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When you try to use Windows Genuine Advantage in Microsoft Windows XP, you receive error messages. This article contains step-by-step instructions that you can use to try to resolve this problem and to use the Windows Genuine Advantage validation process.
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When you try to use Windows Genuine Advantage validation on a Windows XP-based computer, the validation process is unsuccessful. Additionally, you receive one or more of the following error messages:
Error message 1
Error message 2
Product Key Inaccessible
This problem occurs if you do not have the correct permissions to run Windows Genuine Advantage. To resolve this problem, follow these steps.
Step 1: Restart in safe mode
Step 2: Adjust Windows Genuine Advantage permissions for users
Step 3: Try Windows Genuine Advantage validation againFor more information about Windows Genuine Advantage and to start the Windows Genuine Advantage validation process, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
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