Installed 64-bit Win7Pro successfully -- but then ...

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Percival P. Cassidy

I just installed genuine 64-bit Win7Pro+SP1 on a notebook with 4GB RAM,
entering the license key, and it showed as activated. I then installed
the approx. 100 updates it offered and rebooted when instructed; all was
still well. I shut the machine down, and when I restarted it, it spent a
long time displaying the message "Preparing your desktop" and finally
presented me with a totally blank desktop except for the "This copy of
Windows is not genuine" message in the corner.

Any ideas? Is it worth trying a repair, or should I just start over? And
how to prevent the same thing happening again?

Perce
 
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Paul

Percival said:
I just installed genuine 64-bit Win7Pro+SP1 on a notebook with 4GB RAM,
entering the license key, and it showed as activated. I then installed
the approx. 100 updates it offered and rebooted when instructed; all was
still well. I shut the machine down, and when I restarted it, it spent a
long time displaying the message "Preparing your desktop" and finally
presented me with a totally blank desktop except for the "This copy of
Windows is not genuine" message in the corner.

Any ideas? Is it worth trying a repair, or should I just start over? And
how to prevent the same thing happening again?

Perce
License key issues should be handled for free by Microsoft.

See if there is a phone number on the packaging.

There's a tool which they can run on the computer,
which gives a synopsis of licensing state. They
use it in one of the Microsoft web forums, for answering
questions like this.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/windows-7-not-genuine/562cfba5-4b5c-4824-be4c-66bcf4128939

Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool:
Tool Download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=56062

That gives MGADiag.exe 2,031,992 bytes

That's the first tool I could find. There might be others.

I guess it really depends on whether you like a steady diet
of frustration or not. Interfacing to big corporations
is not a lot of fun.

http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinewindows7/thread/d5f16c2d-7979-4c77-9e94-c41c88813631

Paul
 
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Percival P. Cassidy

License key issues should be handled for free by Microsoft.

See if there is a phone number on the packaging.

There's a tool which they can run on the computer,
which gives a synopsis of licensing state. They
use it in one of the Microsoft web forums, for answering
questions like this.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/windows-7-not-genuine/562cfba5-4b5c-4824-be4c-66bcf4128939


Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostic Tool:
Tool Download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=56062

That gives MGADiag.exe 2,031,992 bytes

That's the first tool I could find. There might be others.

I guess it really depends on whether you like a steady diet
of frustration or not. Interfacing to big corporations
is not a lot of fun.

http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/genuinewindows7/thread/d5f16c2d-7979-4c77-9e94-c41c88813631
But how would I re-enter the license key or go online to revalidate the
installation: I have no icons, no Start button, no Internet connection,
no way of installing or running any other programs or getting to a
command prompt -- just a blank blue desktop with the "not genuine" message.

Perce
 
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tigger

Percival P. Cassidy writted thus:
d5f16c2d-7979-4c77-9e94-c41c88813631

But how would I re-enter the license key or go online to revalidate the
installation: I have no icons, no Start button, no Internet connection,
no way of installing or running any other programs or getting to a
command prompt -- just a blank blue desktop with the "not genuine"
message.

Perce
try:

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 whatever....
 
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philo 

Percival P. Cassidy writted thus:


try:

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 whatever....


Yep!
 
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I just installed genuine 64-bit Win7Pro+SP1 on a notebook with 4GB RAM,
entering the license key, and it showed as activated. I then installed
the approx. 100 updates it offered and rebooted when instructed; all was
still well. I shut the machine down, and when I restarted it, it spent a
long time displaying the message "Preparing your desktop" and finally
presented me with a totally blank desktop except for the "This copy of
Windows is not genuine" message in the corner.

Any ideas? Is it worth trying a repair, or should I just start over? And
how to prevent the same thing happening again?

Perce
A sinister part in those updates is KB971033. One way round this is to
opt out of automatic updates and choose which updates to allow. This
gives you the opportunity of 'hiding' the KB971033 update so that it
doesn't flag your genuine (or fake) copy of windows. Do a fresh
install and make sure you don't install that update. This link might
be of interest to you.
http://tinyurl.com/2ugnpcs
 
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charlie

A sinister part in those updates is KB971033. One way round this is to
opt out of automatic updates and choose which updates to allow. This
gives you the opportunity of 'hiding' the KB971033 update so that it
doesn't flag your genuine (or fake) copy of windows. Do a fresh
install and make sure you don't install that update. This link might
be of interest to you.
http://tinyurl.com/2ugnpcs
The only problem that I've had with this sort of thing might be that
future updates have a problem and refuse to update.
 
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Char Jackson

The only problem that I've had with this sort of thing might be that
future updates have a problem and refuse to update.
I've got a system that's been running since April 2011, I believe,
using the RemoveWAT procedure. (Nothing too sinister going on, I just
wanted to see what would happen.) I figured within a month there'd be
problems, but here we are, approaching two years without a peep. No
problem with any updates, .Net framework, you name it. It just works.
 
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tigger

Char Jackson writted thus:
I've got a system that's been running since April 2011, I believe, using
the RemoveWAT procedure. (Nothing too sinister going on, I just wanted
to see what would happen.) I figured within a month there'd be problems,
but here we are, approaching two years without a peep. No problem with
any updates, .Net framework, you name it. It just works.
Same here, I checked back and found I had installed KB971033 in June
without knowing what it was, everything is still working and updating
today was fine. No idea which validation 'patch' I used but I have a copy
of Remove-WAT archived so probably that....

I'm surprised that M$ haven't shut us out yet?

....Shhhhhh, maybe they forgot....
 

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