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WinXPpro - sold volume license software instead of OEM

By artjamz2 ·
I have been building my own computers for about 6 years now. Aout 2 years ago, I bought a few copies of Windows XP Pro for the 4 motherboards & other parts of 4 pc's I had bought over time to build four computers. I bought all 4 at different online stores at different times and I ordered all OEM software. THey sat in their boxes until I was ready to use them. In the meantime, my house got destroyed by Hurricanes Jeanne and Willma, in 2004 and 2005. A lot of things were thrown out and condensed into new boxes that weren't wet. When I installed them all about 11 months ago, I noticed that one of the CD's was a volume license software and not an OEM. By then, I didn't know who I bought that one from or even who the four stores were because of hurricane destroyed paperwork and computers and the fact that i always shop around for the best deal and use way more than 4 stores that sell software. Anyway, the volume license version activated ok and I had no problem for almost a year until I just received a Not a Genuine Microsoft warning the other day on the pc that has the volume license operating system on it.
My question is: What can I do to fix the situation? I really don't want to pay $130.00 for another OEM OS when I already paid $120.00 for this one which wound up being a volume licens edition instead of an OEM edition. Unfortunately, all of my receipts have been destroyed and I'm not sure which store I got it from. Can anyone help?

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Bad News

by jake In reply to WinXPpro - sold volume li ...

The bad news is it would be far to late to try to do a return or anything of that nature anyway. The volume license that you got would have actually been an upgrade license. The would have to be at least 5 computers that have this and you do need to get a full license for each of them or risk piracy issues.


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WGA workaround

by encognitoe In reply to WinXPpro - sold volume li ...

Try downloading and using Hijack This, run a scan and disable any mention of windows genuine advantage. Be careful as you can disable critical processes as well, but as long as you only disable WGA processes you should be ok. It's a pretty powerful little tool. here is the link:

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