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Windows7 genuinty check failed and no longer can install OS

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September 30, 2011 9:13:46 AM

Hello,

I installed Win7 and didn't use the Win7 Loader. It detected that my copy wasn't genuine and then it froze. After that regardless of how many times I tried, I cannot install an OS. I tried Hiren's Boot CD and that failed too. I've physically removed the HDD and formatted it on another system yet no good comes out of it. My HDD's health is fine. Any suggestions?

I'm thinking of flashing my BIOS to see if that helps.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 30, 2011 10:18:39 AM

read the forum rules--no piracy allowed here :non:  :non: 
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September 30, 2011 10:19:11 AM

is it geniune or not?
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September 30, 2011 10:35:16 AM

Sorry, I have a relatively old notebook and use to operate using genuine XP (P4&512mbram) and testing out 7. No intentions of piracy.
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September 30, 2011 10:42:27 AM

not a legit copy, if it was it would be working!
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September 30, 2011 10:46:09 AM

Try downloading the dev version of Win8, it can be given a normal desktop and is set up so that you don't need a key.

Normal win7 you have 30days to put a key in though. Why didn't you use the windows boot loader.
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September 30, 2011 12:02:20 PM

If you've installed and activated that copy of Windows more than 5 times, the online activation won't work. Go through the process and then select the option to activate over the phone. It takes a few minutes and involves entering A LOT of numbers on your phone, but it'll work...assuming you have a legit copy, of course. :) 
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September 30, 2011 12:10:16 PM

Sorry this isn't a valid topic in Tom's Hardware.Please purchase a genuine copy!
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a c 418 $ Windows 7
September 30, 2011 12:10:24 PM

This topic has been closed by Area51reopened
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