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Windows 7: Variant of Blue Desktop/Not Genuine Error after HDD Clone

26 Jul 2015   #1

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Variant of Blue Desktop/Not Genuine Error after HDD Clone


I have a variant of the common and supposedly easy-to-solve problem encountered when cloning a HDD as part of an upgrade to a larger drive.

As usual the newly-cloned Windows 7 install will not boot properly - stuck on a blank blue desktop with the "Not Genuine" messages. I'm aware that to solve this means reassigning drive/partition letters. This error occurs regardless of how many physical drives are connected alongside my intended drive.

There are several issues rendering the established solutions impossible to achieve via either Windows-based or Paragon RE-based operations:

1. I cannot access task manager, or command prompt, using either ctrl-alt-del or ctrl-shift-esc. This is true when in safe mode and when not in safe mode. Similarly, right-clicks or menu-key clicks render no response. This may be because I use Process Explorer as a replacement for the standard task manager.

2. I formatted my previous install of Windows already so I can't access this. My install media was USB-based, and I wiped this to create a Paragon RE media disc at work. Given the methods I used to obtain a clean iso with no malware or piracy tricks (because MS doesn't let me use my OEM key to download an iso from them) I can't obtain new installation media for Windows 7 at work, and they don't have a copy of Windows 7 install media I can borrow (this whole cloning exercise was undertaken to salvage some of their older, broken PCs while also cleaning and resetting my own)

3. When trying to boot into the Paragon RE, it simply states "Missing operating System" after the post screen, forcing a manual reset or shutdown via the case buttons.

I need the following information:

- is there a method to access the task manager or run a program (I.e. regedit) without using taskman?
- is there another method for accessing a recovery environment, or a way of accessing a command prompt or similarly useful Program, without a USB install media?
- is there a method for creating a boot disk that will actually allow me to access a command prompt attached to the install I'm trying to fix?

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27 Jul 2015   #2
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It's nearly impossible to follow your post and what you've done. I'll try my best:

When cloning or imaging Win7 one must include the MBR, Track0, maintain the Active partition and select Auto Drive letter when and if any of these options are offered. This is one reason we favor Macrium Imaging here which automates all of these settings and lets you just drag the System Reserved and C partition to the target drive.

To repair a clone or image which won't boot, unplug all other hard drives, boot into the Win7 disk or System Repair Disk to confirm that the System Reserved (if you have it) or C (If you don't) is Partition Marked Active
then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times to see if it will start. If not I'd do it over using Macrium.

In rare cases with blue screen non-Genuine lockout due to drive letter slippage you can correct it following the post here: Moving Win7 Partition to Another Drive
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