Warning message when you start a Windows XP-based computer: “This version of Windows XP is currently not safe”

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This article describes the following warning message that is displayed when a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer starts:
Windows Genuine Advantage
This version of Windows XP is no longer secure.

To continue receiving the latest security updates, click here to upgrade to the most current Windows XP Service Pack.

Get Service Pack 2
More information
The message that is mentioned in the "Introduction" section appears when you start a Windows XP-based computer that has not been updated to the latest service pack. The latest service pack includes enhancements and better protection against viruses, worms, and malicious users.

When this message appears, click here in the message to upgrade to the most current Windows XP service pack, or click Get Service Pack 2 in the message to visit the following Microsoft Web site: For more information about how to install Windows XP Service Pack 2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
875364 Detailed installation walkthrough for Windows XP Service Pack 2
For more information about Windows Genuine Advantage, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
892130 Description of Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA)
905474 Description of the Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications application
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Article ID: 933274 - Last Review: 01/16/2015 09:41:19 - Revision: 1.0

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