False this copy of windows is not genuine 7601 in 2013
I have been using this genuine software for years. I had to rebuild my PC at the end of 2012 and it was OS activated after changing a c drive. On 19 Jan 2013 it I got a message saying Activation time had expired and I got a permanent message "This copy of Windows is not genuine". It is in build 7061. However the internet functions are still running OK. Trying to activate it now the correct keys are not accepted.
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is your Windows OEM system builder / OEM from manufacturer / Retail / retail upgrade ?
If Retail / retail upgrade you are entitled to transfer to new PC
( providing old pc is scrapped or Windows removed from hard disk or hard disk erased)
You can re activate new PC by telephone, you may get prompt to say how many PC's this copy of Windows is installed on .
If this fails ask to speak to person not robot.
OEM versions of Windows 7 are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:
- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel
- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on
- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard
- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system
OEM vs. Retail
OEM Windows 7 comes preinstalled on computers. This is the cheapest way to buy windows. Large PC manufacturers like Dell, HP etc. (collectively called royalty OEMs) install windows on millions of such PCs. The main characteristics of such systems are:
The license agreement and support agreement is between you and the PC maker, not MS.
Activation by the end user is not required. Windows is preactivated at the factory by the OEM using images and standard SLP keys.
Your copy of windows is locked to that PC. The license is not transferable.
OEM system builder is what you get when you buy from say Newegg or from a local "white box" vendor. It too has the characteristics of Royalty OEM windows. Although it is possible for an individual to buy a System Builder copy, the license requires that the software be installed using the OPK (OEM preinstall kit) and then resold.
Retail version is what you buy from a retailer like Amazon or Bestbuy. Its a full price version that comes packaged in a retail box with a retail product key. It has to be activated online via MS servers using the key on the box, it is not tied to the PC it was first installed on, though it can only be used on a single computer at a time. And, MS directly provides the support for it. It is also more expensive than OEM copies.
As far as functionality is concerned, theres no difference between any of the versions above, given any specific edition (i.e. between OEM pro and retail pro, or between OEM ultimate and retail ultimate).
Windows 8 OEM is a whole different ballgame.
License agreement for the transfer of a Windows 8 license
leslie6500 said:I have been using this genuine software for years. I had to rebuild my PC at the end of 2012 and it was OS activated after changing a c drive. On 19 Jan 2013 it I got a message saying Activation time had expired and I got a permanent message "This copy of Windows is not genuine". It is in build 7061. However the internet functions are still running OK. Trying to activate it now the correct keys are not accepted.
I got support after telephoning Microsoft Customer Services. They initiated a very long and detailed examination and registry tuning and adjustment of my PC using a form of "Remote Assistance" software. They finally issued a new activation code for my Window 7 Ultimate which I installed and this has fixed the problem.
Ajeeto said:How many computers did you install on?
If the hardware is the same, or similar, then you might be able to call Microsoft and they can provide an activation key for your old serial# over the phone.
Thank you for this suggestion. I only ever installed this OS on one machine and it was not an OEM version. I originally installed Windows 7 Home Version and later upgraded it to Windows 7 Ultimate
that was not OEM either.
It took a long phone call to Microsoft Customer Service. After they checked my system with a "Remote Assistance" type of software to which I agreed. Microsoft issued a new activation key. So all is now working OK.
I still have no evidence why the problem arose, in the first case, but I suspect it may have occurred after installing some purchased commercial software recently that did not function properly. I had removed it when the problem first appeared before asking Microsoft for help. Leslie
I have a question. I bought windows 7 professional when it was launched. My old computer died and I had a new one built. The Windows 7 OS was installed and activated and the system page says it is activated. I have passed the "genuine" test on Microsoft's site, but now, just this week I get this error message when I boot up. I have scanned for viruses and malware but can find no explanation as to why this has happened.
I had the same problem and fixed it. My copy is genuine and activated, worked for about a year, then I got the Windows 7 build 7601 "this copy of Windows is not Genuine" error in the bottom right hand of the screen - just after a major Windows update by the way. Couldn't find the product activation key.
So, I started the Product Activation Wizard, by following these steps:
Then at the bottom of the window, you'll see if it is activated and what the product ID is. I printed the page out for reference, and used 'print screen' and saved it to Word as well. Then I exited that, all ready to pohone Microsoft and re-activate it, and found that the "This copy of Windows is not Genuine" notice had disappeared.