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Copy of windows vista not genuine

By Mark Fuller
May 17, 2015
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  1. I have a hp pavilion laptop d4 that all of the sudden says that the copy of windows is not genuine. Does the licensed of windows expire after a while?
     
  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,425   +77

    No, it does not expire. It normally means an infection or a failed MS update.

    For the first case, you need to run standard malware tests see here http://www.techspot.com/community/forums/virus-and-malware-removal.28/

    But before you start that, just in case of a failed update, try just shutting windows down from the start button, and choose restart in safe mode. Mess about a bit in case Windows needs a bit of time to look around. Run 'chkdsk' in read-only mode just in case there has been a bit of corruption. If errors are reported, repeat as chkdsk /r. Then if all is clear, restart again into normal mode. This has been known to work, and is quick and simple. Good Luck.

    Check below your post, this forum cleverly adds relevant historic post for you to look at.
     
    Last edited: May 17, 2015

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