I have activated my Windows using Product Key. Then In Computer->Properties (Win 7 SP1) it says "Ask for Genuine". I followed the steps and validated for genuine successfully using this link: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/genuine

But it still says Ask for Genuine.

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How to fix this?

  • I'm assuming you're using a non-English Windows install, as "Ask for Genuine" is not something one would see in an English version. Having said that, can you please post a screen shot of the properties box you're seeing that in? It's location in the properties page may help us determine what it is exactly you're seeing, so we can help figure it out. :) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Aug 12 '15 at 18:00
  • @Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 It is English but I will add now the screenshot too. – Narek Aug 12 '15 at 18:20
  • @Narek have you tried this – pun Aug 12 '15 at 18:27
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    This confusing image was removed in later versions of Windows. It’s normal on Windows 7, though. – Daniel B Aug 12 '15 at 18:46
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    @DanielB Ask for Genuine for me too though running a genuine copy in corporate environment – pun Aug 12 '15 at 18:57

Your Windows activation is actually completely fine! That box that says "ask for genuine Microsoft software" doesn't mean "Your copy of Windows isn't genuine". It simply means "Your copy of Windows is genuine, and that's a good thing! You should always use genuine Microsoft software!"

So basically, that box doesn't mean you've done anything wrong or that Windows isn't activated; it's just giving you silly advice.


I think all copies of MS Windows come with those “Ask for Genuine” logos. I have two machines running legitimate copies of Windows but still have those logos. My speculation would be that it is MS's way of encouraging users to use and/or purchase legal copies and not to resort to thievery/piracy.

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