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Making Your Copy of Windows 7 Genuine

written by: Nicholas•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 3/24/2010

With Microsoft's recent release of the Windows 7 Verifier update, many Windows 7 users may have experienced a black screen, stating that Windows 7 is not genuine. For the most part, this is an easy problem to fix, depending on your specific computer. Learn how to make Windows genuine.

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    Reasons for Windows 7 is Not Genuine Error

    Before you decide how to make your copy of Windows 7 genuine, you should first figure out why you are receiving this error. I'm not going to point any fingers at anyone. Here are some common reasons that you may be getting this error:

    - You downloaded a jacked version of Windows 7 from a torrent site or file hosting site, such as RapidShare.

    - You downloaded a jacked version of Windows 7 with Limewire.

    - You installed a legitimate version of Windows 7, but used a key generator or serial crack to activate Windows 7.

    - Microsoft is simply inaccurate, and giving you problems with your fully legitimate, purchased key.

    If you believe that one of the above errors may be causing your Windows 7 to show up as invalid, you can fix it simply and easily by either contacting Microsoft or purchasing Windows 7.

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    Is Your Version of Windows 7 Legitimate?

    How do you make your copy of Windows 7 genuine? Well, if it's a hacked version, the best way to do make it legit is to go buy a genuine copy of Windows and install that on your PC. Windows 7 is by no means the cheapest software out there. But if you want Windows to be legit, you have to obtain Windows legitimately. You may want to consider purchasing a Windows 7 upgrade disc, as they are significantly cheaper than Windows 7 full versions. However, you must be able to upgrade from a current operating system in order to use an upgrade disc properly. Also note, a 32-bit upgrade disc will only upgrade a 32-bit previous operating system. Alternatively, a 64-bit upgrade disc will only upgrade a 64-bit previous operating system.

    In certain cases, you may not have been the one to install Windows 7 on your computer. For example, if you purchased the computer off of eBay, Craigslist, or from a stranger, they may have installed a phony version of Windows 7, just so they could sell you the PC as a Windows 7 computer.

    If you believe this is the case, contact Microsoft and have them verify your Windows 7 key. You can find your key by opening the start menu, right clicking on Computer, and selecting Properties from the drop down menu. At the very bottom of the screen, you will see your Product ID. You can use this information when you call Microsoft. They will be able to tell you if you are running a purchased version of Windows 7.

    If your version of Windows 7 is hacked, it is recommended that you contact the person who sold you the computer, and ask them to get you a legitimate version of Windows 7.

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    Making a Legit Copy of Windows 7 Genuine

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    It's not unheard of for people with purchased copies of Windows 7 to get "Windows is not genuine" errors. This is a problem on Microsoft's behalf that should be taken care of. If you are positive that the Windows 7 installed on your computer is legitimate, you need to contact Microsoft to get this issue resolved. If you purchased an actual copy of Windows 7, or purchased a computer (Dell, Gateway, HP, etc.) that came with Windows 7, you should definitely not be getting this error.

    Microsoft technical support is average at best. But stay on them, and demand that they get Windows 7 working correctly to your needs.

    Here is the official Microsoft support website.

    If you should decide to purchase Windows 7, you may want to use the download method, as it is faster and more convenient. Here is how you can burn a copy of a Windows 7 download for backup purposes.