How to Get Rid of the "Not Genuine" Message on Windows 7

Written by jim campbell
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If you install a hacked or illegal copy of Windows 7, you receive an error that the operating system functions are disabled, because it is not a "genuine copy." To fix this error, you must re-enter a valid, legal product code. Windows 7 has an interface that lets you re-enter a license key. This is beneficial if you receive the "not genuine" error message or you want to upgrade your license for the operating system.

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  • Purchased Windows 7 license

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    Click the Windows "Start" button in the task bar. Right-click the "Computer" icon and select "Properties." This opens a "System Properties" window that shows all your basic system configurations.

  2. 2

    Click the link named "Change product key" at the bottom of the System Properties window. This link opens a window where you can type your valid product code.

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    Type the new, legal product code you purchased from a Microsoft vendor. Click the "Next" button. Microsoft does a lookup in the online database to ensure the license code is valid.

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    Click "Close" on the final screen after Microsoft checks the validity of the product code. You should no longer receive a "not genuine" error from the operating system.

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