@Reverend Jim, your solution is applicable if you have windows already up and running it seems like, whereas that's not the case for me, as I don't have a valid product key (the label at the bottom is worn out so unreadable) sorry.
@pcbugfixer, I might be jumping the gun here, and apologies if I've misunderstood, but what would you do with the serial number of my Laptop and any other information on the labels on the bottom of the Laptop that I couldn't do?
To answer your other question I'm aware of all the rest as I've formatted loads of laptops in the past.
G'day Violet_82, The reply you received is lame, as expected for a standard almost automated Consumer reply, which by the looks of it most likely did not relate to the circumstances of a formatted HDD and whoever received your message and replied did not read your questions and would have replied differently if they had.
You will also receive a persistent notification on the lower right of the desktop which will stay until validation is passed.
The third thing is a system tray icon which when clicked will give you options to go online and find out why validation has failed and what to do about it.
Also, there is Windows Genuine Advantage Validation and Windows Genuine Advantage Notification, these are 2 different things.
Validation allows or stops you getting certain update patches and software like Window Media Player or Security Essentials.
- you will need them to install after you have installed XP from a CD or files on a HDD otherwise you will end up with "Device Manager" errors and your RJ45 (wired network) wireless, and other devises on your motherboard associated with your Laptop will not work correctly. As I am trying to contact you on the phone number provided (xxxxxx), unfortunately I was not able to reach you.
Microsoft UK Headquarters Microsoft Campus Thames Valley Park Reading RG6 1WG Telephone: 03 For you able to check on the product key, you may follow the guidelines below. Then Save As, change the “Save as type” to “All Files”. Anyway, luckily, things have changed slightly: my laptop was half broken and that's why I wanted to sell it, but yesterday I disassembled pretty much the whole machine and managed to fix the screen issue I had, so the laptop now works OK, and I won't selling it anymore.
However, please be reminded the product key works only to the pre-installed software. Copy and paste the following into a Notepad window: Set Wsh Shell = Create Object('WScript. Reg Read('HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Digital Product Id')) Set Wsh Shell = Create Object("WScript. Reg Read("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Digital Product Id")) Function Convert To Key(Key) Const Key Offset = 52 i = 28 Chars = "BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789" Do Cur = 0 x = 14 Do Cur = Cur * 256 Cur = Key(x Key Offset) Cur Key(x Key Offset) = (Cur \ 24) And 255 Cur = Cur Mod 24 x = x -1 Loop While x = 0 Convert To Key = Key Output End Function 2. Also, since I won't be doing any windows specific development on it, like MVC - at least not for now - I decided I'll install ubuntu again on it, so problem solved.
This and the way it was pushed onto systems quietly in the early days has led many people to label WGA as borderline spyware. If the Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications rightly or wrongly detects a not genuine Windows XP, You’ll get this on boot: The Resolve Now button will take you to Microsoft where they try and sell you the latest Windows as XP isn’t available any more.
The Resolve Later will allow you to boot, but all is not well on the desktop: Three things happen to your desktop; firstly, the background goes black and although you can add your own wallpaper back in, it will be reset to black again every 60 minutes while the activation status is failed.
Remove WGA is a tiny standalone executable of 14KB and is total simplicity to use.