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Windows 7: Booting Problem related to Windows not genuine error

14 Feb 2011   #21
Finnyd

Win 7, 64bit
 
 

Thank you for your response.

So I used FREE Rescue Kit Express | PARAGON Software Group as you described. I correctly reassigned the partitions, but when I rebooted the computer, once again I got the longer than normal boot where it said "Preparing your desktop..." and the "This copy of Windows is not genuine."
I just checked and somehow windows changed all the drives letters back to the incorrect one. Now I'm really stumped. Any ideas now?


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14 Feb 2011   #22
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, that is normal - after you correct the letters with Paragon - on first reboot, you will still get the not genuine message - but it goes away .

Paragon did that - not Windows.
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14 Feb 2011   #23
Finnyd

Win 7, 64bit
 
 
SOLVED- Thanks to SIW2 & Prodigy

Actually, what I meant was the reassignment of drives didn't work. When Windows booted it went back to the incorrect assignments for some reason. I tried it twice to no avail.

But then I re-read Prodigy's instructions and realized I was skipping over the very first instruction to boot into Safe mode. That made the difference. I followed these instructions and wa-la - my computer is back.

BIG thanks to SIW2, Prodigy and all who posted their findings here. Greatly appreciated.

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!!
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14 Feb 2011   #24
Finnyd

Win 7, 64bit
 
 

I may have spoke to soon. While the computer is working, this might be a problem having to do with Prodigy's solution. I'm not sure. I noticed that the System Restore protection was turned off. When I went in to turn it on, I received the following error message, "Could not apply the settings for the following reason: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect. (0x8007007B)"

Any ideas about this?
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14 Feb 2011   #25
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes , that will work. It is the old way of doing it - usually you try to run diskmgmt first - to see the new drive letter - that makes it easier to identify the correct reg entry you want to change.

The Paragon app.does exactly the same thing - it just makes it a lot easier.

I have never heard of it not working before.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Finnyd View Post
Actually, what I meant was the reassignment of drives didn't work. When Windows booted it went back to the incorrect assignments for some reason. I tried it twice to no avail.

But then I re-read Prodigy's instructions and realized I was skipping over the very first instruction to boot into Safe mode. That made the difference. I followed these instructions and wa-la - my computer is back.

BIG thanks to SIW2, Prodigy and all who posted their findings here. Greatly appreciated.

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!!
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14 Feb 2011   #26
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Type SystemPropertiesProtection.exe in start search box.

When it pops up , find the drive with the folder icon.

Booting Problem related to Windows not genuine error-syspropprotection.jpg

Highlight it.

Click Configure.

Dot "Turn off system restore" for that drive. Apply . OK.

Then make sure it is turned on for your other drive (s).


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23 Jan 2012   #27
GreenDay987

Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I know this is old but I have a bit of a problem...


I have windows vista ultimate on an acre aspire laptop and one day out of nothing, when I booted it up it showed me a black "Windows not genuine" screen.

I tried prodigy's solution but when I try and open SYSTEM it says it's already in use.

Help I really need my computer back. It's my only one.
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23 Jan 2012   #28
GreenDay987

Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Ok never mind now...

I found SYSTEM in another folder and tried to keep going with the instructions. I rebooted and it said in a black screen that it needed to be reinstalled because of new hardware. I don't have the disk, my laptop came with vista. By the way, this screen came up before I clicked to log in... It came up during the boot up. Please help, I am really stuck here.
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25 Jan 2012   #29
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Please start a NEW thread of your own, and post an MGADiag report.

To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool (download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
Once saved, run the tool.
Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.
- **in your own thread**, please
Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine, but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
How to Tell - Home
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31 Jan 2012   #30
GreenDay987

Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Umm

No I can't save that program to the desktop because I can't access the desktop, it says I need to reinstall it doesn't even go to the log in screen
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