Activated, but sometimes shows not?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by RASelkirk, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. RASelkirk

    RASelkirk MDL Member

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    Hi All,

    I occasionally get this message in the lower RH corner of my desktop, even though my copy is legit and has been registered through MS. When I right-click on "My Computer" and select "properties", it goes away and Windows shows to be registered correctly. WTF is causing this? Malwarebytes hasn't found anything and I continuously check taskmanager and Sysinternals process explorer for rogue programs...

    TIA!

    Russ
     

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    half Man Half Biscuit MDL Addicted

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    Just wanted to say acrsn is always the first MDL friendly neighbour to help wit issues :hug2:

    BTW i know i wrote neighour wrong :eek: (even here :eek:)
     
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  3. RASelkirk

    RASelkirk MDL Member

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    #3 RASelkirk, Dec 7, 2011
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    Thanks, sometimes I tend to forget about the obvious. :biggrin: Although neither showed any errors, I'll wait and see if this helped any...

    Russ

    EDIT: Still popping up randomly, still goes away when clicking "properties" under "my computer"...
     
  4. stream

    stream MDL Member

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    #4 stream, Dec 7, 2011
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    This is a known issue which occurs when the startup type of Software Protection Service is changed from its default setting of Automatic (Delayed Start) to Manual.

    Restore it & restart & your problem will go away. :)

    PS Actually Software Protection Service is a very misleading term.

    m$ did not want to draw attention to this service by calling it Windows Activation Service, which is what it actually is! :mad:

    win 7 will never be shown as activated if this service is stopped or disabled.
     
  5. RASelkirk

    RASelkirk MDL Member

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    Well, I had mine set to manual, imagine that! Trying to save a few CPU cycles by turning off junk I don't use... I switched it back, but what if I were to leave it set to "manual"? Does this do anything other than pop up that message?

    Thanks!

    Russ
     
  6. stream

    stream MDL Member

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    None that has been documented so far.

    But since win 7 is very complex (or should we say muddled-up?) & one stands to gain very little by way of performance, it is not recommended to change this particular setting.
     
  7. RASelkirk

    RASelkirk MDL Member

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    Got it, thanks! Will leave it on auto-delay start...

    Russ