Now, bare with me if Im completely newbie here, I just want to learn couple of things so I ask people who know, I take its better to ask than to search for an answer for something youre not even familiar with. So my Windows 7 EP x64 got the genuine alert. Probably because I removed Zone Alarm (kept causing BSOD) and installed MS Essentials. I dont know where exactly did I get (dl) my copy of W7, but Im wondering, is there (is it even possible) a version of W7 (other than $$$ version) that is completely "clean", simple plug-n-play, no KMS, no activations, no nothing, just format-install-update(if you want)? Also, could someone explain briefly this activation...if it depends on servers that fool MS servers, that means MS can easily see what IP addresses use "free" Windows? Right?