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Your screen probably is dark and has the Windows Genuine Advantage message. You may need to reinstall a genuine windows software to resolve this, but in the mean time you can remove windows genuine advantage message by installing RemoveWGA 1.2. Go to this site http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/Uninstallers/RemoveWGA.shtml to download it. Install it and you will have your computer running well again.
Did you just purchase the computer, and it had Windows XP Professional "pre-installed"?
If so, the store that sold you the computer may have used a "counterfeit" copy of Windows, rather than using a "genuine" copy of Windows (which only cost them about $100).
Or, did you recently take the computer to a computer-store, for repair (such as after having a computer-virus), and did they reinstall Windows, again using "counterfeit" software?
Or, did a "friend" install Windows XP, using "counterfeit" software?
Incase you are a victim of counterfeit product of Microsoft then :-
Purchase a valid Windows XP cd-key online from Microsoft.
If you can produce high-quality counterfeit media, along with a proof of purchase, you can get a free replacement key from Microsoft.
Contact your reseller for redress.
Purchase Windows XP from a local OEM reseller.
Purchase Windows XP at a retail location.
Notice the word "Purchase" appears in three of those five options. There's almost no way to finagle a free cd-key out of this.
Counterfeit software can come from a number of sources. It's important to use a reputable reseller when purchasing software or PCs that come with software. And, now the good part :- Microsoft also offers several options to help victims of counterfeit software obtain a legal copy of Windows, including a complimentary offer for victims who were deceived into buying highy quality counterfeit copies
To help customers who unknowingly purchased a counterfeit version of Windows XP, Microsoft has created two genuine Windows offers for those who qualify:
Complimentary offer: Microsoft will make a complimentary copy of Windows XP available to customers who have been sold counterfeit Windows. Customers will be required to submit a proof of purchase, the counterfeit CD, and a counterfeit report with details of their purchase. Only high-quality counterfeit Windows will qualify for the complimentary offer.
Electronic License Key Offer: Microsoft will offer an alternative for customers who find out via the WGA validation process that they are not running genuine Windows, but do not qualify for, or choose not to take advantage of, the complimentary offer. These customers will be able to license a Windows Genuine Advantage Kit for Windows XP directly from Microsoft for a special on-line purchase price. The Windows Genuine Advantage Kit for Windows XP will include a new 25-character Product Key and a Windows Product Key Update tool that will allow customers to convert their counterfeit copy to genuine Windows XP electronically.
Contact Microsoft. They will often provide discounted licences to people that demonstrate that they have paid for counterfeit software. If you can show them a receipt indicating that you paid money in good faith, they will licence your illegal copy for their lowest current fee. I think it is around $90 now, for a programme that usually costs $240. Good deal to get all the benefits of a legal copy.
Contact Microsoft. They will often provide discounted licences to
people that demonstrate that they have paid for counterfeit software.
If you can show them a receipt indicating that you paid money in good
faith, they will licence your illegal copy for their lowest current fee.
I think it is around $90 now, for a programme that usually costs $240.
Good deal to get all the benefits of a legal copy.
You purchase a counterfeit copy? Go to the vendor and ask for your $ back. Get his or her name and business particulars, his or her license plate number and turn them in to Microsoft. Call your State Attorney General and file a complaint. Contact your newspaper and tell them your experience. Contact your BBB and file a complaint.
You made a counterfeit copy ... run for the hills, Microsoft will find you.
You can remove the bad software and purchase a genuine copy. I believe Microsoft has a program that will make you whole, though with a little less $ in your pocket. Go to the site and search 'counterfeit'.
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