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What's the setback of using a non-genuine copy of Windows 7?

Asked by gambitking (4171 points ) August 16th, 2012

I have a custom built PC that was bought from a friend and I recently had to rip and reinstall Win 7. I didn’t have a restore disc, so I had to use a copy I got from a work buddy. It’s been a month now, and Windows wanted me to activate my copy, which I could not do because I have no product key. Now it’s saying my copy of Windows is not genuine. I can still use it just fine, I can get on the internet and seem to have all the functions I need, so what’s the consequence of using Windows 7 without activating it?

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RandomMrAdam's avatar

You have 30 days to activate Windows. If you do not activate, Windows claims you won’t be able to use all features on the OS. What I know from experience is that the desktop wallpaper will go black, and the annoying pop-ups will keep on bugging you. Those pop-ups are mostly annoying if playing Fullscreen games because it’ll kick you out of game.

Lightlyseared's avatar

A lot of updates and downloads from MS require an activated copy of windows. For example Microsoft Security Essentials won’t work if windows isn’t activated.

XOIIO's avatar

None, I run mostly pirated copies without a problem for updates or anything, but it does need to be activated legally or iligally for it to work properly.

blueiiznh's avatar

You will get that message many times during the days operation.
You will not be able to do updates properly.

Just license it properly.

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