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Windows Authentication?

I recently had a problem with my SBS 2003 Domain Controller and had to reinstall the software. After I uninstalled the domain controller, my client computers all got this same message when they log in: "This copy of windows is not genuine. You may be a victim of software counterfeiting."

They can still log on and seem to have no restrictions due to it, but, obviously its a problem, as im the one who purchased the Windows XP professional licenses.

They are OEM licenses.

Anyone have any idea why this happens or how I can get rid of it?

Thanks
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ZadkinCommented:
Maybe the SBS reinstall indirectly trigered it,  but it is a pure workstation problem.   It is just Windows Genuine Advantage see http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/jul05/07-25WGA1PR.mspx
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
They are OEM licenses??  And you bought just the licenses??  What kind of machines are they?  Did you build them yourself?

Jeff
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jkowan11Author Commented:
Yes they are OEM licenses, the machines were old dells, I upgraded the hard drives and RAM and bought OEM XP Pro packages online. Now I used a keyfinder program to check that they all had different keys, thinking i accidentaly entered one twice and forgot to enter another, and they do all have different keys. So I used the keyfinder and switched the keys around a bit, and now only one of them still has the problem... its really weird.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Then you bought licenses that are not valid for your machines and you need to buy new licenses.  OEM licenses may only be sold with the original machine and cannot be used to upgrade.  Dell has their own proprietary OEM version so XP knows it's on a Dell and shouldn't be.

It's not weird... it's the law, and Microsoft has finally decided to enforce it. Your switching will work for awhile and then you'll get the errors again.  I think you should probably get legal.

Jeff
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jkowan11Author Commented:
Gotcha, I was under the impression you could use OEM licensing if you were doing major work to the computers, as in, not just upgrading the OS or something like that. They are offering a genuine upgrade for $149 directly through microsoft so ill take that deal then.

Thanks for your help guys
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
No prob... here's everything you wanted to know about OEM licensing >  http://www.mssmallbiz.com/questions/OEM.aspx

Jeff
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