How do I get a genuine copy of Windows 7?

Eunice Aboanor February 5, 2013
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My laptop keeps giving me a message that my Windows 7 is not genuine, can I get a genuine copy online or do I have to use a disc?

More to the point – can I still buy a copy of Windows 7?


  1. Anonymous
    February 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    You can buy one on any store that sells Microsoft products, or buy a licence from the Microsoft web page.

    On the other hand, as previously mentioned, you can download a small app called windows loader from any torrent site (allways check comments and scan for viruses) and activate windows from there. This is of course not legal, but it's up to you if you want to pay, or go for free....

  2. John
    February 18, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Its very simple! Forget all those other answers, your best bet is to download a windows loader and run the software. After running the loader, choose the system name and info on it and then hit "Install". That's all for now, your OS will be "Genuine" forever! You're Welcome!

  3. Arish Dhawan
    February 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    you can download windows 7 will work out for you

  4. Swaggrous Emeks
    February 11, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    You can always get genuine copies of windows 7 from torrent

  5. fritz Richard
    February 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Genuine Windows 7 versions are still available in the market. You really should get a genuine one bro.

  6. Rama moorthy
    February 10, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    if you can afford Better backup all files , full format HD and setup Genuine win8.. else go for win XP , the original version with key is available in internet. if you cant find tell me I ll give you ..!

  7. Anish Parameshwaran
    February 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    If you know someone that attends a university, students are often given free copies of licensed software, including Windows OSes.

  8. Zack263
    February 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Windows 8 is far better then Windows 7 under the hood and well worth the purchase price!

  9. Julia Samson
    February 7, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    A very inexpensive way to get a valid license is to advertise on Craigslist or other site. many users who buy new machines don't want the newer operating system. Another way is to purchase a student copy at a local college.

    To tell if you have a valid license, you can email Microsoft, or try updating it. Some fakes are superb and will even have a superior-looking authenticity sticker on the envelope, but your best bet is to purchase from a reputable supplier who will give you a money-back guarantee. Some credit card companies offer as a no-charge part of their service product warranties that will protect you. If the copy is a fake, just call the credit card company if the store won't refund your money. No store wants to get involved with fraudulent merchandise criminal charges....

    BTW, the current announcement shows that Windows 7 should be supported through 2020, so 7 is a good choice.

    For older operating systems, look for friends who are buying new machines, or places where old machines are turned in for recycling or trash (public schools, Best Buy, curbside). You can pull the license number from one of several places. If the machine is operable, you can find it in Help, About on the start button. If the machine is not operable you may find the license number taped to the back of the machine near the serial number. In all cases you will find the license number on the issue media (CD or DVD) and on the wrapper.

  10. William Lewis
    February 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    If the laptop was purchased with Windows 7 installed and the genuine message just now started to pop up, then you could have a virus. Try running your antivirus to see if it has any virus installed. If you don't have an antivirus you can download malwarebytes free edition and run a scan that way. After the scanning and such is done, look under the laptop and see if there's a Windows 7 product key. If so, you can click "Active Now" in control panel and get them to re-activate for you. If you didn't have a product key sticker, you're going to have to buy a new licence key. You can purchase a key from Microsoft directly or through an online retailer like newegg or tigerdirect. I hope this helps :)

    February 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Use Windows 7 loader just google it ull get this will definetly be used to make your windows 7 Genuine......!! But this is an illegal so be caerfull........!!

    • Rakesh Kumar
      February 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      yes loader is best

  12. Jim Chambers
    February 6, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    If Windows 7 is genuine, problem may be caused by malware. Do a quick scan of your laptop with Malwarebytes and delete any malware it finds. Reboot and do a full scan in safe mode. You may have to reactivate Windows.

  13. Tai Gee
    February 6, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    You can buy at any computer store near you. Just tell them you want only genuine microsoft softwares.

  14. Oron Joffe
    February 6, 2013 at 11:46 am

    You can certainly buy discs of Windows 7 with a valid product number. They are available from a variety of online shops (e.g. Amazon).

  15. Switchblade Rebirth
    February 6, 2013 at 10:07 am

    You can buy a copy of genuine Windows 7 online, or in retail stores.

    My advice: If you want to save money, buy the Windows 7 System Builder.

  16. Jan Fritsch
    February 6, 2013 at 9:39 am

    If your laptop shipped with Window 7 there should be a genuine certificate with the License Key somewhere on the device.

    If you installed Windows 7 yourself or had someone installing it for you, you or this person should have a valid license.

    If for whatever reason you did install a non-genuine copy of Windows 7 you will have to buy a license which can (still) be done at most places where they sell computers. If you do use a pirated version you will most likely have to reinstall your system to pass the genuine test even with a genuine License Key.

  17. ha14
    February 6, 2013 at 9:18 am

    your laptop should have a factory recovery partition, you can use it to revert back to factory state as such everything will be formatted (so you have to do a backup of files first) and windows will be reinstalled and activated.

  18. Jacques Knipe
    February 6, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Usually that message pops up when you've installed a pirated version. It's okay until you connect online.
    The only way to get rid of it is to install a genuine copy by upgrading online or buying a physical copy from your local PC or Tech store.

  19. Alan Wade
    February 6, 2013 at 7:30 am

    If you are going to buy a Windows 7 key why not buy a Windows 8 upgrade?
    I think you will it cheaper than Windows 7, at least it is where I live.

    • ha14
      February 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

      windows 8 upgrade will refuse activation if windows 7 is not genuine or not activated?

      • Alan Wade
        February 6, 2013 at 10:41 am

        You clean install with Windows 8 Upgrade easier than you can with any other upgrade media.

      • Aleksandra Huey
        February 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm

        upgrade wont activate if version that you are upgrading isn't genuine!

  20. Junil Maharjan
    February 6, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Yes you can still buy a copy of windows 7 or you can buy a license online and just put the license on your pc.

  21. Ashwin Ramesh
    February 6, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Did you install a pirated version of Windows? Or if you know that you have installed a genuine version, maybe your computer is popping up an error here.

    You could check this forum:

  22. Mark Fisher
    February 6, 2013 at 12:51 am

    You should still be able to purchase it, most of the time microsoft will allow you to go through the process online also.

  23. Anonymous
    February 6, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I've seen boxes on Amazon for about $90. This is the upgrade version, though. You need to have Windows Vista or XP installed first. Not sure if the license ID carries over, though. Probably not. they also have the full version for $163

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