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    I have a Dell XPS running a factory installed copy of Windows 7 Pro  along with Windows Security Essentials.  Earlier on today MSE updated itself with no problems.   After about 4 hours my desktop background picture went black and I had to go into personalize to restore the background picture and about 30 minutes it did the same thing all over again.  Keep in mind that this has never happened before.

    Not sure what to do I decided to shut down and reboot to see if that would fix  the problem.   Reboot went well until I logged in and I got a window saying that my copy of Windows 7 Pro is NOT genuine and the window also asks me if I want to go genuine and click on the button.  So I just closed that window and continued with startup, desktop appears with no background photo, just a black screen again.   Then another small popup window appeared saying that I may be a victim of a counterfeit copy.   The Properties now say that I must activate today and the little GENUINE label at the bottom right hand is gone.   Any ideas?  Should I just try to re-enter my original product key.    I don’t believe in coincidences and think that Microsoft has done something with the last MSE update.

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      I tried to run the ACTIVATE WINDOW link in PROPERTIES and my browser opened up saying that the MICROSOFT PAGE THAT I AM LOOKING FOR DOES NOT EXIST. So there is no way to activate Windows 7 anymore by anyone. Any Ideas? Did Microsoft just disable my Windows 7 before end of life?

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      See “Windows is not genuine” error in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

      There’s a “Fix it for me” download to try near the bottom of that page.

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      THanks @b I tried to use the FIX IT FOR ME and the page says Microsoft Easy Fix solutions have been discontinued and they suggest to upgrade. As for using the GROUP POLICY to fix this it is more then I have ever tinkered with in there and don’t want to mess anything. This just is not a coincidence!

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      I tried to run the ACTIVATE WINDOW link in PROPERTIES and my browser opened up saying that the MICROSOFT PAGE THAT I AM LOOKING FOR DOES NOT EXIST. So there is no way to activate Windows 7 anymore by anyone. Any Ideas? Did Microsoft just disable my Windows 7 before end of life?

      You can call Microsoft’s help to re-activate your Windows 7 Pro.

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