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Turn a counterfeit copy of Windows XP into a free Vista license!

April 29th, 2006 by Dennis Fraederich [MCP]

Perhaps you have bought a license of Windows XP Home, Pro or Media Centerd Edition 2005 from your local dealer and afterwards it turned into a counterfeit while trying to validate it through WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) program.

And now you may think what can you do? You tried to buy a genuine license and got a imitation copy. Here is your chance. After it failed to validate it you’ll see an online shop on the WGA program website where you can buy a genuine license of Windows XP Home, Pro or Media Center Edition 2005. OK that isn’t very special but here is you real deal! You will get a copy of Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium or Business for free when it’s available in january of 2007.

Here are the choices you have:

  • Buy Windows XP Home and get Windows Vista Home Basic for free, price is 109€
  • Buy Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and get Windows Vista Home Premium for free, price is 139€
  • Or buy Windows XP Pro and get Windows Vista Business for free, price is 169€

The offer is available only when validation through WGA failed AND you purchase at this online shop! Offer is available until 06.30.2006!

Source: Windows Genuine Advantage

Posted in Windows Vista, Windows XP | 25 Comments »

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25 Responses

  1. ultimate not service? Says:

    ultimate not service?

  2. Dennis Says:

    There are no offers for Windows Vista Ultimate. Maybe it’s only available through OEM partners, and not available as retail package.

  3. ultimate not service? Says:

    as remarked above vista price & the future vista price plus or minus ?
    ^^&I don’ speak English very well.

  4. Dennis Says:

    The prices in my article mean that you i.e. pay 109€ for WindowsXP Home and when Vista is available next year you will receive a free license of Windows Vista Home Basic. You don’t have to pay for it.

  5. ultimate not service? Says:

    thank dannis. It purchases still to, it is a time prematureness and tus formal come into the market transfer neither the price is clear still it does not to be,

  6. Andre Da Costa Says:

    This is because Ultimate is a new product edition that never existed in the Windows XP product, thats why there is no corresponding upgrade path available through WGA.

  7. Patrick S Says:

    Wicked Post Dennis…that would so prompt me to get Vista if i had a copyed version of XP and no vista currently

  8. Chrono Tron >> World Wide Weblog » Blog Archive » Convert Fake XP to Genuine, get Free Vista! Says:

    […] Thanks MSBlog! […]

  9. asdf Says:

    Can someone please help? I dont see this offer anywhere when going through the geniune advantage site. This is the only option for online purchase I get.

    Buy a genuine product key online

    Once you have completed the purchase process you will receive the Windows Genuine Advantage kit. The Windows Genuine Advantage Kit helps customers who received counterfeit copies of Windows convert their system to genuine Windows. The kit includes:

    An e-mail that includes a new product key and a link to an online conversion tool (please allow up to 48 hours for payment processing). The conversion tool will scan your system and try to convert your counterfeit copy of Windows to a genuine copy. Learn more about the scan.

    A Windows XP CD you can use if you need to reinstall Windows XP (please allow 2-4 weeks for shipping).

  10. FSRM Says:

    Perhaps the offer is only open to certian countries like America!

  11. Topazali Says:

    Have a look here:-

    A bit puzzling!!

  12. Update/Proof: Turn a counterfeit copy of Windows XP into a free Vista license! » MSBLOG Says:

    […] Some of you (and Microsoft US of course too!) didn’t believe in us when we wrote five days ago ( about an offer from Microsoft to purchase a genuine WindowsXP Home or Pro copy and you’ll get Vista for free. Here is a proof so you can be sure that you always get valid information from […]

  13. Jabez Gan [MVP] Says:


    Check the latest post made by Phil in the link

  14. ab Says:

    this offer only good in germany

  15. Matbon Says:


  16. Volkan Says:

    News Source:

  17. sachin Says:

    i required windowsxp Vista edition product key.

  18. Patrick S Says:


  19. betty Says:

    thanks for having this here

  20. Mary Says:

    I would like a free copy of widows xp pro product key that is good.

  21. ME Says:

    Need A valid key

  22. kk Says:

    yea need a free wga

  23. anowar Says:


  24. Nazzer Says:

    for gods sake doesnt no-one know where i can swap a counterfeit product key for a genuine one……FOR FREE

  25. mark Says:

    That’s a good deal, but people wouldn’t want to do it.