How to Activate Windows Genuine

by Erwin McIntosh

The Windows Genuine Advantage and Office Genuine Advantage programs were created by Microsoft to combat software piracy. Microsoft also created the programs to "increase customer awareness of the value of genuine Microsoft Software." The 25-character product key that comes with your installation CD is necessary for your Windows Genuine Advantage to be activated. You can also download a new version of Windows to activate an official version of Windows Genuine Advantage.

Activating Windows Genuine Advantage

Insert your Windows installation CD.

Follow installation wizard prompts to activate your version of Windows. This will activate Windows Genuine Advantage. If you have an older version of Windows or a version that is not authentic, then you have to uninstall your current version of windows and then download or install a new and official version of Windows from Microsoft.

Accept the license agreement and finish the installation process.

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About the Author

Erwin McIntosh began writing professionally in 2004. He wrote for the News Record from 2004-2007. Publish America published his first novel in 2007. A martial artist since 1989, McIntosh is a teacher and a lacrosse coach in Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Cincinnati.

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