Windows XP validation? 27 replies

Please wait...

Shintsu

For the glory of Helghan

50 XP

9th April 2005

0 Uploads

12,926 Posts

0 Threads

#1 10 years ago

Somehow I turned off automatic updates so when I ran windows update today it asked for the serial key. The thing is, I bought this computer from some one else so I don't have any key. I just hit cancel since I didn't have anything to put in. I know Microsoft has gone crazy with all the genuine advantange stuff so is there a way I can just buy a key (No hacked ones or anything like that, I only want legal stuff)? I really don't wanna go out and spend $200+ or so for XP Pro after I already have it on my computer.




RadioactiveLobster Forum Admin

Jeff is a mean boss

565,402 XP

28th July 2002

0 Uploads

53,121 Posts

1,330 Threads

#2 10 years ago

Usually windows will download a little program that will validate your copy, not ask you for the serial


If there is no image, Mikey broke something...



Chocu1a

Feel my heat, Heavens on fire.

45,365 XP

3rd August 2005

0 Uploads

4,209 Posts

0 Threads

#3 10 years ago

I have had that exact problem. It has to do with the WGA. It gave me a message that my copy of XP pro was invalid, thing is, I have XP home...& it locked me out. You might have to call microsoft & explain to them the situation. I just reinstalled my os(it was due for a format).




ConstanceJill

Huh yeah, whatever ^^

38,763 XP

6th December 2006

0 Uploads

3,246 Posts

1 Threads

#4 10 years ago
Shintsu;4362857[...] The thing is, I bought this computer from some one else so I don't have any key.[...]

Well that's a problem :/ You don't know what that other person may have done with the license, you can't even be sure he had a legit one when he installed the OS ...




NCC1717

Dread thinks I'm a special person

50 XP

3rd May 2006

0 Uploads

943 Posts

0 Threads

#5 10 years ago

is there not a sticker on the side of the case with a code on it?




Shintsu

For the glory of Helghan

50 XP

9th April 2005

0 Uploads

12,926 Posts

0 Threads

#6 10 years ago
NCC1717;4362975is there not a sticker on the side of the case with a code on it?

No, there isn't.




Sgt. D. Pilla

Uber Geek

50 XP

23rd October 2007

0 Uploads

3,473 Posts

0 Threads

#7 10 years ago

Dude, click... Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools> In there is there "Activate Windows" or similar? No there won't be, hence its not Microsoft asking you for your Serial...

Going by Microsofts Privacy Policy, they never ask for your serial number, I suggest contacting them to verify it, and to see what they suggest you do in the odd situation they are asking for the serial




Shintsu

For the glory of Helghan

50 XP

9th April 2005

0 Uploads

12,926 Posts

0 Threads

#8 10 years ago

I'm talking about the CD key or whatever they call it. I thought they always called those serial keys




Oblivious

I tawt I taw a puddy tat...

50 XP

30th December 2002

0 Uploads

2,806 Posts

0 Threads

#9 10 years ago
Shintsu;4363480I'm talking about the CD key or whatever they call it. I thought they always called those serial keys

Same thing.

Windows shouldn't ask for the key after the OS has been activated, it will just occasionally ask for WGA validation. You can check if your windows is "activated" by entering the Control Panel (Classic View), click on System, and look under the General tab at "Activation". Though, even if activated, this still doesn't mean it's a legal version. As ConstanceJill mentioned, it's a crapshoot when you buy a used PC as to whether it has a legal OS on it.

As I recall, when I install XP, it asks for the key during installation, not afterwards. It's possible not all versions/disks are the same though, and you are currently in a 30 day unactivated trial period. It may ask for the key to fully activate the product. Anyone confirm?




Shintsu

For the glory of Helghan

50 XP

9th April 2005

0 Uploads

12,926 Posts

0 Threads

#10 10 years ago

That's why I'm afraid to put the genuine advantage tool on my computer. I read somewhere that if your version was bootlegged that it would shut off so to speak and keep you from using your PC. Since I have no way of telling I don't want to risk losing my computer if it isn't legal.