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Windows 7: Booting Problem related to Windows not genuine error

08 Dec 2009   #11

Windows Vista / Windows 7 Dual Boot

Hey StockMoose,

I'll answer your questions in reverse order:

2) Yes, I am referring to the folder in 6.
1) Here's what I did to confirm the drives:

  1. Log into Windows 7
  2. When the blue screen loads, click ctrl + shift + esc to open taskmanager
  3. Go to File -> New Task (Run...) and type explorer.exe
    This will load the desktop and icons, but they probably won't work if you click on them. That's Ok.
  4. Click on the start menu, right click on computer and select Open
    This will show all of your drives. You should be able to identify which drive is which from the label shown.
  5. Write down what drives have which label so you know how to change it back from regedit in XP. If you aren't able to tell the drives apart by labels, right click and select "open" to view the files in each drive to identify it. (I wasn't able to directly left-click).
  6. Now that you know which drives are labeled as which letters, you can restart and correct them from XP.
This is what I had to do, and it worked like a charm. A bit of detective work involved, yes, but the satisfaction in getting it right is second to none :)

Also you might want to check out SIW2's link above. I have no experience with the software but it seems like it too can do the job.

Please remember to post back and let us know how it worked! Hopefully we can get you set up as well -- Good luck!

- Kel

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Dec 2009   #12

Windows Vista / Windows 7 Dual Boot

Hey Stockmoose,

1) This is what I did to know which drive is which
  1. Log into windows 7. Let this blue desktop that's been frustrating you for so long load
  2. hit ctrl + shift + esc to bring up taskmanager
  3. Go to File -> New Task (Run...)
  4. Type explorer.exe
    This will load your start menu and icons. You can try to click icons if you want, but they probably won't work. (I know -- so close! It's RIGHT THERE!)
  5. Click on the start menu and right click on computer, select Open
    This will show you all connected drives and what drive letters are assigned to them. You should be able to identify which drive is which by the label. If not, right click each drive and select open to view the files and identify it.
  6. Now restart the computer, boot into Windows XP, and apply the changes above to edit the drive names into what they should be.
There you go!

2) Yes, I was referring to the folder created in step 6 in direction 9.

Also, you might want to check out the link SIW2 provided above. I don't have any experience with the software, so I can't comment on its effectiveness, but it seems like it may be a good solution as well.

Good luck, and let us know how it goes!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2009   #13


Prodigy's solution in combination with keljackson's tweak worked like a charm for me. Thanks!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Jan 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate

Thanks Prodigy for this solution !! I also had the problem because I was attempting to move from a dual boot system of WXP with Windows7, to a single-boot Windows7 system. Incidentally running the command prompt (run cmd) from the task manager, before running regedit, enabled me to see what Windows was ''seeing" as the older installation path (in this case X:\) which needed to be changed back to C:\ exactly as per your instructions. You ARE the man !!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2010   #15

Windows 7
Prodigy8901 Solution worked for me!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by prodigy8901 View Post

1. Boot windows in safe mode
2. After loading, there should be a blank screen with no desktop, press ctrl+alt+del
3. Click Start Task Manager
4. Click File then Run
5. type regedit.exe then press enter
6. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices
7. Try to remember your old working drive letter, mine was drive D, and windows changed its drive letter to C. So i swapped the D and C paths in the registry; now windows knows to access the correct drive to boot.
8. To swap drives, find the drive letter you want changed, it should look something like "\DosDevices\C:" where "C" is the drive letter you need swapped.
9. Right click on the key and rename it to a drive letter that is not in use, for example, I renamed mine to "\DosDevices\Z:" This will free up the letter that you need swapped.
10. Right click on the other key and rename it to the first key's letter, for example, if i wanted the D drive swapped with C, I would now rename "\DosDevices\D:" to "\DosDevices\C:".
11. Now rename "\DosDevices\Z:" (Which was previously "\DosDevices\C:") to "\DosDevices\D:"
12. The drive letters are now successfully swapped, close regedit and reboot, tell me if it worked!!
My issue was the same as Correz's - this fixed it - just needed to reactivate after restart - Thank you!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jul 2010   #16

win 7 pro

heartfelt thanks to prodigy8901..
it works charmingly.
only one problem ..i have installed HIDE folder 2009..
now it is not accepting my actual password..
but thanks again..
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Aug 2010   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate 64/Mac OSX Snow Leopard 10.6.3

Thank you sooooooooo much for this thread!!!!! You have saved me 4 hours of having to load all of my music software and information!!!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2011   #18

W7 Pro x64
This is f'd up...

- I toss a drive and put in a smaller one, so winsuck says I'm not genuine and utterly locks me out, without ANY recourse to prove otherwise? WTF??? I don't have freaking XP to fix this mealy-mouth worthless crap "operating system", so I'm apparently just screwed. Thanks mickeysuck, for raping me with a chainsaw.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Feb 2011   #19

Win 7, 64bit

I know this is an old post but I am still hoping someone can help. I am having the same exact problem as others have described here. I have boiled it down and believe the current problem is, I need to find out how to reassign drive letters to my partitions.

I tried upgrading my dual boot 1.5TB Vista/Win7 drive to a to a larger 2.0TB hard drive.

DRIVE "Label"
C:\ "Partition_1" Vista32bit
I:\ "Partition_1NEWWin7(I)" Win7 64Bit
E:\ "DVD RW"

DRIVE "Label"
C:\ "Partition_1NEWWin7(I)" Win7 64Bit
F:\ "Partition_1" Vista32bit
E:\ "DVD RW"

The problem for me started when I tried using HDClone Standard Version to upgrade my 1.5TB drive to a 2TB drive. After I got an error where 7 would not load.
I then used the Windows 7 disk to recover the boot loader which partially allowed it to boot but lead to where I'm currently stuck. After entering the system password it says "preparing your desktop", and after a longer than normal wait it brings me to a blue screen that says "Windows 7; Build 7600; This copy of Windows is not genuine" in the lower right corner. It does nothing from this point, it just hangs on this screen without loading the start bar or anything. I can still access the task manager if I Ctrl,alt,del but cannot solve this genuine error.

I have always upgraded to larger drives by cloning and expanding the new partitions to take advantage of the new space. It's ideal because if anything goes wrong, all I have to do is go back to the original hard drive which should be untouched.

That's what makes this latest attempt so frustrating, because not only did the new drive fail to work, the original drive partitions got reassigned leading to the current problem.

I'm not sure if this will be of any help, but I do still have an old 2009 hard drive which I am able to boot from and I can access the other two drives that way and can see my data is there. This copy is 100% genuine. And now I am completely stuck. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

I followed Keljackson's instructions, but unfortunately when I right click on Computer and select "Open"
A message pops up titled "explorer.exe" that says "No such interface supported."
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Feb 2011   #20

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

You can use free Rescue Kit Free Edition | PARAGON Software Group - free partition software, hard disk partitioning

Boot it - select normal mode>boot correct>correct drive letters in system registry.

Reset your o/s letter to what it was originally
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