windows 7 home premium not genuine?

Osoclocker69

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when i logged on to my pc today i got a message for the first time saying that my windows 7 home premium 64-bit is NOT genuine. after restarting my pc, windows is now detected as non-genuine and i cannot add a wallpaper and it has this watermark at the bottom-right of my desktop.

does anyone know why this has happened or is there anyway to fix it without illegal cracks or something?

i am operating windows 7 home premium 64-bit build 7601
 

roguecomgeek

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I had the same problem about a month ago, I ended up calling the automatic number to get it to verify I had a legit copy. heres a link to Microsoft's website on how to verify it. I used the method at the bottom of the page.
 

Osoclocker69

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the problem is i don't actually have or know my product key or i'll see if i can find it at least. no is there any other way i can activate windows without needing to type in my product key because i might have lost it?
or maybe i could install windows 8 since i have a legit key for that but i don't want to format my hard drive and lose my files
 

Osoclocker69

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is there anyway my product key is stored in my computer and i can find it to use it and re-activate my windows?
 

Trimax

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There is no way to get it genuine again If you don't have the product key.
I guess your only option to get genuine windows again is you know what ... :ouch:
 

Osoclocker69

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thank you ;)

i decided to upgrade to windows 8 and i will do that tomorrow.
will i lose all my games and applications during the upgrade? i just need to know so i can start putting them into cd's to reinstall them after the upgrade
 

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I'm sure that if you have go from Windows 7 to 8 that you will have to reinstall everything as applications have Win 7 & Win 8 versions. So I would just install a clean install of the OS and reinstall everything it will speed up your PC anyway and de-clutter everything!

Hope this helps!
 

Osoclocker69

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don't worry bro, the upgrade was successful and it kept everything. it gave me the option that many other people don't get while upgrading to windows 8 is "Keep settings, personal files and apps" and most people only get "Keep settings and personal files". there has been some apps that i have had to either reinstall, remove, or update, such as XFast USB an app from my motherboard which is not windows 8 compatible, but XFast LAN works fine.

thank you for helping me out through this and i did uninstall a lot of crap that i don't use and i'll try and find some more :D
 

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