As soon as you upgrade your system, Microsoft automatically activates your Windows 10 copy in the background, assuming that you’ve upgraded from genuine Windows 7 or 8 versions.Since the Windows system doesn’t display any “Successfully Activated” type of messages, there will be a bit of confusion whether the installed or upgraded version of Windows is activated or not.

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You might be a victim of a software counterfeiting.

Before you can install Microsoft Security Essentials, you must have a genuine and properly licensed copy of Windows on this computer.

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When you purchase a computer that comes with Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows 8, that copy of Windows is tied to your computer’s hardware.

Is your computer still the same computer if you change its graphics card? Microsoft doesn’t spell out the exact hardware changes that can cause a Windows PC to become non-genuine, but we know that changing the following hardware components can cause this: The motherboard and CPUThe processor remains one of the most important components in a modern computer.

Upgrading it can provide significant benefits in certain games and applications, particularly if you are switching from a dual-core or quad-core model,... Many components are simply soldered on to the motherboard and others, though technically replaceable, are restricted by technical skill and cost.

The confusion is particularly true if you’ve reinstalled Windows 10.

So, if you ever need to, here is how you can check to see if your Windows 10 system is activated or not through different methods.

This type of malware is very similar to ransomware because it can restrict access to your computer and make your computer very difficult to use.

The fake notification basically holds a Windows computer hostage, just like ransomware, but instead of offering instructions on how to ‘pay a fine’ or remove the restriction as ransomware does, the “Validate copy of your Microsoft Windows” alert wants victims to “contact support.” Overview Validate copy of your Microsoft Windows This copy of Windows did not pass genuine Validation.

Obviously I know that when installing the software it asks for the code and if you pass that point it is valid, but I'm thinking of checking a code before installing to verify its authenticity.