My computer says this copy of Windows is not genuine. I just bought the computer from Best Buy.

My computer says this copy of Windows is not genuine.  I just bought the computer from Best Buy and it has the windows product key on the CPU....?   Lame.   Does anyone have an idea?

 

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How to activate Windows 7 manually (activate by phone)
1) Click Start, and in the Search box type:   slui.exe  4
2) Next press the 'ENTER' key
3) Select your 'Country' from the list.
4) Choose the 'Phone Activation' option.
5) Stay on the phone and wait for a person to help you with activation.

Also:
How to Activate Windows 7 by Phone
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/950929/en=us
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/18715-activate-windows-7-phone.html

Microsoft Activation Centers Worldwide Telephone Numbers:
http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/activation-centers.aspx
(This site is for Volume License Activation but if you call they will help you)

 

------------------------------ If phone activation fails -------------------------------------

How to Tell:
http://www.microsoft.com/howtotell/windows/
"Every edition of genuine Windows comes with piracy prevention features.
Comparing the features of your software to those of genuine Windows
can help determine if your copy of Windows is genuine."

Genuine Microsoft Software:
All about what you need to know and links to specifics
http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/default.aspx

Validate Now:
You can confirm that your software is genuine now. It’s quick and easy.
http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/validate/ValidateNow.aspx?displaylang=en
Click the 'Validate Windows' button, if the validation check fails, then click on the 'Get Genuine' button to get a WGA Kit.


Blocked Keys (Error 0xC004C4A2):
http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinewindows7/thread/a2444f34-0aff-4f29-a8ac-67e28b0c0285

Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool:
http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/selfhelp/servicerequest.aspx
Tool Download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=56062
Post your results here or in this forum: http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinewindows7/threads

JS
http://www.pagestart.com


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