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Windows 7: Windows 7 not genuine error and other problems began at the same time

20 Sep 2013   #51
Electroman

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thanks! I'm going to give one of those a try. I've used the free version of MBAM for years for scans/removals, but have never tried the paid version. It has been my "go to" removal tool for a few years though.


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20 Sep 2013   #52
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

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21 Sep 2013   #53
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

I'll try and answer at least some of the questions you asked - note that these are opinions only, and may be based on limited knowledge!

1) Most times, the sort of errors you have are caused by system crashes - either from software, or from sudden power-outs.

2) I have to admit that I fool with the default system very little- effectively the only things I move off the C: drive are the user data folders (and ensure that I use the system's inbuilt tools for doing so).With SSD's there is absolutely no point in moving the pagefile off the C: drive, since there is no speed benefit to doing so.

3) I hate Norton in all its forms. Almost anything is better, IMNHO. Personally, I install MSE on all machines I come into contact with, and use the Windows Firewall. The combination rarely lets me down, but I also do weekly scans with MBAM , which finds things that get past MSE's barriers - mostly classed as 'PUP's

4) I'm the world's last person to ask about backups

5)IE 10 - the errors in the logs are cosmetic rather than real, caused by changes made to the registry for Windows 8 and failures in back-porting to Win7. I use IE 10 almost exclusively, and have no real problems with it.

6) I'd use diskpart to ensure proper MBR status, and a full (rather than quick) format - that's as much as you need to do. a full wipe is really unnecessary, and simply uses up the 'life' of a SSD drive.

7)Dunno - but you can apply what you've learned in the meantime to a clean install and possibly avoid any mistakes made during the previous pre-backup install.

8) I tend (as I said before) to run with pretty much a default setup on most of my machines, simply because I have better things to do that spend my life tweaking - and it also means that I can check most people's errors in a machine that relates to theirs without having to fire up yet another VM. (Yeah, I'm lazy like that!)

I've never used either of the programs you mention - but I have vague memories of Stardock products causing problems at some time in the past. Can't remember which product, or what OS, though, so don't quote me on it!


Good luck with your fresh install.
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21 Sep 2013   #54
Electroman

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thanks once again!!! Limited Knowledge I've worked on computers for a LONG time, and feel like an idiot in comparison.

I appreciate the advice. I decided to do a clean install. I'm putting it on my drive that was designated for apps, so I can leave C:| intact for a day or two. I will probably try MSE & MBAM. If I decide to use Stardock's software, I am going to install it last. I plan to install the OS & drivers and do a system image. Then install the most reliable programs-followed by a system image. Finally, I will install any "ify" software and take a final image.

It may be some work, but the peace of mind will be worth it. I've not lost any data, but have lost a significant amount of time. Hopefully, I'll be in better shape should this happen again.

I was really suspecting a virus/malware at the onset of all of these problems & was shocked when several utilities found nothing. I have a battery backup, so I wouldn't thing power loss was an issue, but who knows. Anyway, thanks again. You assistance has been very valuable to me! I'm going to leave this thread "open" until complete in case I have an issue!
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24 Sep 2013   #55
Electroman

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Well, I have got the system up an running and about 95% of my software back on, registered, & configured. I done about a half dozen restore points & system images, and I'm getting ready to install another imaging program & take another on-then copy a few to DVD. Maybe just a wee bit excessive, but I'm a bit paranoid at the moment...LOL. Do you have any suggestions of how I can "verify" that everything is well with my system? I have ran SFC /verifyonly a time or three. Thanks!!!
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24 Sep 2013   #56
sumandeb6888

Windows 8 Ultimate x64
 
 
humm...............

seems your windows activation time expired all have to do buy a new product key or activate it by activator it's not a big trouble
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24 Sep 2013   #57
Electroman

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

That's funny Sumandeb6888! I'm afraid that wasn't the issue. It is a legit & activated copy.
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25 Sep 2013   #58
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

<chuckle> - glad you seem to have got things sorted!
Good luck with the rest!
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25 Sep 2013   #59
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sumandeb6888 View Post
seems your windows activation time expired all have to do buy a new product key or activate it by activator it's not a big trouble
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