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Windows 7: Windows not genuine after laptop not used for a while.

10 May 2016   #1
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Windows not genuine after laptop not used for a while.

I turned on my Dell laptop after it sat for a while and it said "not genuine". I know it is. It's a retail version of Windows 7 Home Premium. I'll be selling the laptop to a friend (for work) and wanted to do a clean reinstall and was confused when I saw the message.

Should I ignore it and continue with the reinstall or fix the non-genuine message first?


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10 May 2016   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Havoc,
Carry on with the re-install, you will get the chance to Activate or not during set-up.

Roy
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13 May 2016   #3
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Going to do the reinstall this weekend.
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17 May 2016   #4
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Reinstalled and it activated properly. Now I'm just waiting on the "checking for updates". What the hell Microsoft?
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17 May 2016   #5
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Download this KB: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3138612
Save it to your desktop (or wherever).
Disconnect the computer from the Internet.
Install that KB.
Restart the computer.
Connect the computer to the Internet.
Manually check for updates.

They should show up in less than an hour, if not:
Set the laptop not to sleep and leave it checking for updates overnight.
If that fails, it is time to reset Windows Update.
Use option 3 of this tut: Windows Update - Reset
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17 May 2016   #6
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

You might also want to look at this download:
Simplifying updates for Windows 7 and 8.1
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18 May 2016   #7
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I just left the laptop on overnight.
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