I bought my laptop from dell about 3 years ago with Windows 7 already installed on it. Yesterday on the bottom right corner of my display, it started saying that my copy of windows may not be genuine. Then today there was a popup that said the same thing. It provided a link to click to verify my version was legit, but I just clicked away the box instead of following the link. Since my warranty has expired with Dell and I refuse to pay to speak to someone about the issue, I was wondering if anyone could provide me with any answers? Thanks in advance!
You may try to activate Windows using the product key located at the bottom panel of the laptop. Alternatively, you may try the following steps.
Update the BIOS of the computer:
If the issue still persists, then it is advisable to perform PC restore, which means taking the computer back to factory defaults to eradicate any software issues.
Note: We would advise you to take a complete backup of your data (pictures, music, videos, and documents) as this step leads to complete data loss. Please disconnect any external peripherals as well.
To perform PC restore:
You may click on the link for more information http://dell.to/Wj1rZe
Please reply if you have any questions.
If you have upgraded to Windows 8, you would need to perform a clean installation using the Windows 7 operating system disc. You may refer to the following link on Windows 7 Manual Reinstall http://dell.to/Qe7jyP
Hope this information helps.