Windows 7

Hi ;
I keep getting the popup message that the copy of Win 7 that I am running is not genuine. I did all the step from the web. Now it asks to activate the windows when  I reboot the laptop. My question is: 1. will it change the encryption key in any way? 2. will it affect the existing applications already loaded on the laptop?

Thanks;
totaramAsked:
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Liam SomervilleSenior Security ConsultantCommented:
If you're referring to EFS, no it shouldn't change that. EFS is tied to the accounts on the machine, not the license. The applications shouldn't care either.
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totaramAuthor Commented:
Would you know why am I getting this error? It wasn't there for past 3years..
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jcimarronCommented:
totaram--
Here are the steps MS suggests be used  to activate.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/activate-windows#1TC=windows-7

Our posts crossed.
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Liam SomervilleSenior Security ConsultantCommented:
Sometimes if you change hardware you'll need to reactivate. If you purchased a license, this should be a pretty trivial matter. Just follow the steps on your OS and you're done. Sometimes you need to call in, but that's fairly rare.
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totaramAuthor Commented:
Actually it was a work laptop up until last year. They sold it to us during refresh cycle, could it be the win license on the machine expired this year?
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Liam SomervilleSenior Security ConsultantCommented:
The licenses don't expire, but it's possible that it was some sort of a volume license that Microsoft revoked. Either way, activation shouldn't affect your computer in any negative way.
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totaramAuthor Commented:
thanks.
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