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Windows 7: System Image Restore Failure, "Windows not genuine", help please!

15 Jun 2013   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
System Image Restore Failure, "Windows not genuine", help please!

Okay so I've just did a system image restore onto a brand new hard drive that i've purchased.
My intentions were to basically transfer everything from my old HD to the new one.
I had saved the System Image on an external HD.
I disconnected my old HD before starting up the system image recovery process because for some strange reason it wouldn't select my new HD for the recovery process without me having to select the old one too.
It went through recovery fine.
It booted into the new HD FINE.
I shut down the computer to reconnect my old HD and use it as a slave.
Then during boot it said something along the lines of "Having problems starting up" so it recommended that I go through this quick recover of some sort so I did, knowing that I connected the old HD it must've caused spme sort of confusion with the OSs?
After going through the quick recovering with the startup, it had me choose between OSs, "Windows 7" or "Windows 7 professional"
The result in goin into "Windows 7" was a message saying "Missing Operating System".
The result in going into "Windows 7 Professional as I logged in was an empty windows with blue wallpaper and a message in the corner saying that my Windows isn't genuine??!

Please, what do I do to fix this.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Jun 2013   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit


For the sake or resolving this issue I d/c'ed my new HD and just had my old HD connected so I can get back into my OS and somehow get somewhere with this from there.
It turns out that my old HD is the OS with the "Missing Operating System"?!
I'd done absolutely nothing to my old HD for this to happen!!
The ONLY thing I had done before disconnecting was performing a System image backup.
Lucky me hey?

**UPDATE 2**
My main concern here is that I would like to access my NEW HD.
My intentions for the OLD HD was to format it anyway.
The System Image is still in my external HD.

**UPDATE 3**

When doing the system image recovery I wanted to exclude the OLD HD because the screenshot shown would've happened for reasons unknown. If anybody knows what that means then maybe i would understand the problem. Maybe.
I now have both of my HDs deleted and unallocated.
So why is this message still popping up when I try to restore to my NEW HD?
For some reason it NEEDS to include my OLD HD but why? Can somebody please ellaborate?

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15 Jun 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

1. Go I understand that right - your old HD works perfectly well but if you disconnect it and want to work with the new HD you get the problems.

2. Which program did you use for imaging - I hope not Windows 7 imaging.

3. Post a picture of your Disk Management. That will help to unravel this.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Jun 2013   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I hope not Windows 7 imaging
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jun 2013   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

the screenshot before was the result of 'excluding' the OLD HD and ATTEMPTING to make the NEW HD my OS HD.
The screenshot now is the result of NOT excluding the OLD HD and just doing a system image recovery regardless which HD it's formatting.
Conclusion, it won't let me restore period.?
Please help!

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