you will have to buy a xp cd and do a reinstall you should be ok.
About a year ago I bought a PC from my brother-in-law. He had provided me with a windows certificate of authenticity. A few months ago, I forget why, I looked at that certificate and I noticed that it was for Windows ME, not XP which is what my PC has installed on this. When I called to ask him about this he said "oh, I thought I told you it was a pirated version." I was really annoyed and told him I would not have bought the PC if I knew it had a pirated version of windows on it, but he sent me a product key for windows xp, and said as long as I had that key everything would be fine.
Then today, I downloaded a microsoft update, and when my computer booted up I got a message saying that I didn't have a genuine version of microsoft windows, and I couldn't get updates.
So what are the consequences about this? Can Microsoft eventually lock me out of windows? Can Microsoft prosecute me? Is my PC more liable to be "hacked?"
What can I do to fix this? I don't have money right now to buy a version of windows, but if I was going to spend that much money I think I would just get a cheap DELL.
I don't have a windows cd or system reinstall for Windows ME. I don't even know if this computer ever had Windows ME, as the PC says it was designed for Windows 2000/Windows 98.
Any advice would be appreciated!