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bargainhunter5 Avatar
7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
need help please ! i have windows xp on my computer, bought my computer a few years ago from cpc computers, this morning turn the computer on and there is a big notice saying my copy of windows isnt genuine ! now i am thinking back and i had my computer sorted for a virus about a year ago maybe more, why should this suddenly come up saying it isnt genuine ? what will happen if i ignore it ?? they are saying it is £95 to obtain a new copy can anyone help me please, is there a way round this ? i need to key a number in and obviously i havent got that.
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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You'll just get loads of nag pop-ups and won't be able to download Microsoft updates etc...

Theirs cracks that'll work on torrent sites etc..
#2
I think after 3 months it also stops you accessing windows :?

Is it just a pop up when you access the net or is it when XP Boots up?
#3
steevieboy4u
I think after 3 months it also stops you accessing windows :?

Is it just a pop up when you access the net or is it when XP Boots up?


Nope, If you don't activate your copy of windows with in 30 days it locks you out, Having a none genuine warning is totally different.
#4
shauneco;4034522
Nope, If you don't activate your copy of windows with in 30 days it locks you out, Having a none genuine warning is totally different.


Ok knew there was something like that :roll:

Just found this info:
http://www.mydigitallife.info/2006/04/26/disable-and-remove-windows-genuine-advantage-notifications-nag-screen/
#5
it was when windows xp booted up
#6
Did cpc not give you a genuine COA with the pc?
#7
Read the link i posted above and you'll be sorted ;-)
#8
well i think it happened when i had the virus and another copy of windows was put on ?
#9
If you have the XP box, there should be a CD-Key inside.
You can then pop the XP disc in and re-install windows, it will ask you for this Key, type it in and windows will over-write it self with the key in place. (you wont lose any data)

a better and quicker way is to google for a CD key changer, check the Key on your machine and see if it matches the on you have in your book. if its wrong then change it.
#10
bargainhunter5
well i think it happened when i had the virus and another copy of windows was put on ?


Most likey the virus changed your CD Key
#11
Oohhhh how about a system restore?
go back a few days :)
#12
Same thing happened to me. I think I picked it up off of a virus...I just reformatted. Your maybe thinking, "not the best option" but it does sort it, and gives you that "new computer feel,mmmm" that we all love!
Download Belarc Advisor, and print off your puter's info. It will also tell you your product key.
Put in your copy of Windows. If you don't have a copy, grab a copy from the internet, which you are allowed to do, and use, as long as you have a valid key, which you should have. If not, let me know
:thumbsup:
#13
If you gave the product key (located somewhere on the pc) to someone else to install windows and they have activated it - then it will have automatically un-activated your copy. Only one install of windows can be activated with the same product key at one time (unless it's the corporate version).

One possibility.
#14
thanks everyone
#15
are you using avg ...an updated avg is seeing antiwpa as a "potential harmful program HackTool.GEC "and deleting it( are using a cracked copy?)
#16
no dont use avg and all the above mentioned i still cant get it to work
#17
is there no computer experts that can just give me a code/key to type in lol
#18
You can get software that allows you to change your XP product key.

If you say that a 'new' version of XP was installed after a virus did you use your old key or the one belonging to the new version?

On the back of the PC you may find an XP sticker or on the case of the original XP disc the system came with.

Use this to put the original product key on the system.

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/productkeysactivation/ss/mjbkeyfindersbs.htm guide to the software.
#19
thanks ungreat x
#20
There really should be a sticker on the case as ungreat says - its not likely that CPC sold a computer without an XP license but when you had the virus 'repaired' a hacked version of XP may have been installed over the one CPC originally supplied...
#21
jah128
There really should be a sticker on the case as ungreat says - its not likely that CPC sold a computer without an XP license but when you had the virus 'repaired' a hacked version of XP may have been installed over the one CPC originally supplied...


thats exactly what i think has happened so how can i resolve that easily as i havent a clue about computers as you can tell
#22
Hi
Did you download " Belarc Advisor " ? This will tell you your product key, as it stands just now. Then if you have a disk, take note of the key, insert disk, type in key, sorted :whistling:
#23
bargainhunter5
thats exactly what i think has happened so how can i resolve that easily as i havent a clue about computers as you can tell


I'll tell you a secret.

90% of so called 'computer experts' don't know much either, but know how to work Google. ;-)
#24
Ungreat
I'll tell you a secret.

90% of so called 'computer experts' don't know much either, but know how to work Google. ;-)


+1:thumbsup:
#25
The best way to resolve this would be to install a Genuine version of XP over the top of your current installation. You could try to change the product and activation key but, you will probably run into a lot of virus's trying to download a program that will allow you to do it.

Either way you will need a valid Key and ideally a genuine XP install CD. One of the problems is that not all of the XP CD's are the say and they will each only allow different Genuine keys to activate it.

As you have had a version of windows install that Microsoft has identified as being not Genuine the reason for this is that they have probably detected a lot of computers connecting into them for updates, and if it is not a corporate version it then implies that the key has been made available via the internet and they then turn it off when your computer download the Windows Genuine installation package each month with the security updates.

Do you have a CD with a product key or a sticker anywhere on your PC case, perhaps under it.

Even if people were to provide you with keys it will not necessarily work with your version of windows, because of the many different versions and recuts of the same CD with different product codes for each. You then have various versions of these also for different vendors and they could have their own product keys.

Sorry to be not that helpful but unless you have a CD and Key. Or unless you want to try to download a Product Key changer and identify a suitable key to change it to then you may be stuck. If you are lucky you may be able to download a utility that overwrites the error being reported on bootup, but it will probably come back within a few month.

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