa.mspx


    Wednesday, July 5, 2006 4:07 PM