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Windows 7: This copy of Windows is not Genuine after cloning drive. Fix!

11 Dec 2010   #21

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
Using a tool that is YEARS out of date for creating and restoring images is likely to cause problems in any case.

Use something like Acronis or at least software designed for W7. I know this doesn't help solve the problem you had but I'd image your system next time with one of these products.

In rare cases after restoring from these images - even on to a different disk or partition on boot failure the system recovery disk will fix the system.

Messing around with the registry IMO is a big NO NO unless all other options have been tried and failed.


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12 Dec 2010   #22

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3

interesting. I posted on some other thread here about my examination of imaging/restore programs for the purpose of moving W7 to new hard drive and having it actually work.
I used Acronis, Terabyte and others [terabyte was 'sworn to' by one of my friends who is an IT director]. some of the packages I made multiple tries with. only Paragon worked without a single hitch in that original case. I ditched the others.
Obviously my experience is different from others but it is what it is.

interestingly, and no offense to other good sftwr firms and their converts, but my buddy since has told me of issues he has had with Terabyte in his shop, and poking about for some others to test out.

if i can figure out which of many threads I posted that saga on I will link it here.


I have a general question on this topic: is the condition that causes a "This copy ...not Genuine" condition distinct from the several issues that can cause a non-Activation? My assumption is 'yes'.
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15 Dec 2010   #23

windows xp

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18 Dec 2010   #24

pro 64

u saved me a days work. ur a god. cheers
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17 Jan 2011   #25

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
Help pls. suggestions?

Gang I want to give this a whirl again.
Need your help.

I've successfully imaged-over Win7 [several forms] to new hard drives without a hitch using Paragon Backup & restore. But then I hit my nemesis.
This is 32-bit Professional running on an Aopen mini cube. It works great, but if you know the system, this is a passively [mostly] cooled Intel-mobile based shoebox, and the drive that was shipped with it with the Win7 load is a conventional desktop sata hard drive. So, I have a laptop drive I want to use instead.

When I did the image, installed the new drive as SATA 0, and restored the image from an attached USB drive [same as I used on every other one I have], it loaded fine and booted, but then I got the dreaded black-background and the terse message : "This Copy of Windows is Not Genuine". I was just stumped so didn't try to fix it because I had no clue why this particular one failed where others worked.

Anyone got suggestions? I think I will try it all over again this morning 'from scratch' and see if I get any diff result.... i think its one of those insanity tests...
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17 Jan 2011   #26
Microsoft MVP


Likely the drive letter has changed causing the non-geniune lockout.

use FREE Rescue Kit Express | PARAGON Software Group

Boot the Paragon cd - select Normal Mode , then Boot Corrector.

Correct drive letters in the system registry.

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05 Jul 2011   #27

windows seven

Hi, I followed the steps but after I restarted I now have a
Blue screen with only a cursor and the windows 7 build 7601 this copy is not gunuine is still there.

Anyone can help fix this prob?
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01 Sep 2011   #28

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

after I restarted I now have a
Blue screen please help meeeee
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06 Oct 2011   #29
Duaa al abbas


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Umaterasy View Post
Hey guys, I need help. I followed the steps till "restart your computer" and now when I start my computer , the login freezes at "windows is starting". Now I can't access my PC. Can someone help me ?

I tried this solution and it end up with me like you laptop stuck in windows is strating , but i found my way to fix it and get back with my laptop again
go to your save mode ( while winows is starting press f8 and choose save mood)
do the same steps you done first
and choose the c device and rename it to z
then choose the d device and rename it to c
go back to the device z and rename it to d
and start your pc....
it will work isa
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08 Oct 2011   #30

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

It's a shame that no-one thought to take an MGADiag report of the failing installation - there are a set of errors associated with this problem, and it would have been VERY nice to see it that set applied here, since the only solution so far has been a repair install.
If anyone has an MGADiag report of this case - please post it!
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