Victim of Counterfeit Message (WGA)

February 8, 2010 at 08:34:39
Specs: Windows XP, 3gb
Folks....

Had an emergency helping a friend with a corrupted xp system.

Had to run a Repair Install.

The only disk available was one of those old hacked XP install cds.

The repair install worked okay....but it now has that "you may be a victim of counterfeit" message ...and none of the service packs will install.

Well....before the Repair Install was run.....I had extracted the Original XP PRO key.

So....I've got a legitimate Key.

Is there any way to change the KEY without going through an entire reinstall with the valid CD (which is now available).

NOTE: I had initially tried changing the key using that registry editing technique which forces it to go through the registration process again (the one where you select the "by phone" option...then change the key)....but...when entering the Original Valid key....it gives a message that it is not a valid key (I think b/c the original, valid XP CD was an SP2 version...and the version that was used for the repair install was a version with NO SPs).

I hope this all makes sense.

Any help on a process to chance this install to the Valid Key (which we do posses) ....without having to reinstall.....would be greatly appreciated.

THANKS

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#1
February 8, 2010 at 08:41:30
Unplug the Ethernet Cable and do a Phone Registration.

Control Panel->System->Click Register->Select by Phone.
or if you can't find it on the controll panel then goto System Tools and do it.

Call the 1 800 number and give the automated system the numbers listed on the screen.

Here are the complete instructions...
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307890

The other solution is to download a Volume License Key (VLK) version of Windows XP ISO from a bit-torrent and try again. If you are not familiar with bit-torrents then you may want to avoid this option because some torrents have key-gens that have viruses in them.


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#2
February 8, 2010 at 14:04:47
If the Product key belongs to an SP2 version, Microsoft might not allow you activate an SP0 version with that key.

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#3
February 8, 2010 at 14:22:40
Search google for "make XP 100% genuine" & you'll have your answer.

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