WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) is an anti-piracy system developed by Microsoft to verify that the copy of the Windows operating system installed on the user's computer is genuine.

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Genuine Windows Validation Tool will not run

I am trying to download XP mode, but when I run the WGA tool provided by the download link, it says the tool itself is out of date. This version of the Windows Genuine Advantage validation tool is no ...
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How can I resolve a non-genuine version of Windows XP without a complete reinstall?

My situation I have a legal Windows XP Installation disk I don't want to reinstall I am trying to do the right thing by letting an acquaintance use a legitimate version of Windows XP instead of ...
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Can I “deactivate” a Windows copy?

I have (correctly licensed) retail Windows copy installed on my hard drive. I wish now to devote the entire hard drive to my Fedora installation and keep just a Windows 7 virtual machine (since my ...
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How do I find out which product key was used to activate Windows?

I have several retail copies of Windows 7. Normally I make a note of which product key was used to activate which PC. Unfortunately, I slipped up. I've just reinstalled Windows 7 on a PC, and I'd ...
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Removing a bogus “not genuine” message from XP

I built a VM with an unused XP license I have using an unattend.txt process. Is there a way to remove the warning message saying my install may not be genuine, and I need to "Get Genuine" from MS?
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If I don't have WGA installed and install XP SP3 will it install WGA?

I have an SP2 XP with no WGA. If I install a manually downloaded (from MS) SP3 will it force WGA on me?
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Does Microsoft Security Essentials Shut Down Illegal Copies of Windows 7? [closed]

Well, this is a theoretical question of course. I got this from the installation agreement: a. The software may cause the operating system software to conduct validation checks of your operating ...
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Ms Office “Not genuine” anymore, after motherboard replacement

The motherboard of my laptop recently gave the ghost and since the laptop was still under warranty, the manufacturer replaced it for free and all seemed well, except that my copy of Ms Office gives me ...