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Windows 7: preparing your Desktop stuck - then not genuine message


26 Jul 2011   #1

win 7 pro 32
 
 
preparing your Desktop stuck - then not genuine message

Hi! So I have an issue where I go to log in and the Preparing Your Desktop message goes on for a long time and the hard drive does not sound busy. task manager shows only 4 processes and will not let me see "all users" processes. I have rebooted onto my install dvd and it said that my disk was missing system property (or something like that). I rebooted and still hanging at the preparing your desktop message. I decided to let it sit for a while (went back an hour or so later). I wiggled the mouse and the light blue screen has the following message in the bottom right corner:
Code:
Windows 7
Build 7601
This copy of Windows is not genuine
Recent history:
1 disk with C partition had Vista. Installed Windows 7 (dualboot) into G partition of the same drive. I have finished transferring all of my programs over, so I moved the MBR from C to G (thanks to the help here in sevenforums) and reformatted the C drive.

I installed UBUNTU on different physical drive (using the Bios to determine when I want to boot on the other drive).

I decided to clean up by first drive. Using the boot CD for Partition Wizard, I got rid of the C drive and expanded the G drive to the left. I shrank the resulting G drive a little on the right to let me expand the remaining data partition to the left so that all space is allocated to D (recovery from Gateway), G (Windows 7), and J (data).

I rebooted back and forth between Windows and Unix a couple of times and everything seems fine.

In unix I mounted the J drive and files looked fine. I did NOT mount the Win 7 partition.

Late last night, I went to boot back into Win 7 and I fell asleep at the keyboard waiting for it to reboot/log in. I remember waking up and seeing a message that said something like "You must reboot your system for updates to take affect". I clicked OK to reboot and went to bed.

Now this morning that is what I get - stuck at Preparing your desktop, and now that I have waited long enough, I get the genuine message.. I have tried logging into all 3 accounts that are configured - same thing. I have been running Win 7 for probably a year or more.

Did I lose the geuine (whatever it checks) when I moved the MBR? Or maybe when I resized the Win 7 drive?

What can I do to fix this? I have the original install DVD. Should I roll back whatever change was installed last night? Or do I have to reactivate my license or something like that?

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26 Jul 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I would just reactivate the liscense if you are legit it shouldn't be a problem. You may have to phone in

Anyhow here's the two activation methods most people use.
Activate Windows 7 by Phone

Activate Windows 7 Online
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26 Jul 2011   #3

win 7 pro 32
 
 

It starts with pressing the Start button - I don't get that far... Do I boot from the DVD?
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26 Jul 2011   #4

win 7 pro 32
 
 

I ran the command on my laptop to get the phone number - but it says i need to be at the PC with the activation window open.

I am stuck trying to log in.
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26 Jul 2011   #5

win 7 pro 32
 
 

Maybe I should boot off of DVD and undo last change? Or is this genuinity thing going to be an issue?
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26 Jul 2011   #6

win 7 pro 32
 
 

Well... booting off the DVD, I tried restoring to a previous save point, but no save point is found.

Trying repair shows everything successful... OS Boot is success...

when I boot off the disk, I get the login screen with my user icons. I choose any of the 3 (they all perform the same result), get stuck at Preparing your desktop, press ctl-alt-del and see the menu of 5 items in the middle. When I hit escape, I get the light blue screen witht the not genuine message in the lower right.

I can't get to an activationscreen.

I can boot from the DVD and get a command prompt option (from the DVD). Does that help me?
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26 Jul 2011   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

What's the source of the dvd you are working off of?
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26 Jul 2011   #8

win 7 pro 32
 
 

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit (upgrade)
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26 Jul 2011   #9

win 7 pro 32
 
 

I was originally going to do the 64bit, but it did not like my dvd drive, so I went with the 32bit just to get it going.
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26 Jul 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Did you use this installation method?
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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