What to Do if a Genuine Microsoft Software Office Countdown Message Appears?
You are using Microsoft Office and you received a notice or reminder of the validity status of the program such as, "This copy of Microsoft Office is not genuine. In 1 day(s), Office application will be marked as not genuine."
Each time you see the reminder, you will have the option for it to remind you again later or you can immediately find out what is causing the Microsoft Office genuine advantage countdown message. An example cause is the product key has been blocked because it is supposed to be in use by a company and not for home use or the company who owns the license has requested a new volume license keys and/or the software assurance coverage has ended.
What you could do is to follow the advice of Microsoft on how to solve the problem. The recommended action is to contact your system administrator so you can request a new product key. However, if you are no longer working at that company that has the rights to use the volume license, or you purchased the Microsoft Office from a company or online business that is not allowed to sell or distribute a particular product keys, your only option is to buy a valid license for Microsoft Office.
When you choose the option to remind you later, the genuine Microsoft software office countdown message will always appear until the number of days to notify is finished. If the countdown message is finished, you will notice a toolbar or ribbon element in the Office program. If you are using Microsoft Office XP and Office 2003, you will see a toolbar that says, “This copy of Microsoft Office is not genuine. Click here to learn more." You will see the same message in newer versions of Microsoft Office software, not as a toolbar but as a ribbon element.
Note that non-genuine Microsoft Office software will not stop working. The program will continue to work but you will continue to see the said non-genuine notification when using the program.
If your Microsoft Office license or product keys is mistakenly blocked by Microsoft using the validation or notification tools, immediately report to the system administrator or report the problem in the Windows Genuine Advantage forums.
If you are a victim of software piracy, you can report it to Microsoft and then take advantage of the Microsoft Office Genuine Advantage Kit so you don't have to remove the Microsoft Office program, but solve the problem by removing the genuine Microsoft software office countdown message.
If you cannot afford to purchase a license, please remove the Microsoft Office program in your computer and use a free office program such as OpenOffice or Google Docs.
Image credits: Microsoft Office Genuine Advantage Countdown Message from http://www.brighthub.com/computing/windows-platform/articles/72036.aspx, Windows Update screenshot taken by the author.