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Microsoft WGA tool denies Windows Update to work while used on a clone hdd

Hi,

I need a workaroud to bypass the WGA control while running Windows Update on XPSP2. Actually we only use IBM desktop systems that come with their own genuine XPSP2 preinstalled, but then we apply on them a standard ghost image to avoid installing all the applications every time. Couple of questions:
1) how to bypass the WGA tool check; or
2) how to re-serialize the XP Pro SP2 using the original SN# provided in the sticker glued to the computer case.

Thanks for any help you may provide.
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edpteddy
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r-kCommented:
Not sure if this applies, but take a look here:

 http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=328874
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phototropicCommented:
Microsoft have gone to a lot of trouble to make it difficult for you to bypass their Genuine Advantage Tool!!!
The internet is full of hacks and fixes, but the jury is still out as to whether any of these actually do the job.
Given that you have a legitimate problem with the WGA tool, why not simply contact Microsoft and ask their advice. You've paid them a lot of money for their operating system software...the least they can do is explain how to make it work efficiently.
In my experience of this issue so far, the only sure remedy is to perform a system restore to a point before the WGA tool was downloaded, and then disable the "automatically download and install" option in Automatic Updates.
At the end of the day, Microsoft want maximum profits and zero piracy and to this end they appear to be willing to inconvenience and disadvantage large numbers of end-users who have paid in full. This does not seem to be a good or useful way forward.
Talk to Microsoft. The have a moral responsibility towards you as an end-user.
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phototropicCommented:
ps...
This tool automates the process of changing the product key if you have a large number of machines to fix, should you choose to go this route:

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download2745.html

Good luck!
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edpteddyAuthor Commented:
Great link, I finally decided to go this way.  

I run xppid just after the ghost image to put the right SN#; easy to use, fast and it seems to work fine so far!

Thanks.
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phototropicCommented:
Glad it works for you.
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