Windows XP forum: Help, I need to make my Windows XP system legit again

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) February 13, 2009 10:47 AM PST

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Help, I need to make my Windows XP system legit again

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 2/13/09 10:47 AM

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Help, I need to make my Windows XP system legit again

I purchased a PC about 1 year ago from a guy off of Craigslist, and he did not tell me that the Windows XP version he loaded on the computer was not legal. Currently I cannot receive plug-ins, updates, and many other things do not work properly now.

Is there any recourse on this, as I would like make my system legitimate? What are my options? Can I buy a legal version of XP and have it installed, or purchase Vista and install it? Whats involved if I install a legit version of Windows, are particular process? I have 2GB of RAM on this machine. Also, if I buy the XP software to install, does it have to be the same as the existing version on the computer? The version I have is XP Pro and I have no disk. Thanks!

--Submitted by Gary H.

Here are some featured member answers to get you started, but
please read up on all the advice and suggestions that our
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Options to obtain a legal Windows licence --Submitted by kaveets
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=330197&messageID=2979084#2979084

Welcome to the wonderful world of piracy.... --Submitted by Watzman
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=330197&messageID=2978901#2978901

Illegitimate XP system --Submitted by Zouch
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=330197&messageID=2978951#2978951

Windows XP NOT GENUINE --Submitted by waytron
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=330197&messageID=2979132#2979132

The right solution is the ONLY solution --Submitted by bobusingbol
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=330197&messageID=2979067#2979067

If you have any additional solution or recommendations for Gary, click on the reply link and submit your answer. Please be as detailed as possible when providing your answer. Oh and please keep the answers legal... Thanks!

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