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What to do about counterfeit Windows warning

I have a Dell computer that has just started waring me that Windows XP may be counterfeit, the operating system was pre-installed on the PC by Dell. Can I just ignore/disable the warning, or should I contact Dell?

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Guest [Entry]

"After running every free anti-virus, anti-malware, and anti-spyware utilities I could find (without finding any issues), I decided the XP install was tired and old anyway so I reinstalled a fresh copy.

Not sure what caused the issue, but a reinstall seems to have fixed it."
Guest [Entry]

"First of all, you should NOT ignore this warning. It might seem ok now but Windows will eventually get tired and not let you log in anymore.

Most times when you get that warning it's actually because you have a pirated license installed on your computer without your knowledge. Other times it can be a software or hardware failure.

Step 1: Verify if you have a legit copy. Click start, right click on my computer and select propterties. In the middle of the window you have a long number in the format xxxxx-xxx-xxxxxxx-xxxxx. If you have your original Dell license installed the second group should say OEM. If you have a pirated license(possibly corporate license) installed then it will be in the range of 640-649.

If you have a pirated license installed you need to re-install Windows.

If it says OEM above it's a software or hardware failure and you should contact Dell about it. Most likely you will have to re-install Windows to resolve it."
Guest [Entry]

"After running every free anti-virus, anti-malware, and anti-spyware utilities I could find (without finding any issues), I decided the XP install was tired and old anyway so I reinstalled a fresh copy.

Not sure what caused the issue, but a reinstall seems to have fixed it."
Guest [Entry]

"I saw this in our corporate environment. The copy was obviously legal and had been working. The problem was corruption.
Like you eventually discovered, a reinstall fixed it."