Software declared not genuine two years after purchase RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm using a Gateway laptop, which my dad bought two years. It came with Vista Home Premium, which I installed the first night we had it. It's been working perfectly fine, but lately dialogue boxes have been popping up saying my product key is invalid, and I'm not sure why. Today it wouldn't let me log in without clicking on a 'reduced functionality' button, and another box just popped up saying I may be a victim of product counterfeiting. I haven't seen anyone with a similar problem through search, but I have absolutely no idea what to do.



    Why is my product key being declared invalid nearly a year after purchase and installation? Was there a time limit on its usage?


    How do I fix it?

    Saturday, February 7, 2009 4:43 PM


  • Hello Sagevale,


    In order to recieve the best support, we request all users initially download and run the Genuine Diagnostics tool at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012. Click "Continue" click the Windows tab, click the "Copy" button, then paste the report into a response message in this thread.

    If you do not have access to the Start Button:

    1) Login to Vista and Click the option that brings up Internet Explorer.

    2) Type: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 into the browser address bar.

    3) A window will come up asking if you want to Run or Save, Select Run

    4) When the program runs, Click the Continue button, then click the Copy button.

    5) Return to this thread by Typing: http://forums.community.microsoft.com/en-US/genuinevista/thread/8a57a012-8f38-4430-a632-fffcdffcaf75 into the browser address bar.

    6) In a reply post, Paste the Diagnostic Report.

    Darin MS

    Attention Forum All Users: Please Do Not post your issue in someone else's Thread...Create your own.
    • Marked as answer by Darin Smith MS Tuesday, February 17, 2009 12:56 AM
    Monday, February 9, 2009 6:57 PM