KB971003 – Do Not Install This Update (unless?)


For Windows 7 Users


Microsoft came out last week with an update KB971003 that tries to validate Windows 7 upon install and if you don’t have a legitimate validated version, then it will change your wallpaper to black and start shutting you down if you can’t provide it with a legitimate validated key. It checks for several cracks that get around the validation and tries to remove them. If it prompts to restart, then it has probably already done it. All this is done in the background. What makes it worse is that it will keep checking your validation about every 90 days.

Windows Activation Technologies check your systems file and tell you whether the Windows you are using is Genuine Or not. Windows Activation Technologies protect against the risks of counterfeit . Windows Activation Technologies in Windows 7 consists of activation and validation components that contain anti-piracy features.

  • Activation is an anti-piracy technology that verifies the key for the copy of Windows 7 that is running on your computer. The product key is a 25-character code that is on the Certificate of Authenticity label or on the proof of license label. These labels are included with each genuine copy of Windows. A genuine product key can only be used on the number of computers that are specified in a software license.
  • Validation is an process that enables you to verify that the copy of Windows 7 that is running on your computer is activated correctly and is genuine.

Microsoft is well known for it’s constant tricks to make sure you are running a legitimate (according to them) copy of Windows. There have been numerous problems in the past with legitimate copies failing their validation process for numerous reasons that are well documented elsewhere. This is another one with the exception that this one will reside on your system running in the background and checking about every 90 days to make sure you copy is still “Genuine” (according to them).

The Fix

Just don’t install the update. Due to people really getting upset about them putting things on like this, they are making it an optional update so just check your updates and make sure you haven’t already installed it. Hopefully, you probably wouldn’t have if you pay any attention to what updates you get. They will probably be putting it out throughout the month or else their servers would probably go crazy with all the validation checks. Hopefully, you don’t have it yet. If you already do have it but everything still seems fine, then it just hasn’t activated yet and you should still be about to remove it from add/remove programs.

This update applies on Windows 7 Enterprise,Windows 7 Home Basic,Windows 7 Home Premium,Windows 7 Professional,Windows 7 Ultimate


If you do want to validate your install and risk being told that the Windows 7 software you spent over $100 for is not Genuine, then this update package is available through Windows Update and Microsoft Download Center.You may use following link to download it:-

Download link for 32 bit (x86)

Download link for 64 bit (x64)

Do NOT Download Unless You Do Want To Validate Your Copy


One thought on “KB971003 – Do Not Install This Update (unless?)

  1. Thanks – you verified what I read elsewhere but was too late. BUT – thank goodness I made a restore point immediately after the initial install process.

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