JSI Tip 10351. You cannot download WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) updates on an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) version of Windows XP?

You cannot download  WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage)  updates on a Windows XP computer that you purchased from an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer).

To workaround this behavior:

1. Start / My Computer.

2. Use the Help menu and press Is this copy of Windows legal?

3. Use one or both of the methods on the Genuine Microsoft Software | How to Tell Web page to validate your copy of Windows.

4. Once you have successfully validated your copy of Windows, you can download WGA updates.

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