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.Follow the steps below to fix this issue or click on the link above for the Microsoft article concerning this problem. Click Start, click Run, type the following in the Run dialog box, and then click OK: %systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Windows Genuine Advantage.
Customers can submit a proof of purchase, the original counterfeit CD, and fill out a report with the details of the purchase and Microsoft will give the customer a complimentary copy of Windows XP.Microsoft is offering the Windows XP Home Edition license kit for .00 to customers, while the XP Pro Edition is 9.00.The Windows Genuine Advantage Kit for Windows XP will include a new 25-character Product Key and a Windows Product Key Update tool that will allow customers to convert their counterfeit copy to genuine Windows XP electronically.WGA Notifications covers Windows XP and later, with the exception of Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
The Active X control checks Windows 2000 Professional licenses as well.
They are including a Windows Genuine Advantage security patch in the updates of Windows XP.