Solved Why does it say This copy of Windows 7 is not genuine

August 2, 2015 at 09:53:15
Specs: Windows 7
Lately when my computer starts up in the left hand upper corner it says "Serial number not detected", today it now says in the right lower corner on desktop "Windows 7, Build 7601, This copy of Windows is not genuine." How can I fix this???

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August 2, 2015 at 11:33:41
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If you're seeing notifications that the copy of Windows that is installed on your PC might not be genuine, or that you might be a victim of counterfeit software, it's likely that your copy of Windows was not properly activated or is otherwise not genuine. To fix this, click the notification and follow the steps to either repair Windows or—if you have inadvertently obtained counterfeit software—buy genuine Windows.

Until you correct the issue, you'll receive periodic reminders that Windows is not genuine. In addition, to more clearly display these messages, your desktop might turn black. You can reset it, but every 60 minutes, it will return to black until the issue is resolved.

Regardless of genuine status, Windows will still be able to get critical security updates. However, access to optional updates or benefits available exclusively to genuine Windows customers, such as Microsoft Security Essentials, might be restricted.

2. If your Windows 7 displays "Windows is not Genuine" with an error code of 0x80070005, click on the link below for more info.


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August 2, 2015 at 13:06:05
You either have a pirated copy of Windows & your activation workaround was discovered & disabled (probably by a Windows Update), or you picked up a virus or malware that disabled the legal activation. There's no way we can tell which one is the cause of your problem.

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August 2, 2015 at 20:52:52
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If you suspect it was malware that caused the issue, try a system restore to a date before you ever saw any of these notifications and when it is done, run Malwarebytes and post back the log for review here. To find early restore dates there is a check box that says something like 'Show More Restore Points' when you start the system restore feature.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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August 5, 2015 at 04:36:48
Did you "buy" a license from Microsoft? Or from another (online) shop?

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August 5, 2015 at 18:58:00
No I did nothing. I had my computer professionally cleaned 3 months ago (No memory left) He did nothing to my Windows, just Deleted my virus protector and added a different one.

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August 5, 2015 at 18:59:11
This is the same version of Windows that was installed in 2007. No updates have been made.

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