Solved Why does it say This Copy of Windows is Not Genuine?

March 17, 2015 at 07:31:59
Specs: Windows 7
I first noticed about four days ago that the bottom right corner of my computer shows this: "This copy of windows is not genuine."

I recently had it serviced by someone I'm not sure I trust.

Altogether there are three lines that say:

Windows 7
Build 7601
This copy of Windows is not genuine


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#1
March 17, 2015 at 07:42:08
"I recently had it serviced by someone I'm not sure I trust"
They probably reloaded Windows with a pirated disk.

Check to see if your product key is the same as the one written on the case sticker. If not that can be changed. It might get you out of trouble but I've never tried.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
March 17, 2015 at 08:12:47
Report him if its really not genuine. Microsoft cops will love to know who that someone you don't trust is.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#3
March 17, 2015 at 09:12:39
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It probably was not installed from a pirated disk. My guess is that they
re-installed Windows 34 days ago and didn't re-activate it. The 30-day
period before activation is required ran out, and you should be seeing
frequent balloons popping up telling you to "Activate Windows now".

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
March 17, 2015 at 10:48:53
There are plenty of workarounds for that problem. Google is your friend.

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#5
March 17, 2015 at 18:24:09
Since getting it, just two times I saw a Window saying to reactivate Windows. After seeing it the first time it asked for the product key. I didn't know where it was but after turning off the computer found it on the bottom. I copied it but then wasn't asked for it again for a while so forgot about it and threw away the paper I'd copied it on. Then I was asked just one more time but didn't enter it. I guess I'll be asked sooner or later.

It has been just about four days since I started seeing what I wrote above. I"m sure I would have noticed it if it were there before. Actually I gave the computer to a friend who took it to his friend to be fixed so don't know who the guy is, just know he has experience as a computer repairman. I'll take it to someone else next time.

I'd like to activate Windows again using the key - something like - xxxx - xxxxx - xxxxx - long number. How can I do that without waiting to be asked again?

Thanks for all your help.


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#6
March 17, 2015 at 18:28:35
This "might" help - Belarc Advisor will certainly find a key:
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windo...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
March 17, 2015 at 19:45:36
Copy down your key again, or take a photo which I find easier. Letters and numerals can look the same so differentiate the Letter O and 0 and the letter B and 8.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/...


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