Despite Microsoft attempts at reducing Windows 7 piracy, hacked copies of Windows 7 already exist. Not only have Windows 7 Activation Hacks been created using RemoveWAT and Chew-WGA, but some software pirates are even selling hacked copies of Windows 7 on USB Drives. If you brought a copy of Windows 7 from some guy on the street or off ebay, how can you be certain whether it’s a genuine copy of Windows 7? There are two easy ways to check if Windows 7 is genuine.
Check On Your PC If Windows 7 Is Genuine
To check if your copy of Windows 7 is Genuine open Windows 7 Control Panel and go to System and Security and then click on System. If at the bottom:
- “Windows is activated”
- and you have the Windows genuine logo
Then your copy of Windows 7 is Genuine.
A similar method is to type ‘activate windows’ into the search box in Windows 7 and click on ‘Activate Windows’. The following popup will appear which will tell you if you copy of Windows 7 is genuine:
Check Online If Windows 7 Is Genuine
An easy way to see if your Windows 7 software passes the genuine test is to use the Genuine Microsoft Software service. It’s best to use IE to run this test, otherwise you have to download a small program:
If your copy of Windows 7 fails one of the above validation tests, don’t worry as Microsoft will happily sell you a Windows 7 product key.