It may or may not be fishy. I am a business that has problems with this as well. Just like 1000,s of other businesses across the nation. Including Dell,HP and about all other type business that deals with large amount of licences.
Microsoft has released 2 versions of update KB971033 that is a wat update that forces windows 7 to call home every 90 days to check the validity of windows 7 key files and registration. If there is any mismatching files or any customization or damage to any of these files the OS will deactivate and report as possible fraud.
Problem is that false positives happen in the 1000,s on any given week due to any one of a 10000,000 reasons lol. Every call to Microsoft has resulted i the same result for me at least.
I quote, "update KB971033 is a voluntary update and WILL NOT download or install it,s self. You have to select it and force install it. Use this update at your own risk, we have the right to try to curve possible fraud as we see possible"
So in other words KB971033 is just spyware and if I was you. Stop installing voluntary experimental software and you wont have any more problems.
Out of 237 licences sold I have had 10 of them report as not genuine due to this update. Each time I get a sorry but just don't use the update if you don't like the result.
This is after a 1 week investigation into the problem.
Want proof of this ? Just google it Link 1
Thou it has helped sniff out some fraud it has also ***** on a lot of paying legit customers to.
Also remember there are 4 versions of windows 7 licencing and they do NOT activate all the same.
2. OEM retail
3. volume MSDN or technet direct download small business
4. volume MSDN or technet royalty large business.
The volume licensed activate on entirely different servers.
We have been told that the volume direct download copies suffer problems the worst.
Sooooooooooooo your copy may be perfectly legal and just got hit by the Microsoft phone home spyware and don't stress it.
my advice is do not install update kb971033 , it is a voluntary update and still experimental and it is spyware at it,s worst.
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