Counterfeit Windows?

by Richard on June 27, 2006

I’ve got a Windows PC sitting in the corner of my study. I rarely use it — it belongs to my daughters, a gift from my brother when he upgraded his computer. But recently it has begun to complain that “this copy of Windows is not genuine”, that we might be “a victim of software counterfeiting”. Tosh! There’s a link to resolve the problem, of course, but the suggested solution seems somewhat expensive. Why has it suddenly decided this? I knew there were good reasons for not liking Windows…

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }


Dave Warnock 06.27.06 at 9:12 am

Windows Update recently installed an “upgrade” that does this check for you.


Richard 06.27.06 at 9:30 am

That was kind of it. But I’m certain that Windows is *not* counterfeit.


Ivan the Crank 06.28.06 at 1:00 am

I hate to ask an obvious question, but have you asked your brother about the origin of the Windows on the computer in question? I have a brother or two for whom this would be a possibility…


Richard 06.28.06 at 6:30 am

No, I haven’t asked him!


Jason 07.01.06 at 11:13 am

Well, it’s pretty common. If he bought the PC refurbished or used, then he may have bought it from a dealer who installs the same copy of windows on multiple PC’s and that would make it counterteit. Of course your brother may not have known that.


Joel 07.01.06 at 7:25 pm

I received the “not genuine” message starting about two months ago after I downloaded Firefox. I just took it as the “evil” Microsoft letting me know they aren’t pleased that I’m using someone else’s browser. Anyway, the automatic update tool stopped working, although I was still able to download updates manually, as long as I didn’t try to use Firefox for the dowloands.

I bought my computer new from Dell, so I fully expect that my Windows version is genuine. After I unselected Firefox as my default browser, the “not genuine” message disappeared and the automatic updates worked again. I still use Firefox a good bit, but just don’t have it selected as my default any longer.


yy 07.04.06 at 3:17 am

I don’t have Firefox, but I have the same problem. It didn’t say it was counterfeit until it kept telling me the update is available. How do I download the updates manually? just go to their site and find the downloads?

Any help would be appreciated. I don’t want to give them extra money either.



someone w/ problems 07.06.06 at 3:25 pm

I’m pretty sure my Windows version is “genuine.” I use Firefox most of the time, but I think Internet explorer is my default browser right now. I also want to know how I’m able to download the updates manually.


Richard 07.06.06 at 4:13 pm

I haven’t got answers to this. My wife has decided to get the girls a new computer - which means I get the old one to have a play with Linux on.


Shelly 06.17.10 at 9:53 am

I recently bought windows 7 from a website and i got the “not genuine” message after i updates my windows. so i contacted the seller, they gave my new product key and ask me to reinstall it again. But this time, it prevent important updates that detect counterfeit softwares.

I asked them to refund my money but they offer to send another new copy. I did not see my money or the new software.


Wood Windows 07.12.10 at 6:59 am

That’s why i always suggest to use genuine version of Windows…. otherwise you have to bear all the complains and problems after installation. So, updation is also in demand.

Leave a Comment

You can use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>