My windows XP failed validation with the genuine advantage. The store owner where I purchased it seemed completely disinterested in helping me (other than trying to extract a substantial bit of money up front with no promise of actually resolving this issue). He tried to blame software that I installed (without even asking what I had installed), then after I countered that I didn't think that software was the issue, he turned his attention to a virus. His operation seems ligit enough in that he has an address and has been there for a few years.
My questions are:
1. Are any of his proposed causes legitimate in your experience?
2. If left unresolved, what are likely effects on my system
3. Does anyone have any experience with the way microsoft will respond to this? I don't want to pay (again?) for a license since I already bought this system in good faith.
Note - I am not asking for help bypassing this issue as you indicated was not an option in another thread. I am just looking for your experience with how this situation plays out for people in my shoes.
Thank you in advance for your help