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An unauthorized change was made..

By itoshi
Mar 5, 2012
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  1. I turned on my computer for the first time in a few days today and got a "Windows Activation: An unauthorized change was made to Windows. -- Windows has discovered a change that will result in limited Windows functionality. Use the link below to find out how to fix Windows." Clicking "Close" logs me out and "Learn more online" led me to a "Genuine Microsoft Software" tab that has a "Windows validation in process" that seems to go on far longer than "This may take a few minutes, do not navigate away from this page."

    A secondary pop-up states "Windows Activation: An unauthorized change was made to Windows. -- You will no longer receive notifications, including those about your license or activation. Use the link below to find out how to fix your system." (and the suggested link is "Learn more online" which goes to the "Genuine Microsoft Software" tab.

    My computer runs on Windows Vista (don't know which version).

    Any suggestions on a possible solution?
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,915   +167

    Is the date and time on the computer correct? Do you see "Windows is not genuine" in the lower right corner of the desktop?
     
  3. itoshi

    itoshi TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Once I log in, it goes to a black screen with the pop-up. The date/time should be correct. As for the "windows is not genuine" in the lower right corner, i wouldn't know because it's black screen.
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,915   +167

    Can you attempt to load Windows fresh?
     
  5. itoshi

    itoshi TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I don't think so. I am going to try a system restore, in hopes that will help the issue.
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,915   +167

    Is this a laptop or a desktop computer?
     
  7. itoshi

    itoshi TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It's a laptop. The computer seemed fine (booted properly) for the past two days and now the error is happening again.
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,915   +167

    Did you do a system restore?
     


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