Validating windows key
Microsoft says there will be an easy process to buy a genuine copy of Windows in the Windows Store app and have the PC automatically repair itself to make sure everything is secure.
If getting rid of all those nag screens just requires a few clicks and a credit card number, no wonder Microsoft wants to encourage pirates to upgrade!
“You may be a victim of software counterfeiting.” These messages pop up regularly if Windows thinks you’re using a pirated version of Windows.
Microsoft wants to nag you until you go legitimate and prevent PC sellers from sneaking pirated copies of Windows onto their PCs.
Yes, there are obviously tricks Windows pirates use to bypass the genuine Windows notification.
Microsoft is in a constant battle with those tricks, and has been for as long as Windows has existed.
This sounds obnoxious — and it is — but let’s list the things that continue working normally instead.
If you do actually have a valid Windows key, you can change the product key in Windows.
A non-genuine copy of Windows has features designed to regularly alert you to this and annoy you into wanting to use a properly licensed copy of Windows.
Windows XP and Vista had harsh limitations here, Windows XP had Windows Genuine Advantage pushed as a Windows Update, and that could potentially lock users out of their computers.
If you purchase a used PC or another pre-built PC from a local computer store and see messages saying Windows isn’t genuine, they stuck you with a pirated copy of Windows to save money.
That’s a big part of the point of the message — to make pirating more difficult for the pirates and have messages that let users know whether their computer has a pirated copy of Windows or not.