I have been running my HP laptop with W7pro installed with an msdn key since April 29th. That installation was activated and validated on Thursday, 29 April 2010, 7:56:45 AM; I know because I took screenshots. The system has been updating automatically ever since.] Last night when I went to bed all was OK; but when the system resumed this morning [July 30th.] there was the black screen, no desktop background and the dreaded "not genuine" message had appeared. I came straight to the forum to see if there was anything new being reported; I saw & read the post relating to <Sticky: Not genuine after KB971033 update? Read this! >. When I searched my updates list, the only update in the last week was windows defender Definition Update for Windows Defender - KB915597 (Definition 1.87.582.0) Installation date: 29/07/2010 4:35 PM Installation status: Successful Update type: Important Install this update to revise the definition files used to detect spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Once you have installed this item, it cannot be removed. But what caught my attention was that it was Thursday, 29 April 2010, 7:56:45 AM as well that the update kb971003 had been installed. So does this mean that 971003 automatically updates itself surrepticiously; or does it mean that 971003 arms itself for a 3 month time bomb - or is something else going on? What do I do?