Solved \How to tell if Windows XP Pro is genuine

August 14, 2011 at 17:20:36
Specs: Windows 7

I purchased a used PC with XP Pro installed, running and validated. But the CD was for the MS OS was not included. How do I know if the purchase is legal, and that the seller has not installed his \os on a another computer?

The key is available in the OS but the tower bears no sticker. How do I know that a format and reinstall will show up genuine, or if the seller has used his XP Pro CD on another computer? Help please - I'm 75 and don't know these things! Thank you. Robert, South Africa.


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#1
August 14, 2011 at 18:01:13

Is the PC running and getting critical updates?
If so, then quit worrying and enjoy your PC.

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#2
August 14, 2011 at 18:36:02
✔ Best Answer

Do a search on the comp for i386 about 500 mb, if you have it, I will give you the info on how to use it so you have a XP CD or whatever medium you prefer.

You will need to do this.

Folder Options
To access: Control Panel > Folder Options or My Computer or Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options, tick/check > Show hidden files and folders.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tut...


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#3
August 16, 2011 at 11:50:36

Thanks guys. I wish I had known these things before! Microsoft gave me 116 auto-updates (two missing according to a Belarc Advisor report - and then came the bombshell: Microsoft told me very nicely that I had purchased an XP Pro with a "blocked" key and that my install was illegal and that I had to buy a new XP Pro CD - I seem to remember MS quoted $49? Yes, I was a "victim" of an illegal purchase!

Fortunately a friend sold me an XP Pro CD for $6.00 with a valid key, which is now installed, registered and activated and has passed Microsoft's beady eye with full approval. I really appreciate all your advice and am so much the wiser now! Best regards to you all, and of course to Tom's Guide. I can't pick a "Best Answer" as I got excellent advice from all.

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#4
August 16, 2011 at 11:57:13

a friend sold me an XP Pro CD for $6.00 with a valid key,
Good luck with that

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#5
August 16, 2011 at 16:56:31

I do apologize - Microsoft's offer for a new XP Pro Cd was plus-minus $490.00 ZARands about R3500.00 (I cannot recall exactly what MS quoted me) and my friend charged me $60.00 for his unused XP Pro CD ( that is ZARands R399.00), which is still a terrific bargain. The 75 year-old memory ain't what it used to be!

Thanks again.

The puzzle is why Microsoftt auto-updated the illegal XP Pro, and informed me that the key is a blocked key???

Nevertheless, from chaos to calm.




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#6
August 16, 2011 at 17:06:24

The puzzle is why Microsoftt auto-updated the illegal XP Pro, and informed me that the key is a blocked key???

This should read: "The puzzle is why Microsoft FIRST auto-updated the illegal XP Pro, and THEN informed me that the key is a blocked key." It seems I used the italics sign incorrectly...



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#7
August 16, 2011 at 17:40:36

I am not to sure, but I think they allow the auto update, so that they can send their genuine checking program. Then the program will tell you that the key is blocked.

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#8
August 16, 2011 at 17:52:25

Interesting, Joker123. Thank you for this insight.

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