Speaking of Win 7....

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  1. Juggernautz
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    My 3 year old Gateway desktop(Intel Core i7 2nd gen/ 8 GB RAM) has been steadily slowing down in response & boot time. Then this week I've been getting MS messages that state my version of Win 7 is counterfeit & that I need to purchase a new license. This is the original OS that came w\ this PC.

    Wth would cause this to happen all of a sudden?
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    Malware. Download rkill. Run it, and run an antivirus scam along with a scan from malwarebytes antimalware
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    Is it saying you need to buy a new one or just simply saying your windows might be counterfeit? Microsoft wouldn't be asking for money, they would simply tell you your windows is counterfeit and give you the black screen.

    If there is any doubt about your OS validity, I've heard Microsoft flushed a bunch of false keys and cracked windows were no longer valid.

    If you know you're OS is legit and you're getting this popup, helix is probably right on the money.
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    Did you register the pc when you bought it? I have seen people taking pictures of product keys on the side of display models before. All you would have to do then is activate that product on a copy of that os and you"d be done as a counterfeiter!
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    Yes I registered it. I have been busy w\ my extended work schedule plus we're spending the weekend in Augusta, GA so I won't be able to do anything with it until next week.

    BTW, thanks to all of youse for the valuable advice\comments!
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    did you happen to buy your copy of windows 7 from some guy on the street corner?
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    This is one very small reason why I build my computers and install a new OS myself. But, really it's just more fun to build them then to buy them with all that added software junk built in.
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    Yes indeed, while I was getting my daily fix.
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    Anyway back to the original topic:

    I found a program to retrieve my MS Win 7 product key & I re-entered it on the MS windows activation website and the problem disappeared, at least for now.
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    I don't think building this yourself would prevent this problem (which is likely malware-related).

    Unless, of course, you're wisely installing Ubuntu instead of Windows. ;)
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    I like Ubuntu, and I think you're right about the "problem".
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    So far so good. I may resort to a dual boot & give Ubanto a try.
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    Ubuntu doesn't play nice with novice users. It is highly customizable and fast though.
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    You want something that doesn't play well with novice users look no further than Arc Linux. If you know what you're doing though, you can make a REALLY good Linux Distro.
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    I assume you meant Arch Linux, which I don't find all that unfriendly.

    You can make a good linux distro but you need to make sure you need to. There are so many of them out there that it muddies the waters.
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    Ya, Arch.. typo.

    If you know what you're doing Arch really isn't that hard but its definitely not for a Linux beginner.

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