I'm just wondering if anyone has run into this: A machine I built started showing the banner "This copy of windows is not genuine. You may be a victim of software counterfeiting." Then the machine asks you to get genuine software or resolve the issue later once you try to log in. This machine has Windows XP Home Edition SP2 and is 100% genuine. I went to http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/diag/
and ran their diagnostics. It seems that on every machine you try this dialog on, you must change some security settings in IE for the "ActiveX controls connect with Microsoft validation servers" test to pass. Once that setting is changed (they tell you to change it back once you've completed the test), all the tests pass and the machine shows as "Validation Complete!" But even after going through all this BS, the annoying banner warning is still there on the Welcome Screen. I called Microsoft to report a bug and they at first wanted $35 from me so I can help them fix their software. I told the operator that was rediculous even if they do refund my money if it is indeed a bug. Anyway, they gave me a case and told me a support rep would email me tomorrow. Anyone else been through this? Ideas?