How To Check If Windows 7 Is Genuine

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.

Control Panel

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.

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12 Responses to How To Check If Windows 7 Is Genuine

  1. rain December 7, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    it say i am using a counter fit! thnaks a lot


    • Everton Blair December 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm #

      unlucky buddy…did you think it was genuine??

  2. ?? December 7, 2009 at 6:24 pm #

    The website does not work for me, I go there and it says

    Validation for Windows 7.
    When Windows running on your PC is genuine, you are better protected from the risks of counterfeit software, such as viruses or other malware. With genuine Windows, you can also count on Microsoft and its partners to get support when you need it.
    Genuine Windows users have exclusive access to all optional updates and downloads from Microsoft, as well as special offers and promotions to help you get the most from your PC.”

    thats it.. tried both ie and firefox.

    • gee October 9, 2010 at 10:28 am #

      it says mine is activated and the little badge is there, nice one. cheers for that.

  3. farmers December 8, 2009 at 5:21 am #

    Not very well researched. Most of the pirate copies will still show as both Genuine and Activated. Of course, once MS decide to move via Windows Update that will change, and these copies will begin to be flagged as counterfeit.

    • Everton Blair December 8, 2009 at 9:42 am #

      The tests above are the ones that are used to see a copy is genuine. the only other test is one that many people will know if their copy will pass – ‘did I get this copy from a shop or from a torrent?’. I don’t really see the point of adding that test to the article!

  4. Symes December 8, 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    Alternatively…if you got it from Bittorrent site…not genuine. If you got it from a bloke with a wheelbarrow standing on a street corner for 10 quid…not genuine. If you bought it from a shop or persuaded a student friend to download it for you for 30 quid …genuine.

  5. seotop December 8, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    other method:
    run CMD and run WINVER.

  6. George February 26, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    And what if you went to a retail store in the US and purchased a computer with Win7 already installed with the COA sticker on the computer case and weren’t provided a Setup disk and some hardware or software you’ve installed has caused the WGA failure? Does that mean you are SOL and that MS gets more money to replace what should be a valid installation? I am not the only one experiencing this, WGA in Win7 is a failure waiting to occur!

  7. 123 October 10, 2010 at 3:12 am #

    but………. that has to be done AFTER Installation.

    How to inspect the DVD media or Product Key before that?

    This can be more effective.

    • Lorry Lay March 4, 2011 at 8:11 am #

      when i bought my laptop it was already installed w/ a genuine windows 7, but when I’ve updated it there was an error C0000034, and i had it reformatted in the mall, but i determined that the one that they used s not genuine. Is there a possibility to retrieve the product key that was previously installed in my PC?

  8. Nedu January 23, 2013 at 1:12 am #

    genuine…thx friend

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