Windows 7 error 'this is not a genuine copy of Windows 7'

By Conger88
Oct 17, 2012
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  1. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Guru Posts: 1,776   +241

    Yes reformatting the hard drive would have wiped a way any virus or spyware you might have had. If that was the problem.
  2. stonarda

    stonarda TS Enthusiast Posts: 141   +18

    If you are completely reformatting teh Hard Drive, you will most likely need to reinstall the majority or even all the drivers as far as I know, especially if you had an OEM version of Win 7 installed on your PC in the first place. Depending on your computer, you may have a recovery partition on it (depending on how badly the hard drive is damaged/corrupted). In the first case, try restoring the computer using the recovery partition and this should have the right drivers for the PC. To get into it, there is normally a short-cut key in start-up, though this depends on the computer make and model.

    *If you do use the recovery partition, first delete everything that you don't want on your hard drive and depending on the recovery software you may be able to keep your original files.
  3. Conger88

    Conger88 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 62

    OK well it might have a recovery partion? but all appears to be working now and I have reinstalled windows so will I just leave it? :/
  4. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Guru Posts: 1,776   +241

    Hope everything is running great for you.
  5. monton

    monton TS Booster Posts: 108

    I had the same error message "~not genuine windows etc". I tried several suggested fixes that ultimately didn't work. The fix was to uninstall KB971003 in add/remove programs. Enable show window updates. After uninstall and reboot, KB971003 downloaded, installed and all has been well since. Apparently, that update was corrupt and gave many computers the not genuine windows warning message

    Hope this is useful to others having this problem

    Ricotrope likes this.
  6. Conger88

    Conger88 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Yea I had to do several reboots and failed to install windows updates before I got them all through. not sure which one was givin problems now but eventually all installed and havent had any problems yet.

  7. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Guru Posts: 1,776   +241

    That's Great
  8. Conger88

    Conger88 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Ok, not meaning to drag this thread or topic out but thought this is interesting to hear :eek: and scary...

    ok so I reforamted the comp and alls working good, Started reinstallin my old games - battlefield bad company....installed and updated no problem....tried to login and it wouldnt let me log in after several attempts, made me enter my serial key and it said its already in use, so I thought that was strange so I logged into EA/orgin online support chat.

    After long chats about reseting passwords,usernames and account verifications and serial number verifcations and where I bought my game etc etc.... the friendly guy on the instant chat helpline came to the conclusion that my account had been 'compromised'

    So I am assuming my computer got completely hacked by someone specifically out there in the big bad world? he then gave me a hint - was this my email address g******* <-------I have no clue.....asumeing its the person who hacked mes email addresse......but scary///

    But I dont understand why someone would hack my battlefield account? not like I have money in it?

    Am I overreacting or has this happened to anyone else before?
  9. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Guru Posts: 1,776   +241

    Sound like you had a trojan or very bad virus in your computer. It is really a good thing that you did reformat. This maybe while your account was compromised.
  10. Conger88

    Conger88 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Yea can I be sure its gone? Like its kinda scary.....I cant login to my starcarft 2 account either. I think the same might have happened here.
  11. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Guru Posts: 1,776   +241

    I would think this happen before you reinstalled windows. But if you do not feel safe. Run your antivirus program and a couple spyware programs to make sure. The best you can do now is to make sure you keep a good virus program installed. Plus a couple of good anti spyware programs installed. Plus keep your firewall on If you are running behind a router all the better. Make sure about websites you visit and email you open.
  12. Conger88

    Conger88 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Yea I think your right, I have AVG(Free version) is this enough? with Malware bytes and ccleaner.

    Any other recomended payed or free security programs?
  13. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Guru Posts: 1,776   +241

    It should be. I use Superantispyware free one. Along with MalwareBytes. Because some times what one dose not pick the other might. There are other spyware programs you can try to such as Spybot Search and destroy, Spyblaster. These are pretty good programs to. You could also try Avast as your antivirus. It ranks better the Avg dose
  14. Conger88

    Conger88 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 62

    But is it bad to have avg and Avast installed on the one machine?
  15. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Guru Posts: 1,776   +241

    Not such a good Ideal. You really only need to run one anti virus program. Either AVG or Avast
  16. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,364   +709

    Just nvm.
  17. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Guru Posts: 1,776   +241

    Have you even read all the post? His copy is valid.
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  18. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,364   +709

    What confuses me as to why this thread was at the top of the list in my browser in the the first place. Sorry. And I skimmed.
    (I was rather tired when I posted)
  19. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,416   +77

    The 'order' of posts in the list of any forum is by date of post, so an oldish post can appear resurrected if someone for whatever reason, adds a fresh post to it. This can happen after months......doing it deliberately is called 'bumping' :D
  20. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,364   +709

    Ik, im the one that bumped it. hence why im confused.
  21. Conger88

    Conger88 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Lol just to update I was the person who started this topic. I just wiped my drives and reinstalled windows. Havent had any trouble since. It was a weird one tho! :D
    Thanks all for your feedback
  22. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Guru Posts: 1,776   +241

    Your welcome:) Glad to hear every thing is fine.
  23. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,489   +320

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  24. Conger88

    Conger88 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Huh? PC World arent going to help....anyways I havent had any problems since wipe down and reinstalled everything
  25. Ricotrope

    Ricotrope TS Rookie

    In reference to post #55:

    My immense gratitude for providing this answer, Monton!

    I had the problem for months, struggling to figure out what the issue was. I didn't even realise what it was at first, since I had a genuine copy of Windows, and thought the initial messages about it being counterfeit were just the words of a confused computer.

    As the messages came more often and more obviously, I started to take notice.

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