Software piracy is quite predominant among computer users these days. Windows operating system is recorded to be illegally used by about 57% of global users. In 2006, to combat the rate of Windows operating system piracy, Windows introduced Windows Genuine Advantage.
This feature will check your computer’s product keys against thousands of blacklisted product keys. If yours is found wanting, the effect will be an occasional change of your wallpaper and background every 60 minutes.
It will also add a notification on your background, prompting you to “Activate Windows.” Until you use a genuine product key, your computer will be exempted from Windows updates. Often, users with genuine product keys may also encounter this warning.
Some may decide to either remove the Windows Genuine Advantage after it’s been installed or bypass the online validation. If you’ll prefer to have the constant Windows checkup to stay up-to-date or you wish to find out why your genuine Windows is giving you this error, the Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool (MGADiag) is the way around.
Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool
The Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool ran a check on your Windows and gives you various pieces of information or clue as to why parts of your system appear to be ingenuine – as reported by the Windows Genuine Advantage. It also helps in resolving a few issues and sending errors to Windows (with your permission)
Most users used MGADiag to confirm if their machines are still in the grace period. The Grace period is the amount of free time Microsoft gives illegal Windows users before it sanctions their computers.
During this time, Microsoft believes that unlawful users would get hooked, change their minds, and purchase the genuine Windows version. As Bill Gates puts it, “They’ll get addicted, and then we’ll collect.”
The tool, however, appears to have been deprecated now.
Can I use Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool on Windows 10?
The reason people use MGADiag.exe is to find out if their Windows is genuine; however, MGADiag isn’t built to run on Windows 10.
How to validate Windows 10 product key
1] Check using the Slmgr Command
To check if your Windows 10 license is genuine, click the Win + R
slmgr.vbs /dli then strike Enter.
slmgr means Software License Manager while .vbs means Visual Basic Script.
In the pop-up window, if you see “Volume_” activation expiration or any text in this line, know your Windows is cracked with an activator software and isn’t legal.
2] Check via Windows 10 settings
You can also check if Windows is genuine via the Settings app. Go to Start menu > Settings > Update & Security. Then locate the Activation section.
If your Windows is genuine, you’ll see “Windows is activated with a digital license.”
3] Check with Command Prompt
Alternatively, you can check if Windows 10 is genuine with the admin command prompt.
- Click the Start menu and type Command Prompt,
- Right-click on Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.
- Copy and paste
slmgr –dlvthen hit Enter.
Check details in the pop-up window. To see the Windows expiry date, replace the above command with slmgr -xpr and hit Enter.
Report Windows 10 Activation errors
If your Windows 10 is genuine, but you still receive errors relating to an ingenuine software, you can follow up by using the steps below.
- Open Administrative command prompt then paste the code below and hit Enter:
Licensingdiag.exe -report %userprofile%\desktop\report.txt -log %userprofile%\desktop\repfiles.cab
- Copy the result and upload to One Drive, then locate the txt file Windows created on your desktop then upload both to One Drive
- Go to the Microsoft Product Activation Call Center and lay your report.
Sometimes Windows may report your PC product key to be ingenuine, if you hit this brick way, using the steps above you can get a status report of your PC and submit it to Microsoft Support.