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I have an e machines e tower model 633ids. It came with Windows ME (it's 7 years old but works fine). A few years after I bought my pc I upgraded it to XP home version. I used a windows XP disc for the upgrade. Recently my PC has been so slow I decided to do a full system recovery using the two discs that came with my pc. I re-installed Windows XP, and everything has been fine, my pc has been running like new. Beginning a week ago, I started my pc in the morning as usual and I received a Windows "pop up" message pop up saying I have to enter a new validation key in order to continue using windows. Each day afterwards, I get the same message only it is counting down to day one. I tried typing in the validation key (numbers and letters) that came with the XP disc, but the windows message comes up saying it is not a valid key, and I must call a windows toll free number and get a new key. I'm afraid to call the number for fear this is a hoax ,or some kind of identity theft scheme. Can anyone PLEASE help me out on this? If it is legit, I have until tomorrow (Jan. 28th) and according to that message I won't be able to log onto windows after that. I can't understand why I would have to get another validation key since this is My Windows XP Disc. I need some help and some advice on what I should do and if that message is correct than I need help fast, or I'll lose windows in about 7 hours from now. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. :)
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It is legit. Things happen.
Call the number and explain to them what has happened. They will be more than happy to help.
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