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Windows 7: Text to Speech:"Sorry but your license is not valid for this computer"

17 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Starter 32 bit
Text to Speech:"Sorry but your license is not valid for this computer"

Hi guys. Tried searching for this, but couldn't find anything about it.

So, I bought a notebook computer that came with Windows 7. It comes from a reputable store, so I have no reason to believe that there would be anything wrong or invalid about either the computer or Windows. Everything seems to run just fine, except for when I try to turn on the Text to Speech function. The computer voice says "Warning. Your license is not valid for this computer".

Again, everything else seems to be fine and I haven't seen any indication that my license is invalid. I'm probably missing something though. Any advice you could give on what's casusing this would be realkly appreciated. Thanks!

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17 Nov 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

The most important thing is that your OS is validated.
Go to computer icon on desktop
right click
On the bottom, right, do you see the genuine MS logo? If so you have a genuine license and do not have to worry about that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 Starter 32 bit


Yes, I do have the genuine Microsoft logo on the bottom right. No problem there.
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17 Nov 2010   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Jfournier,

You might go to the Microsoft website below and click on the Validate Windows button to verify and validate your Windows 7 to see if that may be able to help afterwards.

Genuine Microsoft Software

Hope this helps,
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17 Nov 2010   #5
Abhishek Ghosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6

Do as Brink said and here is the probable explanation:

As genuine advantage checking is a random and recurrent process in background, sometimes it gets interrupted by the user/ system itself unintentionally (System hangs, process terminated etc). Further, users are using third party themes with custom icons, explorer.exe, explorerframe.dll from other users by patching the system.

The Windows registry and these files are very finely tuned. If there is certain change, it is possible to make Windows think, the copy is not legal.

Just running the WGA tool (as Brink said) should resolve the issue.
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17 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

I'm going to assume Starter doesn't support it. Thus the issue of license.
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18 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7 Starter 32 bit

Hey again.

Brink and Abhishek: I ran the Validate Windows progrtam and it said everything was fine. Not sure what to check next.

Logicearth: I suppose that's plausible, but it doesn't mention that anywhere in the user guides or anything. Would be rather cruel of them.
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19 Nov 2010   #8

windows 7 ultimate

Could always be that someone, somewhere, has set it to that "For A Larff!"
a.k.a Make your computer greet you with a voice
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21 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 Starter 32 bit

So, someone would've had to be on my computer to do that? Doubt that's the answer. Thanks though.
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21 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

This is not a windows validation problem, no message such as that exists.

Also, AFAIK, text to speech is included in all versions of win7.

Suggest you run a malware scan with mbam and also run a sfc scan.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Also, try checking the validity of licenses for various software installed on this computer.
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