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My laptop is telling me that my Windows Vista program is a counterfeit copy, this laptop is 1 1/2 years old and has worked fine till now

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Windows genuine advantage checks the product key from time to time. Usually during an update. There are a lot of false positives reported. If you believe this is the case call microsoft. If you can prove you own the software weather purchased separately or preinstalled with laptop purchase they will fix it.

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