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Windows 7: Activation Problems

11 Aug 2009   #1

Activation Problems

Hey guys!

This is my first post on the forums and unfortunately it's not a good one. I removed the watermark on Windows 7 Ultimate RC Build 7100 and it stayed away for a month or two. But whenever I went into System Properties it used to say Not Available (See System Properties Activation.jpg in attachments).
But since a week ago a watermark came back but it was saying Windows Is Not Genuine (See Capture.jpg in attachments).And everytime I log on the screen goes black and a pop-up appears saying You may be a victim of Software Counterfeiting. And everytime I open a Windows-Included program like NotePad, Paint etc., A pop-up Appears saying To use this feature without interruption get Genuine Windows. And I used a Genuine RC Product key from Microsoft. Any help?


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11 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 7

Similar problems have been reported by others (maybe you should try searching before posting) this response in another thread might help you...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
Antman is right, there are numerous reports of Watermark Removal tools causing Windows to become non-genuine. The best option is to run Command Prompt as administrator then type SFC /SCANNOW as this will revert all system files to their default state. You should then be able to activate the RC through normal channels.

Hope this helps

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11 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 RTM 64bit, Windows 8 Pro 64bit

Welcome to the 7forums!

Personally I would suggest to rather do a clean install of the RC, and to leave the watermark there.

Or download and install one of the leaked versions of the RTM (Just make sure the hashes are correct). That wil give you 4 months of use. (rearming). And no watermark.
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11 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)

You removed that watermark, doing that messed with the system in some way. Should have just left it alone.
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11 Aug 2009   #5


You cracked the OS. Don't crack the OS. Run the OS uncracked.

Cracked OS = issues.

I'm all Cracked out now.
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11 Aug 2009   #6

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

The key is expired mate. Go for a clean install.
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11 Aug 2009   #7


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
Similar problems have been reported by others (maybe you should try searching before posting) this response in another thread might help you...
Thanks for All the quick replies!
@Stranger I did do a search but I found no solutions that worked!
I'm gonna try @Strangers method now and post back.
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11 Aug 2009   #8


OK, I tried Strangers method but I still get the same error and When I try to open Slui.exe (Activation Program) I get the error in SLUI.EXE Error which I have attached.Anymore Ideas?

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11 Aug 2009   #9


And I'd rather not go for the clean install as I have a lot of stuff on this system and Windows 7 is the only OS on it!
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11 Aug 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)

Well then just do a repair/upgrade install. That will keep your apps, data and most of your settings, and while you're at it, might be a good idea to upgrade to the RTM build. (Yes, it can be done, see: Engineering Windows 7 : Delivering a quality upgrade experience).

An upgrade install to the RTM build worked great for me. The standard clean install advice, is, imo, a bit outdated. Yes, a clean install is always arguably the best or better, but Windows 7 is much better at doing upgrade installs than any of the previous incarnations of Windows. I would give it a try. You just might be delighted with the results, as I was (after a few minor tweaks and adjustments that took less than 30 minutes). Worst case, you're not satisfied with the results and still have the option to clean install anyway.
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