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Windows 7: Not geniune - Trying to remedy with purchased OS

24 Nov 2010   #1
eldevioso

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Not geniune - Trying to remedy with purchased OS

I am getting the "Not Geniune" message. Most likely it truly isn't geniune, as a friend gave it to me when he went to Mac.

However, I went out and bought the same version, Win7 ultimate x64 from NewEgg. Is there a way to "cure" my existing install, using the newly purchased software, without having to wipe it out completely? I don't have a lot on here yet, but, would save me the time nonetheless.

Quick assistance much appreciated.


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24 Nov 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

If you could or could not is not important, uninstall and install lthe genuine one. If it is a countefeit you do not know whats in it.
Virus
Tracking software
Who knows
Do it the long way now to save time later.
If you had a qualifyin OS before the non genuine install, you can and should make a clean install with format. In your case the format is very important.
YOu will reinstall programs etc after the install.
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24 Nov 2010   #3
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

You can run a Repair Install.

Repair Install

That will fix tampered licensing files and any other "customizations". Before running the repair install, also see if you can figure out what cracks/activators were used and uninstall them manually, Google is your friend.
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25 Nov 2010   #4
gregrocker

 

If you want just change the key, you can do so at Computer>Properties.

If no option shows there to Change Key, then open an elevated Command Line, type:

slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx (insert Product key in place of xxxx's)
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25 Nov 2010   #5
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you want just change the key, you can do so at Computer>Properties.

If no option shows there to Change Key, then open an elevated Command Line, type:

slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx (insert Product key in place of xxxx's)
If the licensing files are messed, simply changing the key will not work.
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25 Nov 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Dont you think that with a cracked copy its best to start fresh? There may be more on that OS than windows.
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25 Nov 2010   #7
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Dont you think that with a cracked copy its best to start fresh? There may be more on that OS than windows.
A crack is a crack, its not malware in the traditional sense. All it does is alter some files that fools the system into thinking the copy of windows is genuine. So its quite possible to repair those files and get going.
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25 Nov 2010   #8
nitroman84

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

I wouldn't chance it, but then again I am extremely anal about my Windows install. Just start clean and never look back.
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25 Nov 2010   #9
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you want just change the key, you can do so at Computer>Properties.

If no option shows there to Change Key, then open an elevated Command Line, type:

slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx (insert Product key in place of xxxx's)
If the licensing files are messed, simply changing the key will not work.

So it would need a Repair Install at the minimum to repair files added by the crack?

What about possible changes made to the boot sector? Should the HD be zeroed as a precaution?
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25 Nov 2010   #10
nitroman84

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you want just change the key, you can do so at Computer>Properties.

If no option shows there to Change Key, then open an elevated Command Line, type:

slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx (insert Product key in place of xxxx's)
If the licensing files are messed, simply changing the key will not work.

So it would need a Repair Install at the minimum to repair files added by the crack?

What about possible changes made to the boot sector? Should the HD be zeroed as a precaution?
Personally that is how I do any install, normally a secure erase with parted magic. It may be overkill but I like to start with a clean disk.
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