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I've had my Toshiba Laptop for 1 month now and just today I got a message saying that my Windows 7 is not activated and may be counterfeit. I can't afford to pay $109.00 for the product key. How do I fix this?

Hello Leeann

Flip your laptop over as there should be the product activation key underneath.  I would first suggest restarting the computer and then RIGHT CLICK on my computer and choose PROPERTIES. There you will see the product information about your laptop and see if it is or is not already activated. If it isn't then click to activate and allow it to do it automatically. If it fails, then choose 'enter new key' and enter the key from the sticker on the bottom. If that fails then go through the telephone support. It is automated (not a human) and will present you with a long key that you will have to repeat. It will then ask you "on how many computers is this for?" or something like that.. you just say 'one" and that should do it.  Note that you will only have to choose telephone activation if the online one fails.

Hope this helps


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