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    microsoft warning (what does this mean)

    When I open my computer I keep getting a message saying I have been a victim of buying ungenuine software. Can I get rid of this message? It comes on even before I connect to internet,

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    Re: microsoft warning (what does this mean)

    A search in the Lounge for WGA may yield some clues.

    Is the message saying your version of XP is not genuine, or is it other software?
    And are you saying it is?

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    Re: microsoft warning (what does this mean)

    I do not know if it is genuine or not my husband bought it all. If it is not should i be worried

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    Re: microsoft warning (what does this mean)

    Should you be worried? I guess that will depend on your conscience <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    It sounds to me like Microsoft has detected that software on your pc is not 'genuine'. You can read all about Genuine Microsft Software here.

    From that link:
    <hr>WGA Notifications is an anti-piracy program launched by Microsoft in major markets around the world as part of the Microsoft Genuine Software Initiative, a continuing effort to combat counterfeit software and create a better Windows experience for users of genuine Microsoft software.

    Customers who are using an unlicensed or non-genuine copy of Windows XP will receive a message during logon that their copy of Windows appears to be counterfeit and will be directed to the WGA Web site to learn more. Users who choose not to obtain a copy of genuine Windows will receive periodic reminders.

    Regardless of genuine status, users will not be denied access to critical security updates. Users who cannot validate their copy of Windows as genuine, however, will not be able to install many updates, including Internet Explorer 7.0 and Windows Defender. Microsoft strongly recommends that users of non-genuine systems take action immediately to correct any problems.<hr>
    I suspect we are nearing the point where users of counterfeit software will be unable to get any updates and will become extremely vulnerable to security issues.

    I would check with your husband regarding the provenance of the software in question. If it is legal, I would get onto Microsoft right away and complain. If it's not, you are on your own, I'm afraid.

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