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  • I did a clean install today of OEM Windows XP Professional on freshly repartitoned+reformatted hard drive in my older homebuilt PC.

    The COA printing includes bold font "Windows XP Professional OEM Software", there is no computer manufactirer name printed on the COA.  The COA looks just like the "Small Manufacturer Pre-Installed Windows COA" (3rd image) shown at http://www.microsoft.com/howtotell/content.aspx?pg=coa&displaylang=en specifically the COA with yellow background + light blue "M". The COA Proof of License has "X14-01711" and "E85-05103" printed vertically below the vertical barcode on the right edge. A horizontal holographic orange ribbon is visible behind the three portholes (left is ragged oval, center is rectangular, right hole is shaped like a ragged Windows flag).  The last 15 characters of Product Key on COA match those shown in the following Diagnostic Report I've COPY&pasted below from running the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Tool (GAT):

    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
    -----------------------------------------
    Windows Validation Data-->
    Validation Status: Invalid Product Key
    Validation Code: 8
    Cached Validation Code: N/A
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-G8GRD-8HBVJ-9Y2T8
    Windows Product Key Hash: 2w8dHaJSCYbawljv2Lwrq23mQ8Y=
    Windows Product ID: 76487-640-8426834-23564
    Windows Product ID Type: 1
    Windows License Type: Volume
    Windows OS version: 5.1.2600.2.00010100.3.0.pro
    ID: {8AA53C83-A24D-4064-80D1-BB12D86144F9}(3)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    LegitcheckControl ActiveX: Registered, 1.9.42.0
    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

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

    Windows XP Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: 8
    File Exists: Yes
    Version: 1.9.40.0
    WgaTray.exe Signed By: Microsoft
    WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80004005

    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: Registered, 2.0.48.0
    Signed By: Microsoft
    Office Diagnostics: B4D0AA8B-543-80070002_025D1FF3-230-1

    Browser Data-->
    Proxy settings: N/A
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; 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>{8AA53C83-A24D-4064-80D1-BB12D86144F9}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0027.0</Version><OS>5.1.2600.2.00010100.3.0.pro</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-9Y2T8</PKey><PID>76487-640-8426834-23564</PID><PIDType>1</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-1275210071-287218729-1177238915</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>System Manufacturer</Manufacturer><Model>System Name</Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Award Software, Inc.</Manufacturer><Version>ASUS P4PE ACPI BIOS Revision 1007</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="3"/><Date>20031110000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>43E13BF701843972</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Pacific Standard Time(GMT-08:00)</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="1.9.9.1"/></GANotification></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>109</Result><Products/><Applications/></Office></Software></GenuineResults> 

    Licensing Data-->
    N/A

    Windows Activation Technologies-->
    N/A

    HWID Data-->
    N/A

    OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->
    BIOS string matches: yes
    Marker string from BIOS: 139C0:ASUSTeK Computer Inc|10196:GENUINE C&C INC
    Marker string from OEMBIOS.DAT: N/A, hr = 0x80004005

    OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
    N/A

     ======================

    The CD has extensive orange & black holographic printing with many "Microsoft Windows XP" lines, "Licensed for distribution only with a new PC", "Includes Service Pack 3 Version 2002 c.2008 Microsoft Corporation.", and "Part No. X14-72249".  Wrapped around the center ring is a barcode and (engraved?) "X14-73315  DP4K  10".


    Asus P5N32-E SLI mobo, C2D E8400 @3GHz, 4x 1GB PC2-8500 OCZ DDR2, Asus EN8800GT/512MB, dual-boot Win7 x64 & PCLinuxOS 2010
    • Edited by BMaytum Sunday, August 8, 2010 6:43 AM added more COA info
    Sunday, August 8, 2010 5:35 AM

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  • "BMaytum" wrote in message news:defc8e63-73b0-4ced-b9f2-04827a3b5ea3...

    I did a clean install today of OEM Windows XP Professional on freshly repartitoned+reformatted hard drive in my older homebuilt PC.

    The COA printing includes bold font "Windows XP Professional OEM Software", there is no computer manufactirer name printed on the COA.  The COA looks just like the "Small Manufacturer Pre-Installed Windows COA" (3rd image) shown at http://www.microsoft.com/howtotell/content.aspx?pg=coa&displaylang=en specifically the COA with yellow background + light blue "M". The COA Proof of License has "X14-01711" and "E85-05103" printed vertically below the vertical barcode on the right edge. A horizontal holographic orange ribbon is visible behind the three portholes (left is ragged oval, center is rectangular, right hole is shaped like a ragged Windows flag).  The last 15 characters of Product Key on COA match those shown in the following Diagnostic Report I've COPY&pasted below from running the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Tool (GAT):

    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
    -----------------------------------------
    Windows Validation Data-->
    Validation Status: Invalid Product Key
    Validation Code: 8
    Cached Validation Code: N/A
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-G8GRD-8HBVJ-9Y2T8
    Windows Product Key Hash: 2w8dHaJSCYbawljv2Lwrq23mQ8Y=
    Windows Product ID: 76487-640-8426834-23564
    Windows Product ID Type: 1
    Windows License Type: Volume
    Windows OS version: 5.1.2600.2.00010100.3.0.pro

    The Key in this machine is a Volume License Key - and one that has been generated by a hackers KeyGen program, rather than MS.
    I doubt that the key on the sticker matches the key above.
    Volume License Keys are only sold to larger organisations for use on their own machines - and are not for sale to the general public.
     

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    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, August 10, 2010 10:12 PM
    Sunday, August 8, 2010 8:30 AM
    Moderator

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  • "BMaytum" wrote in message news:defc8e63-73b0-4ced-b9f2-04827a3b5ea3...

    I did a clean install today of OEM Windows XP Professional on freshly repartitoned+reformatted hard drive in my older homebuilt PC.

    The COA printing includes bold font "Windows XP Professional OEM Software", there is no computer manufactirer name printed on the COA.  The COA looks just like the "Small Manufacturer Pre-Installed Windows COA" (3rd image) shown at http://www.microsoft.com/howtotell/content.aspx?pg=coa&displaylang=en specifically the COA with yellow background + light blue "M". The COA Proof of License has "X14-01711" and "E85-05103" printed vertically below the vertical barcode on the right edge. A horizontal holographic orange ribbon is visible behind the three portholes (left is ragged oval, center is rectangular, right hole is shaped like a ragged Windows flag).  The last 15 characters of Product Key on COA match those shown in the following Diagnostic Report I've COPY&pasted below from running the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Tool (GAT):

    Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
    -----------------------------------------
    Windows Validation Data-->
    Validation Status: Invalid Product Key
    Validation Code: 8
    Cached Validation Code: N/A
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-G8GRD-8HBVJ-9Y2T8
    Windows Product Key Hash: 2w8dHaJSCYbawljv2Lwrq23mQ8Y=
    Windows Product ID: 76487-640-8426834-23564
    Windows Product ID Type: 1
    Windows License Type: Volume
    Windows OS version: 5.1.2600.2.00010100.3.0.pro

    The Key in this machine is a Volume License Key - and one that has been generated by a hackers KeyGen program, rather than MS.
    I doubt that the key on the sticker matches the key above.
    Volume License Keys are only sold to larger organisations for use on their own machines - and are not for sale to the general public.
     

    --


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, August 10, 2010 10:12 PM
    Sunday, August 8, 2010 8:30 AM
    Moderator
  • Noel Paton wrote:
    The Key in this machine is a Volume License Key - and one that has been generated by a hackers KeyGen program, rather than MS.
    I doubt that the key on the sticker matches the key above.
    Volume License Keys are only sold to larger organisations for use on their own machines - and are not for sale to the general public.
     

    Mr. Paton:

    Regarding your 2nd statement:  During installation, I typed in the full 25-character Product Key provided on my COA sticker.  The trailing 15-characters of the Product Key listed in the GATool Diagnostic Report I posted above EXACTLY matches the trailing 15 characters printed on the COA sticker.

    Regarding your 1st statement:  What is the basis for your statement that "The Key ... has been generated by a hackers KeyGen program, rather than MS"?

    I should note that I chose to NOT ACTIVATE this Windows XP Pro during installation, I wanted to verify it was working well before Activating it.  Is it possible that Windows is failing to pass Genuine Validation because I haven't Activated it yet?   This page http://www.microsoft.com/howtotell/content.aspx?displaylang=en&pg=mpa says: <quote>

    For Windows and Office, activation is the first step to make sure that you’re using genuine Microsoft software; the next step is validation, which is an online process that allows you to verify that Windows or Office running on your PC is genuine. Only genuine Microsoft software users have access to exclusive downloads and optional updates from Microsoft (including Microsoft Security Essentials, the no-cost, award-winning antimalware program available only to genuine Windows users). Once you’ve properly activated Windows and/or Office running on your PC, visit the Genuine Microsoft Software website to validate your software.   <end quote>

    If so, once I Activate this Windows, should the Genuine Validation then pass?  


    Asus P5N32-E SLI mobo, C2D E8400 @3GHz, 4x 1GB PC2-8500 OCZ DDR2, Asus EN8800GT/512MB, dual-boot Win7 x64 & PCLinuxOS 2010
    Sunday, August 8, 2010 6:10 PM
  • "BMaytum" wrote in message news:dcfbf7c2-b03a-494a-afd1-9f491c99c036...
    Noel Paton wrote:
    The Key in this machine is a Volume License Key - and one that has been generated by a hackers KeyGen program, rather than MS.
    I doubt that the key on the sticker matches the key above.
    Volume License Keys are only sold to larger organisations for use on their own machines - and are not for sale to the general public.
     

    Mr. Paton:

    Regarding your 2nd statement:  During installation, I typed in the full 25-character Product Key provided on my COA sticker.  The trailing 15-characters of the Product Key listed in the GATool Diagnostic Report I posted above EXACTLY matches the trailing 15 characters printed on the COA sticker.

    Regarding your 1st statement:  What is the basis for your statement that "The Key ... has been generated by a hackers KeyGen program, rather than MS"?

    I should note that I chose to NOT ACTIVATE this Windows XP Pro during installation, I wanted to verify it was working well before Activating it.  Is it possible that Windows is failing to pass Genuine Validation because I haven't Activated it yet?   This page http://www.microsoft.com/howtotell/content.aspx?displaylang=en&pg=mpa says: <quote>

    For Windows and Office, activation is the first step to make sure that you’re using genuine Microsoft software; the next step is validation, which is an online process that allows you to verify that Windows or Office running on your PC is genuine. Only genuine Microsoft software users have access to exclusive downloads and optional updates from Microsoft (including Microsoft Security Essentials, the no-cost, award-winning antimalware program available only to genuine Windows users). Once you’ve properly activated Windows and/or Office running on your PC, visit the Genuine Microsoft Software website to validate your software.   <end quote>

    If so, once I Activate this Windows, should the Genuine Validation then pass?  


    Asus P5N32-E SLI mobo, C2D E8400 @3GHz, 4x 1GB PC2-8500 OCZ DDR2, Asus EN8800GT/512MB, dual-boot Win7 x64 & PCLinuxOS 2010

    Not a chance :(
    The Key is a fake.
    With Volume Keys, the word 'Invalid' means that the Key is not in MS's database of issued keys - therefore it has been generated by a KeyGen program.
    Volume Licenses are only sold to organisations for installation on their own machines - they are not available to the general public.
     
    Validation will always pass until the install is activated. - if it fails activation (which it will do / has done) then you have until the grace period expires to update it so that at least the system is usable until you make it genuine.
     
    You should look at the following pages:-
     
     
    You need to check whether the hologram is a stick-on label, or properly embedded into the plastic of the disk, and also check the COA sticker for for compliance with the proper standard.
    From where did you purchase the software? - if on eBay, then well over 50 of software sold there is counterfeit. Some of this counterfeiting is so good that MS has to spend considerable time working out how to tell the difference, as it was produced in the same factory on the same machines as the 'good stuff' - but siphoned off the production line, and unauthorised Keys added.
     

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    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi | CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    Sunday, August 8, 2010 7:59 PM
    Moderator
  • Mr. Paton:

    Thank you your time to provide explanations and weblinks above.

    I've now closely examined the "Backgound Hologram" as you recommended (and as Microsoft described it http://www.microsoft.com/howtotell/product.aspx?pID=2abf99cd-a5e4-469c-802e-55ca8ec542d5&cID=ea710cad-37b0-4975-bcd6-abfee19961df&method=retail&displaylang=en-gb).  The Background Hologram is clearly a STICK-ON label that is NOT embedded in the CD-Rom disc plastic, thereby confirming I was sold a COUNTERFEIT disc.

    I will request a refund from the eBay seller, and escalate it to an eBay Resolution Center Dispute if necessary.  I likely will also report this sale to Microsoft via their online piracy reporting process.


    Asus P5N32-E SLI mobo, C2D E8400 @3GHz, 4x 1GB PC2-8500 OCZ DDR2, Asus EN8800GT/512MB, dual-boot Win7 x64 & PCLinuxOS 2010
    Monday, August 9, 2010 1:11 AM
  • Hello BMaytum,

    It's a virtual certainty that the materials you purchased are counterfeits.

    If you cannot get satisfaction from the seller, your circumstances should qualify for Microsoft's Complimentary Replacement Program as described in the WGA FAQ:  http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/downloads/FAQ.aspx?displaylang=en#ID0EFIAC

    The wrinkle is that you have to apply for the Complimentary offer by responding to messaging from the WGA Notifications Utility, or by failing validation at www.microsoft.com/genuine.  This may require downloading the WGA Notifications Utility (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=afd45b36-3d77-4259-801c-d31a9a90cdcf), or may require that you activate your installation.


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    Monday, August 9, 2010 3:44 AM