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Windows 7 Build 7601 'This copy of Windows is not genuine'

What? I have been using Windows 7 for a while now, it came with my laptop and i have not done anything recently, other than a normal windows update the other day, that could have caused this rather disturbing message. Everything works fine and my Windows is genuine, is there any way to tell how this could have occurred and how to remove it?
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  1. where you do brought the laptop from? you should contact the manufacturer.
  2. Happens from time to time...
    Get your serial number ready and call Microsoft, they should be able to tell you the activation key.
  3. James Thomas said:
    What? I have been using Windows 7 for a while now, it came with my laptop and i have not done anything recently, other than a normal windows update the other day, that could have caused this rather disturbing message. Everything works fine and my Windows is genuine, is there any way to tell how this could have occurred and how to remove it?
  4. This is not a solution but the same has happened to me. I am recently widowed and very new to computer maintenance. Like James Thomas I have done nothing and my Windows is genuine. I resent being called a thief and being put to the time, trouble and stress of this. Can I just ignore this?
  5. no. need to contact microsoft, or windows will get disabled.
  6. Gilly McG said:
    This is not a solution but the same has happened to me. I am recently widowed and very new to computer maintenance. Like James Thomas I have done nothing and my Windows is genuine. I resent being called a thief and being put to the time, trouble and stress of this. Can I just ignore this?



    Without a valid activation, windows will only run for 30 days then stop. You will also continue to get the nag screen warning you that windows isn't authentic.
  7. Hawkeye22 said:
    Gilly McG said:
    This is not a solution but the same has happened to me. I am recently widowed and very new to computer maintenance. Like James Thomas I have done nothing and my Windows is genuine. I resent being called a thief and being put to the time, trouble and stress of this. Can I just ignore this?



    Without a valid activation, windows will only run for 30 days then stop. You will also continue to get the nag screen warning you that windows isn't authentic.



    Hi - I have tried the Microsoft instructions to activate and the Properties thingy says Windows is activated, so I can't get any further - and the message has disappeared. Will is come back tomorrow? Do I need to phone them?

    Hello again - I found a way to phone activate and it says it was successful, so fingers crossed.
  8. I had the same problem and fixed it. My copy is genuine and activated, worked for about a year, then I got the Windows 7 build 7601 "this copy of Windows is not Genuine" error in the bottom right hand of the screen - just after a major Windows update by the way. Couldn't find the product activation key.

    So, I started the Product Activation Wizard, by following these steps:
    Click Start
    Right-click Computer.
    Select Properties.
    Then at the bottom of the window, you'll see if it is activated and what the product ID is. I printed the page out for reference, and used 'print screen' and saved it to Word as well. Then I exited that, all ready to pohone Microsoft and re-activate it, and found that the "This copy of Windows is not Genuine" notice had disappeared.
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