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User Experience

Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 display notifications and dialog boxes tailored to specific activation issues. Table 1 describes how these notifications and dialog boxes correspond to each issue.

Note   Windows Server 2008 core editions do not provide the notifications user experience.

Table 1. Balloons and Dialog Boxes for the Notifications State


Notification balloon

Corresponding dialog box

A newly installed copy of Windows has not been activated by the end of the activation grace period.





A previously activated copy of Windows detects computer hardware or basic input/output system (BIOS) changes requiring reactivation of Windows. Also, an activated KMS client does not reactivate itself within 180 days.




37-HW OOT.jpg

Windows was been activated using KMS and has not renewed its activation within 180 days plus a 30-day grace period.




37-KMS OOT.jpg

Online validation fails or an activation exploit is detected that enables un-authorized copies of Windows to bypass product activation.





Windows detects that a Windows licensing component has been changed.




37 - No Key.jpg

Windows detects that its licensing files have been changed.




37 - Reinstall.jpg

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