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Xp Pro Validation And Updates


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#1 anitabz247

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 03:44 AM

My ex-boyfriend paid $75.00 for my lil 10 gig computer at a computer store, which came with XP Pro already installed, therefore I do not have any CD's for said software.

Question is: Is it of utmost importance that I get validation, and am I leaving my computer at risk if I don't?

BTW - I already contacted the computer store, and they said it came to them that way. Yeah right! :flowers:

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 04:22 AM

I don't understand. If it's a genuine copy of Windows XP you should get automatic updates no matter what.

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 06:17 AM

Windows will check if it's a valid o/s before it updates anything.
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Posted 27 August 2007 - 09:50 AM

If is indeed a legit copy, you can use Belarc Advisor or SIW to find your CD key
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Posted 27 August 2007 - 10:10 AM

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Hiya,

For certain if your copy of windows is not legal, windows will literally scream it at you.

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 12:33 PM

Thanks everyone for the replies. Sorry, it was late and I forgot to mention that I am getting those lovely "you may be a victim of software counterfeiting", messages. So annoying!!!

It is annoying b/c since my computer came with the XP already installed, I am assuming that the individual who installed said software, may not have used an original, but rather a copy when they installed it on the computer. Since there were empty folders with the name "warehouse" on them on my C drive, and the outside of the PC itself states "warehouse" in faded black ink, I can only assume that some corporate tech guy put multiple copies on multiple computers, leading me back to my original question... will an unauthorized copy of XP leave me with a BIG SECURITY GAP in my system, i.e. is my $75.00 computer now going to cost me $200+ more?

Sorry so long.

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 01:26 PM

XP under $100 I'm sure there are other places, I've purchased from here before
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Edited by garmanma, 28 August 2007 - 02:59 PM.

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 01:31 PM

If you cannot install windows updates which are categorized as critical, then you do have a significant security issue. These critical updates address potential exploits and other "weakpoints" of your system.

Try using Internet Explorer and browse to http://www.update.microsoft.com/ . Follow the online directions and see if you can install critical updates.
Reply back if:
- critical updates fail because of authenticity issues, or some other reason. Respond with the literal error message, along with any code it may have returned.
- updates are succesful. If so, then congrats! Much of the security concern is alleviated. Remember to reboot and scan for critical updates until you no longer receive them. Bear in mind that this could take a while if you are starting from "scratch".

[edit]
I recall buying a cheapie PC for a similar amount. It was up to me to separately purchase a license from MS for XP Pro. If cost a little over $100 to download an activation key and have an install disk shipped to my address. This way I could just plug in the activation key to keep my PC with all of the other software that was pre-installed. But, you should follow garmanma's link because he meant that the software is under $100, which is a good deal.

Anyways, keep us updated and good luck!

Edited by jhsmurray, 28 August 2007 - 01:47 PM.


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Posted 28 August 2007 - 03:02 PM

But, you should follow garmanma's link because he meant that the software is under $100, which is a good deal.
Anyways, keep us updated and good luck!

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 03:12 PM

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Hiya,

In the UK, it costs 95.47 Pounds Sterling to obtain a Windows Genuine Advantage Kit, which includes the key, E mailed to you and the disc follows some 7 days after along with you licence. However when you have received the key you can then immediatley validate the operating system without any further problems. Of course you can then go on to gather your updates. $100 therefore appears very reasonable compared to the UK prices.

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 12:20 AM

It is current Microsoft policy to allow non-genuine copies of Windows XP to receive critical updates.
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Posted 30 August 2007 - 06:30 PM

Contact Microsoft and ask them what your options are. There are numerous programs available, so it's best to get the info from the source.
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