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Windows 7: Build 7601 Windows not genuine

14 Jul 2012   #11
ItsMeHolly

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

He will probably just live with it. So far we have been able to do anything we have needed to do. Including downloading, installing and uninstalling things. As well as updates are coming through just fine.

The HP lady said even if we bought a new windows 7 it would not take because "it has nothing to hold onto because the BIOS is wiped out" were her words.

The laptop has been sitting on a desk since we bought it. So yea I wanted it to last a wee bit longer!

The what key?? on the back of the laptop?? I can give it a go!


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14 Jul 2012   #12
NoelDP

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

The HP lady was talking BS!
Neither Retail nor OEM System Builder licenses take ANY notice of the BIOS tables at all.

Yep, the Key on the Microsoft sticker on the bottom of the case (on some machines it can be in the battery compartment - but that's a recent innovation for most companies.)
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14 Jul 2012   #13
ItsMeHolly

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

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does this work? this is what the back looks like.


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14 Jul 2012   #14
ItsMeHolly

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

But I did the keyfinder and found the keys. Would the sticker have a different number?
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14 Jul 2012   #15
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Noel,
What is the chance that to at least restore the bios to a usable format (she said it had all zeros), that she simply installs the latest bios update using a usb stick or even a good ol' dos floppy?

Extremely unusual to have a zeroed bios. Maybe the battery for the cmos is dead?
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14 Jul 2012   #16
NoelDP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ItsMeHolly View Post
But I did the keyfinder and found the keys. Would the sticker have a different number?
That looks truly unreadable
the Key should be above the bar code (which doesn't actually have the Key present), and it looks horrible.

@Karl
Not much chance at all - BIOS updates generally are supposed NOT to have the SLIC tables in, to prevent people updating to a different/new OS.
The history is that perhaps one in 30 may work - and sometimes I suspect something else was actually the cause of the 'cure'.

What teh HP tech did, I have no idea - I've never heard that response before (I didn't realise that they had such diagnostics on their machines), but it's fairly plain that they took a look at one specific area (the SLIC table), and rather than containing viable license data, it had been wiped clean.

The current BIOS is v2.4 dated 25 Nov 2009 - model is G71-449WM - so the update to v2.7 is certainly worth a try (from the link) HP Notebook System BIOS Update (Intel Processors) HP G71-449WM Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)=
but since it claims to be for both Vista and Win7, I doubt it will change anything.
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14 Jul 2012   #17
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Noel,
I'm like you. I have no idea what the HP tech did and find the response extremely unusual. Maybe something got "lost in translation".
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14 Jul 2012   #18
NoelDP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ItsMeHolly View Post
But I did the keyfinder and found the keys. Would the sticker have a different number?
Computers that come pre-installed with Windows from large manufacturers usually come with two Product Keys.

OEM SLP: This is the key that came in Windows (from the factory). It works by connecting to a BIOS flag (the SLIC table) found only on computers from that Manufacturer. Once it sees the correct BIOS flag, it self activates. (this is the one in your report, and the one that the Keyfinder found)

COA SLP: This is the key seen on the sticker located on the side, bottom or in the battery compartment of your machine. The purpose of this key is to be used in the case the OEM SLP self-activation stops working for whatever reason.
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14 Jul 2012   #19
ItsMeHolly

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I tried the BIOS update and it didn't change anything. I looked at the bios thing again and it still had all zeros. Why would this even happen???

The way yall talk back and forth makes me feel dumb.. I am just sitting here like I have no clue what yall are talking about. I like it
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14 Jul 2012   #20
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

If you would rather, we will say nothing.

We are agreeable (hard to believe, eh?).
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