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  • i want to buy a new wga license for my xp product. how do i do this?

    this microsoft "help" forum is the most disorganised mess i have ever tried to negotiate in my life!  keep it simple guys, if you're telling us we have counterfeit software and need to replace it,TELL US HOW TO DO IT!!!!!!!!!!! is that so hard?  i've spent hours trawling this site and these posts looking for a clue as to how to actually purchase the new license...and i find zilch!!!!!

    ps

    roll on xmas, i'm switching to the mac so it'll be "so long and good riddance" to mswindows...whooppee-doooooooo

    pps

    i still need a pc tho' as my kids are addicted to msn!

    Wednesday, December 6, 2006 8:37 PM

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  • Jimoneill,

    Here's a link that has screenshots at the bottom of the page:  http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/wga.asp

    Note that in order to purchase a Genuine Windows Offer WGA Kit, you have to be running a nongenuine installation of XP.  If you are not seeing the dialogs and the WGA star in your Notification Area (aka System Tray), then perhaps your installation of XP is genuine.

    BTW, there's a new Mac OS (http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/index.html) due out in Spring '07, be sure to get a Mac that includes an upgrade coupon for a free copy of the new OS.

    Wednesday, December 6, 2006 8:47 PM

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  • Jimoneill,

    Here's a link that has screenshots at the bottom of the page:  http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/wga.asp

    Note that in order to purchase a Genuine Windows Offer WGA Kit, you have to be running a nongenuine installation of XP.  If you are not seeing the dialogs and the WGA star in your Notification Area (aka System Tray), then perhaps your installation of XP is genuine.

    BTW, there's a new Mac OS (http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/index.html) due out in Spring '07, be sure to get a Mac that includes an upgrade coupon for a free copy of the new OS.

    Wednesday, December 6, 2006 8:47 PM
  • thanks Dan

    my pc's displaying all the appropriate messages and dialogs etc.  but for some reason i can't get past the initial validation diagnostics.  it keeps telling me i need to change my IE setting to allow direct-x to run, but my settings were already correct!  because of this, i can never get far enough in their dialogs to reach the "buy now" section.

    anyhoos...i just found out that apple are opening a new store here in glasgow, next spring. so i've cancelled my xmas mac and hopefully they'll have some nice deals then.  it just means i'll have to put up with windows a bit longer...and as for WGA, i guess i'll wait till microsoft send a salesperson round to my house to sell it to me in person.

    Thursday, December 7, 2006 5:49 PM
  • Jimoneill,

    You know the drill... Let's have a look.....

    Please follow these steps for assistance:

    Step 1 is to run the utility at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012, then click the Windows tab, click the "Copy" button, then paste the report into a response in this thread.

    Step 2 is to look on the computer or with the materials you received with the computer or with 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 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 Product Key.

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


     

    Friday, December 8, 2006 2:51 PM
  • Of Leopard or Vista? because Macs wouldn't have either, But the Mac os X 10.5 would almost be equal to Vista SP20 Ultimate, which would be appx. $350, compared to mac os X which has always been $130, and you can get iLife for only $80, STILL less than Vista Ultimate, which is not really there in everything except with amount of people using it (NOT because of popularity), so you don't need a coupon.
    Thursday, January 11, 2007 1:54 AM