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Windows will show “not genuine” messages if your copy of Windows isn’t properly activated. Product activation is necessary so that Microsoft knows that you obtained Windows legally và to limit the number of computers the same hàng hóa key is used on.

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A number of other things beyond error messages might happen if you don"t fix the "Windows is not genuine" problem. If your copy of Windows isn’t activated, your computer might log you out every hour, or reboot occasionally, or give you a permanent đen desktop, or even prevent you from installing some Windows updates.

What the Error Looks lượt thích

The error is different depending on the Windows version. For example, when Windows 7 Build 7601 isn’t genuine, you’ll see this error:

You’ll probably also get occasional pop-ups or see messages in other parts of Windows. Here are some examples:"Windows is not genuine." "Click this message to lớn learn how khổng lồ get genuine.""Activate Windows" "Go to Settings to activate Windows.""The copy of Windows you are using does not pass genuine validation.""Activate Windows now" "The activation period has expired. Click this message to lớn start activation.""This copy of Windows is not genuine." "You may be a victim of software counterfeiting.""This copy of Microsoft Windows is not genuine." "Your copy of Microsoft Windows must be validated as genuine.""This computer is not running genuine Windows" "To use Windows without interruption, this computer needs lớn be running genuine Windows.""You must activate today." "Activate Windows now"

Why You’re Seeing This Error

The most likely reason for an error lượt thích “This copy of Windows is not genuine” is because it’s legitimately not genuine! This will happen if you’ve installed Windows without a valid hàng hóa key & now the operating system, probably after a Windows Update, is letting you know.

How khổng lồ Fix ‘Windows Is Not Genuine’

There are several things you can try lớn fix the “Windows is not genuine” message but which one is best to try depends on your situation & what you"re seeing so read through the various tactics below before getting started.

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Enter a Valid hàng hóa Key

If this is your first time using your computer since you installed Windows, but you haven’t yet entered the hàng hóa key, the best way khổng lồ stop this error is to enter your hàng hóa key to activate Windows.

You can change your Windows sản phẩm key through Control Panel in Windows 10, 8, 7, & Vista. Changing the Windows XP sản phẩm key is done through the registry.


Another way to enter a different product key in Windows is through the Run dialog box. Open it with WIN+R và then enter the following:

Reset the License Information

This fix for “Windows is not genuine” errors resets the information used to lớn activate Windows. If the information is valid but somehow corrupted, this should remove the error.