I have occasionally received the prompt that my copy of Win 7 is not genuine. It is! Going through the MS validation rigamarole always gets rid of it, but it then reappears months later.
I now know that the message appears when I clone one of my drives to an external drive -- but not every time, something I do on a scheduled basis. It appeared today in the middle of cloning my Drive D, which contains only data and no system files. Because I didn't want to interrupt the clone by downloading and installing the validation software, I removed the notice, thinking it would reappear when the clone was finished. Instead, when the clone completed normally, I could find no download icon for the validation, the info about my Win7 said it was not genuine, and everything stopped working.
I disconnected the cloned external drive, rebooted, and saw everything come up normally with no "Not Genuine" notices. My questions is: does MS routinely question the validity of the OS if one clones a drive, non-system or not? If it doesn't, what causes these messages.
Thanks in advance