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XP Pro Validation Problem

January 3, 2010 at 18:53:25
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Pro, 2.8 GHz / 2 gb
My son is trying to install "Microsoft Video Screensaver" on a Dell running XP Pro from here.

You'll note that next to the Download button it says "Validation Required". When he downloads the installer and runs it, he is asked to Accept the EULA and then the installer says that he must Validate his copy of Windows. When he clicks "Validate now", IE opens, the Validation process begins and he gets the message that his copy of Windows is valid.

Unfortunately, when he clicks back onto the Installer window, it says that the installation was interrupted and that he should restart it. When he restarts the installation, it once again asks him to validate his copy of Windows and the same thing happens again. IE opens, Windows is validated, Installer has been interrupted. In fact, if we click back to the Installer window as soon as IE opens - before the validation process begins - the installer already shows the "interrupted" message.

We then went directly to the Microsoft validation website, validated his copy of windows separately and tried the download/installation again. Same problem.

We tried a couple of other downloads that require Validation on his machine and they worked fine.

I then tried the video screensaver download on my XP Home machine and it worked fine. After the EULA page, it went right into the install without asking me to validate Windows. The only way to get the "interrupted" message was to cancel the installation while it is running.

If the other Validation Required programs didn't work on his machine, that might point us in one direction (i.e. his Windows isn't really being validated) but so far the Video Screensaver is the only one that doesn't work.

Could it be an XP Pro vs. XP Home issue? The MS download site doesn't say anything about that.

Any other thoughts?

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January 3, 2010 at 19:21:21
Look in Control panel> add/remove programs to see if the validation is there. If so, remove it and reboot. Then try again.

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January 3, 2010 at 19:50:44
IF the Same problem occurs after reinstalling Valdation You must use original Recovery Discs to Reinstall Windows

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January 3, 2010 at 20:01:38
OTH: Thanks. I'll check my son's machine as soon as I get a chance.

Jay W: I don't think I'll be reinstalling Windows just to get a Video Screensaver running on his machine.

If that's what it going to take to fix this one installation problem, he'll do without it. Should other installation problems pop up in the future, I'll keep your suggestion in mind. Thanks!

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January 3, 2010 at 20:09:26

Just to see what you were talking about, I opened the Add/Remove Control Panel on my XP-Home machine and I don't see Validation in my list of programs, yet the Video Screensaver installation worked fine.

Do I want to find it or not find it on my son's XP-Pro machine?

Is it supposed to be in the list of programs or not?

I'm confused! :)

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January 3, 2010 at 20:13:08
Try this.

Boot into Safe mode & rename the Windows Genuine Advantage folder.

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Windows Genuine Advantage

Boot back into Windows & try again.

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January 3, 2010 at 20:32:28
It's not on my XP Pro add/remove either Derby unless I check the show updates box at the top; then it shows. Anyway, I had no trouble with the install of that dumba$$ thing.


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January 3, 2010 at 20:58:02

Even with Show Updates checked I don't see anything related to Validation on the XP-Home box.

I should be able to check my son's XP-Pro machine tomorrow.


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January 3, 2010 at 22:15:40
Make sure you have the latest Internet Explorer IE8
Make sure you are using the latest Service Pack: SP3:

Run IE Reset: MS Fixit Tool:
Also run CCleaner:

Then try again

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January 4, 2010 at 02:59:26

If it doesn't show there then it isn't being installed. "Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool" is what you are looking for.

Get it here.

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January 4, 2010 at 06:26:35
Since the problem only seems to be related to the Screensaver installation (at least at this point) I might try what I found here:

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Many ppl have problems getting the newest video screensaver for XP to
install because the installation gets interrupted by something during
validation (I will assume you're using genuine Windows XP). Just use
this simple workaround --
[1] Do a google search on "MSI extract files"
[2] Download any available tool to extract the 2 files in the
videoscreensaver.msi file (vidp.scr and ssvidp.wmv)
[3] Move/copy vidp.scr to either your windows directory or into the
system32 folder
[4] Done! Use the desktop panel to set options

Stupid validation method....

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January 5, 2010 at 08:30:23
Just an update...

I tried the solution I posted in Response 10 and it worked after a little finessing.

The extraction program I tried, Less MSIerables, extracted the files and put them in a location that the Windows Screensaver dialog box did not know about.

Once I moved the .scr file to the folder where the rest of the .scr files were, it showed up under the Screensaver drop down.

The two things I don't care for (but it's not my machine, so it's no big deal to me!) are these:

1 - You can browse to the folder containing your video, but any single video that you want to use as the screensaver has to be the only .wmv file in that folder. If there is more than one .wmv file in a folder, you can't choose which one to use. The app just loops through them all, either in order or in a random fashion, depending on which option you choose.

I'd rather see a directory listing of videos from the selected folder and be able to choose one or more instead of having to place a single video in a folder.

2 - AFAICT it only works with .wmv files, not any other type of video.

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