XP PRO: Invalid Copy?! What the...?!

By Route44
Feb 13, 2007
  1. In May 2006 I built my 939 rig and installed an OEM version of XP Pro SP2 that is fully validated with key purchased from a reputable dealer. Anytime I was prompted to update it went right through. Windows servers recognized my copy as valid everytime but...

    I had a BSOD 30 minutes ago and when I re-booted my Sunbelt firewall attempted to create a crash report and then upload. At the same time Windows popped up with a notice of a serious failure and wanted me to send the Error Report. I made the mistake of sending and I got...

    Validation Failure and now they want me to try and get a "valid copy" because mine is pirated or so they say. It is not a pirated copy. I use my PC extensively and I am online all the time and this is the first time ever this has happened.

    Any ideas what it could be and what do I need to rectify this problem? Thanks.
  2. gavinseabrook

    gavinseabrook TS Rookie Posts: 320

    I would say go make as if your going to get windows updates, or download something from There is an option to enter a new CD key. Enter the same key you have, and when it tries to validate it, it might prompt you that it has been used before, and you might have to Activate by Telephone. Shouldnt be much of a problem.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    The command oobe/msoobe /a from the Start > Run box may be of some use here. This will bring up the activation screen.

    I've never heard of activation problems due to sending error reports, so this is news to me.

    Your only recourse might be to talk a MS representative... They are pretty forgiving and I think they will help you activate your Windows as long as you can provide a valid product key.
  4. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 595

    I once tried activating with them....they are just useless pieces of s*** I solved the problem with a service pack upgrade
  5. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 11,966   +70

    Okay, now it is getting wierd. As suggested to me from a person I know I pasted the following in RUN option under the start menu, %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /A in order to bring me to the validation process.

    Here is the thing: Windows says my software has already been validated!

    In addition: I was prompted to download and install 17 security updates as of yesterday. Now if my copy was pirated then MS would shut down the attempt and tell me I have an invalid copy. Guess what? Not only was I able to download said 17 updates but they also installed without a hitch.

    And yet I still get the "You have a pirated copy."
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    The "Pirated Copy" messages are caused by the Microsoft Genuine (dis)Advantage... This is included as an update from Microsoft in your automatic updates and at Something has probably gone wrong with this.

    Microsoft lists instructions to remove the MS Genuine Advantage update

  7. tweaks_sav

    tweaks_sav TS Rookie Posts: 186

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