Fixing error This copy of Windows is not genuine is very easy. If you install pirated Windows 7 OS build 7600/7601, it will run only for some months. After that, you will get error This copy of Windows is not genuine. You will see many issues like a blank screen, getting stuck, degrading performance, etc.,
What Does This Copy of Windows Not Genuine mean?
Most of the People get this error after installing build 7600/7601 KB970133 update. There are various reasons for getting this error.
- The first reason is, You did not buy the Windows and Probably you are using the pirated version.
- You might have been using the key which was already using in some other computer.
- Probably you might have the outdated version. Your OS might need the update.
- Probably you might have the virus or malware which corrupted your original key.
If you bought the original OS, probably you might get the issue from any one of above last three reasons. You can solve them easily.
When you did not have the original OS, you will get the issue with the first reason. This tutorial will show the solution to that reason.
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Note: This procedure does not convert nongenuine OS to genuine. It makes use of nongenuine OS without problems and updates. If you want complete features and updates, you must buy Genuine OS from Microsoft Store only.
Suggestion: I can suggest you that, Don’t buy Windows OS from any third parties. Because I have seen many comments in this post that so many people are getting a non-genuine error, even though they use the original OS which was bought from third-parties. So Buy Windows from Microsoft Windows store only. So, if you get any problem in future, Microsoft will help you.
Don’t want to buy Original Windows OS and don’t want to spend money, then continue reading this article.
How Do I Get Rid of This Copy of Windows is not Genuine?
This method will work for 32 bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7. You must follow below three steps to eliminate the error. Even when you don’t see the error after the second step, you must follow the third step. Otherwise, you may get this error back once again.
Before following the first step i.e., uninstalling the update, it is recommended to take the backup of your PC data. I recommend you to use EaseUs Todo Backup(20% Discounted Link) to back up your data.
Step 1 Uninstall Update KB971033
KB971033 is a Windows update which installs Windows activation technologies. You are getting the error “this copy of windows is not genuine,” that means your OS has KB971033 file which can detect your Windows OS Genuity. So before going into the actual procedure, You must uninstall the update which was detecting your windows. Remember, if you see this mentioned update, then only you need to uninstall. If you don’t see this update, you can skip this step. Follow the below steps to uninstall Windows update.
- Open control panel.
- Go to windows update section.
- Click on view installed updates.
- After loading all installed updates, check for update “KB971033” and uninstall.
- Restart your PC. If you don’t see the mentioned update, you need not to uninstall any update. You can leave this step and proceed to the second step.
Step 2: Use SLMGR -REARM command
Now Let’s see the actual procedure to fix Windows not genuine error.
1. Go to Start Button for Start Menu.
2. You need to type cmd in the search field.
3. You will see the command prompt option. Right-click Command prompt. Select Run as Administrator. It is must run the command prompt with administrator privileges otherwise command will not work.
4.Type SLMGR -REARM (SLMGR is a tool which manages Windows software license. REARM is a command which resets license status of the machine.) and press enter.
5. You will see a window, Click OK.
6. Just Restart your PC. Now you will never receive the error message. If this command did not work for you, you need to try SLMGR /REARM.
SLMGR -REARM must work for Windows 32 bit version. It may work for Windows 64 bit version. If it did not work for Windows 64 bit version, then only you have to try SLMGR /REARM.
Step 3: Turn off Updates
You are not using the original OS, so you are not authorized to get updates. And you must turn off updates. Otherwise, you will get the same error one more time. If you don’t turn off updates, your OS will get updated. Anyone of future updates may detect your OS Genuity. So there is a chance that you will get the error one more time. Just follow the below procedure to turn off updates.
- Go to Control Panel.
- Click Windows Update.
- Click Install updates automatically(Recommended).
- You must select Never Check for Updates(Not recommended).
Some Issues and Solutions
In most cases above command works. Sometimes, there is a chance that you may get any one of the below errors or issues. I have given solutions for those errors.
1) You might get error “Error 0xc004d307: The maximum allowed the number of rearms has been exceeded” after entering the command.
Most of the people got a permanent fix with the above procedure. But some might informed that they could use Windows only for 30 days and you need to reuse the command SLMGR -REARM one more time after 30 days. And Windows allows only three times to use the command. After three trials of the command, you will get the Error 0xc004d307.
After using command SLMGR -REARM for three times, “SkipRearm” registry key will become “0”.You need to change the “SkipRearm” registry key to “1” to use the command another three more times.
You can find “SkipRearm” by going into the following location from “Registry editor”.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/SoftwareProtectionPlatform Follow below step by step procedure to go into the above place.
- Press “Windows + R” you will see the Run dialog. Or Go to Start, click Run.
- Type “Regedit”. Click Ok to see Registry editor window.
- Click on Arrow mark which is left to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE”.
- Click on arrow mark which is left to “SOFTWARE”.
- Click on arrow mark which is left to “Microsoft”.
- Click on arrow mark which is left to “Windows NT”.
- Click on arrow mark which is left to “CurrentVersion”.
- Now click on the word “SoftwareProtectionPlatform”, not on arrow mark.
- Right click on “SkipRearm” in the right window.
- Click on “Modify”. Change “Value Data” to “1”.
- Restart PC.
Now you can try the command SLMGR -REARM.
You can also read How to Fix Error oXcoo4d307 to maximize allowed re-arms for complete details.
2) If you get the error “slmgr is not recognized as an internal or external command” after entering the command. Read my article 5 Ways to fix SLMGR is not recognized as an internal or external command.
3) If you get a blank screen even after following the above steps, just change the background in system properties.
4) Sometimes Not Genuine error might not be gone even after following above methods. Because there might some files lost in your current OS. You need to reinstall Windows 7 from any CD/DVD and follow the above procedure carefully. Then you will never get This copy of Windows is not genuine error.
When you follow the above methods properly, you will not see any error in the future. You can use your OS forever but without updates.
Remember, Always hackers attack older versions of OS and software on your computer to place malware and to hack your details. I always recommend you to use the latest versions of OS and any software. Then only your computer will be free from virus and your data will be safe. It is best to buy Genuine Windows OS from Microsoft Store.
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