Microsoft pushes update to deactivate counterfeit Windows 7 copies

Microsoft has updated Windows Activation Technologies for Windows 7 and released an update for Windows 7 which silently examines your operating system for unauthorized attempts at activating Windows 7. 

This update for Windows Activation Technologies  detects validation errors and activation exploits, any tampering attempts made to important Windows 7 system files related to Windows Activation.

Explains KB2534510:

Validation errors and activation exploits try to bypass the Windows activation process and are sometimes included with counterfeit copies of Windows.

If a validation error or activation exploit is detected, you will be directed to more information on the Internet for resolution of the activation exploit or the validation error. When validation errors or activation exploits are removed, you may be asked to use a valid product key to activate the copy of Windows 7 that is running on your computer.

If you decide not to resolve the validation error or the activation exploit at that time, you will be periodically notified that the copy of Windows 7 that is running on your computer is not genuine.

If the update does not detect any validation errors, activation exploits, or tampered files, it will exit silently.

But if it finds that the Windows 7 copy has been illegally activated, it will try to restore the tampered files Рwhich may require a restart, and may even  deactivate the counterfeit copy.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Finally it’s here. Actually Microsoft has released a similar update in the past too, I guess. But again people had means to tweak/remove that update.

  2. Grr

    i agree with Haresh..

  3. azziz07

    Not sure what microsoft wants to do, if they lower their price then many will turn to grab the deal, also windows its not very stable, lik BSOD SCREENS? updates fails….so how to pay technicians to repair indows and microsfot…thats a lot of PAY AND PAY.

  4. Lololol

    You are wrong man, ive had windows 7 since it came out and never EVER had any problems with it, go troll somewhere else.

  5. TheBigOldDog

    I thought they learned their lesson the last time they tried this with XP and deactivated millions by accident and were outright accused of producing malware and pushing it out as a security update. Never underestimate the stupidity or greed of Microsoft. If there’s a way to mess up a good thing, they usually find it. I could do a better job running Microsoft as a part time CEO than Ballmer can full time. How he and the Board remain in power is a mystery to be solved in some future HBS case study.

  6. Just a guy

    Aargh!! Darn it those microsofties are clever. If it wasn’t for directx and the fact that like 90% of all major new computer games require windows I wouldn’t even have a windows box at home. My only reason to have windows is to run games. Anything productive I use a computer for is done on another OS. Except for directx there really isn’t anything on any version of windows that is compelling to me as a home user. The idea of forking over hundreds of dollars simply to have a platform to run games really irks. I could use that cash to buy a better video card.

  7. cybersupam

    thanks man, u saved me from reinstalling my windows 7

  8. Minnesota Burns

    You sound like a child that just learned a new word.

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