If your version of Windows XP is not genuine and does not pass the validation schemes, you will not be able to download security patches from Windows Update, or install the latest version of Internet Explorer 7 and other software.For those users that do have a valid version of Windows XP, Microsoft offers some special promotions.Many factors can cause Windows validation to fail, including major hardware changes on the computer, corrupted licensing files, data entry error and installing a copy of Windows that is altered or pirated.
For this reason, one of the first things you'll want to do is click on the link below to check your computer's configuration and fix any problems that may exist.
After checking for problems, you can click on a link to validate Windows.
Microsoft is offering a variety of options to customers who unknowingly purchased a counterfeit copy of Windows XP.
Customers can submit a proof of purchase, the original counterfeit CD, and fill out a report with the details of the purchase and Microsoft will give the customer a complimentary copy of Windows XP.
Also one other note, if you currently have XP Pro (pirated), you'll need to purchase the XP Pro Upgrade to upgrade your system.
XP Home can only upgrade the Home Edition, where XP Pro can upgrade both the Home and Pro versions. First of all, your computer may not be properly configured to allow the validation process to complete.
You may have exceeded your allowed number of activations for your product key, or obtained a counterfeit product. Steele also works as an IT Help Desk analyst, specializing in consumer and business user tech support. Steele also holds certifications as a Microsoft-certified desktop support technician, Microsoft-certified IT professional, Windows 7 enterprise support technician and Comp TIA A IT technician.
During the last couple of years Microsoft focused on strengthening its anti piracy policy.
You can however purchase an Upgrade edition and change a pirated version to a fully licensed version.
Just be sure you have a previous version of Windows (95,98, ME) in case you need to completely reinstall Windows XP someday.
However only high-quality counterfeit Windows versions will qualify for this copy.