Genuine Windows XP and still says to validate

By terry5880 ยท 4 replies
Jul 13, 2012
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  1. hi all working trainiee to fix laptops /pc,s and I formatted pc installed windows xp pro from origanal disc then used cd key on sticker on the tower and still it asks to validate by phoning or on internet . is this right
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Just phone it in, its an automated system and it will get you fixed up.

    See Zen's post below this.
  3. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    Well most Windows Operating System now a days, even with Windows XP it requires some sort of validation! In order to take full advantage of your product, Microsoft try's to make sure your copy is genuine, hence the name "Microsoft Genuine Advantage"! With Windows XP, when you click on "Updates" it should first take you to in their product downloads section. There should be two files to download that are mandatory downloads to do, if you want to take full advantage of your product, like the ability to download and install current and future product updates. Once complete and your system checks out to be genuine, the locks on the product update feature will be removed and you can than bring your copy of Windows up to date.

    This is a normal function after installing Windows XP on a computer, so when you ask "is this right", the answer is yes, it's right! But there again I'm only speaking from personal experience, I've always used the Internet way to validate copy's of Windows XP, I never was prompted to ever have to call them by phone.
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  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Looks like I replied too hastily, Zen has it right. I was thinking you already knew it was supposed to be activated, but your genuine copy wasn't activating. So I said to phone it in.

    So yes, activate it over the internet. Phone it in if that fails.
    Zen likes this.
  5. terry5880

    terry5880 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 321

    thanks guys I need to get the enthernet driver which I been having trouble with as every time I do install it says code 10 so having trouble oce I work this out I will then activate threw internet

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