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Must activate Windows after installing new hardware. But I haven't installed new hardware?

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I was browsing around the internet and I just got a random message telling me that I need to activate my windows within 3 days of a hardware update. I haven't upgraded anything in the computer in over a year. Why is it asking me this?
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Someone could be using your key either by keygen our other means. Just reactivate it via online or phone.
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Be careful! If you got the message WHILE you were browsing the Internet, it could very well have been an unauthorized internet browser pop-up that was telling you that. It's a common scheme to get you to type in your windows product key, and bingo - your key is now public knowledge in China.

If your message is coming from Windows itself (it will pop-up in the lower right notification area) then it's legit. If you see it in IE, it's bogus.

Greg
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Be careful! If you got the message WHILE you were browsing the Internet, it could very well have been an unauthorized internet browser pop-up that was telling you that. It's a common scheme to get you to type in your windows product key, and bingo - your key is now public knowledge in China.

If your message is coming from Windows itself (it will pop-up in the lower right notification area) then it's legit. If you see it in IE, it's bogus.

Greg
No its legit, my background is now black and I have a message in the corner telling me my copy of windows is not genuine anymore. I tried online activation, but it just repeats saying I have to activate it again.
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Originally Posted by hammong View Post

Be careful! If you got the message WHILE you were browsing the Internet, it could very well have been an unauthorized internet browser pop-up that was telling you that. It's a common scheme to get you to type in your windows product key, and bingo - your key is now public knowledge in China.

If your message is coming from Windows itself (it will pop-up in the lower right notification area) then it's legit. If you see it in IE, it's bogus.

Greg

Good to know!



If it is legitimate, updating drivers multiple times or swaping components in a short period can trigger this message as well.

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No its legit, my background is now black and I have a message in the corner telling me my copy of windows is not genuine anymore. I tried online activation, but it just repeats saying I have to activate it again.
Just call.
Edited by DuckieHo - 3/25/13 at 9:05am
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Sv: Must activate Windows after installing new hardware. But I haven't installed new hardware?

just do the phone registration, pretty sure its a free number, ine done it 3 times myself

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The phone activation practically gives free CD keys.
 
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