How to Fix a Windows XP Genuine Validation

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How to Fix a Windows XP Genuine Validation
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Windows XP Genuine Advantage is a validation program that Microsoft uses as an anti-piracy measure. The program checks your Windows product key to confirm it has a valid product key. The Windows product key is a unique number that identifies your copy of Windows XP. Activation is required to get certain Windows updates and have complete operating system functionality after the operating system has been installed for 30 days. You may encounter errors that need to be fixed before you can properly validate your operating system.

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  1. 1

    Navigate to Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage site (see Resources) with Internet Explorer.

  2. 2

    Click the "Start Diagnostics" button to fix any configuration issues your computer may be encountering with Windows Genuine Advantage.

  3. 3

    Click "Run" to run the diagnostic tool.

  4. 4

    Click "Continue" to allow the diagnostic tool to scan your computer.

  5. 5

    Click "Resolve" if the Windows Genuine Advantage validation tool reports errors it can fix. Windows Genuine Advantage diagnostic tool may provide detailed instructions for configuration and troubleshooting it cannot automatically fix through the software. These solutions involve changing settings on certain aspects of Windows and Internet Explorer or editing the registry. Follow the instructions provided exactly, especially if you are doing registry edits.

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