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Microsoft Windows XP / verification procedure

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Dear Sirs, you astonish me! Here I am a Dutchman, working in Egypt. I have a laptop from the UK with a valid XP installation CD. So the laptop has problems, I reinstall XP and try to validate this over the internet in Egypt. Your message is: sorry we cannot validate your copy of XP over the internet. Ok, no problem, you suggest phoning, so I do. The phone numbers you give me are for a taxi company in Cairo not microsoft. So basically I am stuck. The only solution I had was to copy an illegal version of XP pro over the legal XP home version which worked. But microsoft what is going on? A company with your size and reputation, you are forcing me to go illegal? I cannot believe this. If you don't believe me check it out yourselves! Pim (pimmaaike@yahoo.com)

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