Re-activating Windows 7 at Home

University-owned computers have to "talk" to campus once every 180 days in order for Windows and Office to stay activated. If you miss the deadline, you can either bring your computer to campus or follow the steps below to re-activate Windows.



From time to time, users who have work laptops and desktops may find that Windows reports them to be "Not Genuine" or that they "Need to Activate." The computer must communicate on a semi-regular basis with the campus activation servers to avoid these messages.

To re-activate your Windows 7 home computer follow these steps:

1. Connect your computer to the campus network with the campus VPN

2. Go to the Start menu

3. Right-click on "Computer" and choose "Properties"

4. In the Properties window, you will see the message that Windows needs to activate:

Message - Windows Needs to be Activated


5. Click the "Activate Windows now" link and wait for the message that activation was successful.



If you experience any errors or problems, please contact the Helpdesk.




Keywords:activation, genuine, windows, home, work from home, home computer, vpn, activate, license   Doc ID:65203
Owner:Allison P.Group:University of Illinois - ACES
Created:2016-07-18 14:44 CDTUpdated:2016-12-07 13:04 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois - ACES
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