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Old September 13th, 2017, 17:02
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Default Windows 7 64 bit "this copy of windows is not genuine

I came home and the desktop had lost it background and I get the error in the lower right cornet "this copy of windows is not genuine, windows build 7601" What the flip is going on and how to fix it other then doing a restore? It seems to be working fine other then that so far.
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Old September 13th, 2017, 17:37
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Default Re: Windows 7 64 bit "this copy of windows is not genuine

You will probably have to re-authenticate over the automated phone system with the original certificate of authenticity (the key code) stuck on the back or side of the tower case. If it's a laptop, check inside the battery compartment or on the bottom of the machine.

I had to do this too with a Windows 7 machine when I replaced a failed hard drive some months ago.
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Old September 13th, 2017, 18:06
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This was a downloaded version of windows 7 64 bit. It looked like a ligit site and has been working great for a year or so. I have been unable to find the phone number to validate this and when I try the online link that comes up when I change users it goes around in circles.
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Old September 13th, 2017, 18:50
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If you don't have a product key for Windows 7, you're screwed. No amount of begging or pleading with MS without that key is going to get your pirated copy of Windows validated.

If you do, here is the procedure:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ow-to-activate
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Old September 13th, 2017, 19:57
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Do not know what to do. I have the key that came with the download. When I reboot I get "this is not a genuine windows" with options. When I click on "get genuine" I get more options. When I click on "go online to resolve" I go to the activation page. When I use option 2 "activate now" it starts and that is it. After a hour it was still running. When I use the link you gave it says to right click computer, select properties, then select activate now, there is no activate now in my properties. I guess I will have to rebuy windows 7 again. Did something like this with my previous windows 7 32 bit which is why I upgraded to 64 bit.
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Old September 13th, 2017, 20:11
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You have to try the phone activation.

On-line activation rarely works even with a genuine copy and the correct key code unless the softaware contacts the MS server direct when your system forst tries to authenticate.

The only time that usually works is for a reload of the same operating system via MS to the original computer. It looks for the OEM copy of the COA, finds it and activates it.

If you were loading Win 7 32 bit you probably wouldn't have any trouble because your OEM version would match the key code when Windows contacts the authentication server when your reload goes on-line.

You cannot trust on-line sellers of these so called 'valid, never used' COA's. They are temporary (as you found out) at best, and some won't work at all, but you won't know that until they have your money.

I am a registered Microsoft Refurbisher and I had to know all this crap before being awarded the 'status' if you will, from MS.
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Old September 13th, 2017, 20:56
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I am so screwed. When I go to the link provided and click the logo, right click computer, select properties it goes to control panal/system and security/system. There is a option at the bottom "you must activate windows today. activate windows now." There is also a "change product key" If I click on activate windows now, I get, this copy of windows is not genuine, go online and resolve now. If I click on that it just takes me to a blank page "go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=89429&OSV=6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.048.09.1 033&LS=3&LegitCheckError=C004C4A2&GenuineInfo=C004 F200&Channel=1&ErrCode=C004F200". If I click the change product key and select phone activation and type in the numbers that the computer shows it comes back as not valid. If I select buy new product key on line it sends me to a upgrade to windows 10. I do not want windows 10 so how do I get a valid product key for this stupid thing? Thanks
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Old September 13th, 2017, 21:10
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If you have the Certificate of Authenticity that came with your system you will have to reinstall the original OS and not use the fake key that is currently in the registry that you are attempting to use to validate a pirated copy of the 64 bit version.

You have to reload your computer with the original OS from MS using the original COA key code. If you do not have this you're screwed.

You will have to purchase a new, un-used, uninstalled COA key code from a trusted seller. There are a lot of sellers on e-bay selling copies of Windows 7 64 bit.

The last one I bought was around $60 for Win 7 Pro 64. Shop carefully, check and read their feedback, and check their guarantee for activation.

You want an un-used, factory sealed copy WITH a valid COA that has never been activated. This equates to being NOS or, New, Old Stock. It will validate the first time if it is genuine, but you will HAVE to do it by phone using the included COA.

Don't get a downloaded version with an e-mailed key-code. Get a hard copy, sealed, with the COA included in the box.

In the mean time, you should still be able to use Windows for most anything, but I wouldn't use it for anything critical like taxes, storing credit card numbers, or things of that nature.

Web browsing, playing music, etc. and you'll be good to go until you get the system re-installed. They don't want to completely disable your system otherwise you wouldn't be able to download Windows 10.
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Old September 13th, 2017, 21:21
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Default Re: Windows 7 64 bit "this copy of windows is not genuine

Will a OEM version, such as sold on amazon work?
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Old September 13th, 2017, 23:12
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No. Stop trying to cheap out on this. If you want your computer to run buy the software.

OEM is only for developers, and builders. An OEM version is going to look for your COA in the registry as see a 32 bit version and in-validate the install.

An OEM copy is only for when you don't have a restore disc but the original OEM key is in the registry. It will completely wipe your hard drive and restore it.
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Old September 15th, 2017, 14:08
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There is a known bug in win7 that shows valid keys as not valid that MS refuses to fix. This happens when a computer had a bios key for 32bit and is upgraded to 64bit using a different key. Try this: back up all your important data. deactivate the windows install https://usefulpcguide.com/17447/deac...s-product-key/ Reboot and it should ask you to register, do so using your current key. or give MS the finger and install Linux.
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Old September 15th, 2017, 16:15
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Default Re: Windows 7 64 bit "this copy of windows is not genuine

Sounds like a time to switch to a Linux version..........of your choice. There are only about 500 different FREE versions.........

Unless there is a reason, you JUST HAVE, to use Windows???

About the only time I plug my Windows box in, every 3 or 4 months, is to just try and keep up with all the updates! Once updated, I plug my Linux Mint box back in..........

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There is a known bug in win7 that shows valid keys as not valid that MS refuses to fix. This happens when a computer had a bios key for 32bit and is upgraded to 64bit using a different key. Try this: back up all your important data. deactivate the windows install https://usefulpcguide.com/17447/deac...s-product-key/ Reboot and it should ask you to register, do so using your current key. or give MS the finger and install Linux.
Sounds about what I did. I originally had windows 7 32 bit. I then installed on a clean install windows 7 64 bit. Using a different key. Will give that a try before doing anything else. I would go to linux except for all the editing programs that I have that are windows specific. I guess I could go to a dual boot or something.
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What editing programs do you use?
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You haven't told us if you tried the telephone authentication.
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Old September 15th, 2017, 20:01
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tried the phone authentication with the same results.

I am using Corel Video Studio for converting some of my old VHS to DVD.
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What hardware do you use to capture the video?
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Roxio easy VHS to DVD3. Probably not the most sophisticated but then these are VHS tapes.
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Roxio easy VHS to DVD3. Probably not the most sophisticated but then these are VHS tapes.
pita to get working under linux and some models don't work.
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What are the specs on the computer? If you want a good cheap computer these are good: https://www.amazon.com/HP-Elite-8300.../dp/B01HSH42LK
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