I have run up against a rather interesting issue and I am not sure if it is hardware or software related. It almost seems to me that there is an agent that is actively causing issues and I'll explain why. I purchased a laptop with Windows 7 professional on it about 4 years ago. This machine has been running great for me since then. The laptop is running Windows 7 with an Intel i7 desktop processor, 6 GB of RAM and a mirrored 500GB system drive. Recently there have been a series of unusual event. The RAID utility on the computer gave me a message that the RAID had degraded and it started checking and rebuilding. This happened a couple of times and is a pretty good argument for a hardware issue. However, a few days after the RAID issue was repaired I got a message that my copy of windows was not genuine and asked me to resolve the issue online. It looked pretty official but I contacted the company I got the computer from first. Shortly after I got this message though the RAID once again showed that it was checking and rebuilding. The company where I got the computer told me to go through the hoops and once I got to the point of entering the CD key things would be fine. So I tried this approach but after running the validation test that they do it just took me right to an order form for Windows 7. I know my copy is genuine since it came with the computer and it's been running fine for 4 years. What is making me wonder if there isn't a malicious element is the fact that A) If I look in the system properties it still says windows is genuine there and there is no watermark on the desktop stating otherwise. Each time I get this message the RAID utility starts again almost like malicious software is changing a file on my system and the RAID is trying to fix it.
I wanted to do a Windows update to make sure I had the latest and greatest validation software installed but Microsoft, in thier infinite wisdom has locked down Windows Update since for some reason they think the OS is not genuine. I really don't know which way to go so I thought I would at least run it by the experts to see what my next steps should be. Thank you in advance for anything you might be able to tell me.