As most Windows users know, Microsoft has required “product activation” since the release of Windows XP in 2001.
XP must be activated by communicating with servers in Redmond within 30 days of installation.
Click on Start, then Control Panel, then click on System and Security, and finally click on System.
Then scroll all the way down to the bottom and you should see a section called Windows activation, which says “Windows is activated” and gives you the Product ID.
If you have any other questions about whether your copy of Windows 7 is valid, post a comment here and I will try to help.
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It also includes the genuine Microsoft software logo.
So, in conclusion, if you have bought a copy of Windows 7 from a shady local computer dealer or off e Bay for a reduced price, you may want to check and make sure the product key is actually valid and not counterfeit!
The first way to validate that Windows 7 is genuine is to click on Start, then type in activate windows in the search box.The activation process will complete successfully if the software has not been previously activated, such as on a different machine.If activation isn’t completed within the trial period, Microsoft products temporarily shut down some of their features.By Brian Livingston Microsoft always says it opposes “software pirates” who sell thousands of unauthorized copies of Windows.
But the Redmond company has made things a lot easier for pirates by adding a line to the Registry that can be changed from 0 to 1 to postpone the need to “activate” Vista indefinitely.You can still get around those pesky activation pop-ups.