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    This copy of windows is not genuine? +rep

    i got my answer thanks (:
    Last edited by simmie; 05-24-2013 at 04:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simmie View Post
    I have a laptop I bought back in 2010 (a refurb, a compaq something.)
    I never had this before,and my computer runs perfectly.

    then this random thing at the bottom says my windows in not genuine.
    should I just leave it or something

    +rep for gud answers yes
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...lp/genuine/faq

    "I see messages that Windows might not be genuine. How do I fix this?
    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."

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    What ver of Windows?

    And Windows never been re-installed; you used it as is from the day you got it (from a legit source?)?

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    But like I just got it today
    and i've had this computer for 3 years
    so suddenly it's not valid anymore? o__o


    + i restarted it and it's gone but what if it comes back again

    oh and it's a windows 7 @Mod
    I never re-installed it. My computer never had a virus, nothing ever happened to it.

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    You're fine.

    Unless you buy your laptops from some sketch place.

    No need to worry, pal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smookie View Post
    You're fine.

    Unless you buy your laptops from some sketch place.

    No need to worry, pal!
    my mom bought it and I don't know where omg!
    must be like facory direct or some refurb place

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    You can ignore it and keep using it normally.
    Could be a 1-off thing (could be).

    Sometimes if it detects Windows as a *counterfeit*, some functions will be disabled (nothing major, but annoying) on Windows, like proper color cycling, inability to go full-screen on some programs, etc.

    What you do then is restart the computer and it should go away until the next time it detects as *counterfeit* again.
    There are times when it detects *counterfeit* right off the restart and you'll have to restart repeatedly until it lets you in.

    It's not a permanent solution, but a remedy.

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    Did you install any new programs recently? Sometimes they conflict with Windows' validation. If so, try uninstalling.

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    -Maybe someone guessed your Windows key and is using it now; when 2 people are detected, both are locked as *counterfeits*.
    -If the Key was never renewed during refurbishment, maybe the last user wrote it down and is using it now (or gave it to someone).
    -If it gets really annoying, you can call MS and have it sorted out.

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    It's probably not a genuine copy. People use pirated copies all the time at third-party places. If it comes back, message PM me and I'll fix it for you. Plenty of experience in this area. @Simmie

    @Mod, probs was Windows update if it's not a genuine copy. Every now and then, there'll be a new detection method released through a 'security update' by Windows. You can either re-patch or not install that particular update. Both are annoying. Had this happen last month.

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    omg that is a lot of words on a small screen @Federation
    but how come it never showed up before?

    @Mod yeah it only happened this one time. Like it wouldn't have detected it in the three years I had this laptop?
    i kept thinking i had a virus sob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simmie View Post
    omg that is a lot of words on a small screen @Federation
    but how come it never showed up before?

    @Mod yeah it only happened this one time. Like it wouldn't have detected it in the three years I had this laptop?
    i kept thinking i had a virus sob
    It could have been a false positive. The 'not genuine' message really has nothing to do with a virus at all. What should happen is that your background should be black, and the bottom right hand corner says, "This is not a genuine copy of Windows" or something like that. Anyway, I wouldn't worry about it. Nothing bad happens from it, it's just annoying. If it comes back, I can patch it and fix it in about 5 minutes time.

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