Now Microsoft is becoming more advanced in their attack on pirated versions of Windows XP or Microsoft Office.
If your version of Windows XP is not genuine and does not pass the validation schemes, you will not be able to download security patches from Windows Update, or install the latest version of Internet Explorer 7 and other software.
For those users that do have a valid version of Windows XP, Microsoft offers some special promotions.
Any help with this problem would be greatly appreciated. I attempted to re-install the OS and activation failed with a message that the disk had been activated too many times and the number was no longer valid.
In one of the more recent operating systems, Windows 7, the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) Validation Tool is renamed to Activation Technologies.
Instead,, when using the "telephone" method for activation and going through all of Microsoft's "hoops", it finally comes back and says that it is not a valid Microsoft product (implying that it is counterfeit) and that we should return it to the retailer.
This after using it previously for two successful earlier installs.
This tool (WGA) is made up of two components: The WGA Notification is able to validate Windows XP/Vista/7 & 8 operating systems only.
The Active X Control on the other hand, is able to validate all of the above including Windows 2000.
The average home with 3 machines could spend well over ,000 for software alone !! You will end of with a lot of drive space being taken by these files, so if you run out of space . So if your system does not validate - you had better go to that site immediately and download the updates that you need - because Microsoft will almost certainly change the manual update site soon - so that it also requires Validation !!!
And that figure keeps growing, since updates are a necessary part of computing. it's yours - now you have to buy "subscriptions" to software (for example antivirus and some anti-spyware packages). The problem with the manual update site, is that it has no automatic system scan, and without the automatic scan of your PC, you will not know what updates you need, and there are so many of them !!
Attempts to get advice over the internet have provided no solutions.
Attempts to find answers on the Microsoft web site always result in just taking me to a "page" for purchasing Windows 7.
During the installation process, you may or may not be able to review the licence terms and choose whether or not to decline the update.
If you choose to decline the install, then the operating system will never ask you to install the update again.