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Windows 7: Cloned HDD - getting 'This is not a genuine copy' message - HELP

4 Weeks Ago   #11
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
I wouldnt have one massive partition if it has problems you loose the lot if you split it you have better chance
+1! I too recommend having a separate data paritition, much less possibility of of data loss if OS craters and a restore or rebuild or reinstall is called for.


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4 Weeks Ago   #12
ZaphodB

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (now looking at Linux Mint!)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Oghma Infinium View Post
Hi ,

you may find a good tutorial here : Convert MBR to GPT
it applies to Win10 , but the process is the same for Win7

If you're looking for infos regarding how are booting WindowsNT6.0 (& above) on GPT drive in UEFI mode and MBR drive in legacy BIOS mode ; have a look here : Windows NT 6 boot process (warning , it's deeply technical)

You may also be aware of having a 'System Reserved' and its workarounds : What 'boot' & system volumes are ? (essential knowledge)
and how to get rid of the
'System Reserved' partion,safely (not like there : sevenforum tutorial )

there are also others tools to boot on GPT drive in Legacy BIOS mode , but these are highly experimental and may refer to what's called 'hybrid partitioning'

If you are looking for the genuine OEM tool to activate your PC : Windows 7 OEM Applying OEM System Locked Preinstallation Activation , this works offline. You may check your ACPI tables for SLIC 2.1 with this tool FirmwareTablesView v1.01 , to be sure that you can use the OEM tool . you still have to know which Win7 was installed (HOME, PRO, ULTIMATE ..)

That's fantastic info - many thanks.

I have run a tool (can't remember the name - somthing like APT - from raymond.cc) that has recovered the OEM licence and can be used to re-activate windows on the same machine but on a different hard disk (my scenario).

Zaph
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4 Weeks Ago   #13
Oghma Infinium

WinXP x86 Pro - Win7 Ultimate x86 / Win10 Pro x64
 
 

You're welcome

beware with advices that lead to use 'RWEverything'. This tool infects your UEFI in NvRAM.

Be sure of what really do software when they recover your product key with some software. Some had surprises as many tools do not provide any relevant information.
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