This copy of Windows is not genuine - How to fix. This copy of Windows is not genuine is the most common error message for most Windows users. Resolving the error "This copy of Windows is not genuine" is very easy.
We can get rid of this error with the command prompt or with a third party application. Now I'm going to show you two more ways to fix the "This copy of Windows is not genuine" error.
We at Resources4gaming.com advise you to buy an original copy of Windows so as to solve the error in the best way.
Do you know why this happens? It happens when you are using a pirated copy of the Windows operating system. Let's start the tutorial by telling you about the first method with command prompt.
Method 1 - We use the Command Prompt to solve "This copy of Windows is not genuine"
- On the keyboard, press the Win + R buttons.
- In the window that opens in the lower left corner type "cmd".
- In the window that opens write "SLMGR -REARM"
- Wait no more than 30 seconds, you will see a dialog box with the words ““ Completed Successfully. Please Restart the system for the Changes to Take effect "then click OK.
Your computer will restart, and you will never see "This copy of Windows is not genuine" again.
Note: disable automatic updates if you connect to the internet frequently.
Method 2 - Using Remove WAT to fix "This copy of Windows is not genuine"
- Download Remove WAT Software from here.
- Once downloaded double-click on it and run the .exe file and run the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
- Immediately after installation click Remove WHAT.
It takes 1-2 minutes for the PC to restart. Once this is done, you are free from the error "This copy of Windows is not genuine".
Step 1: Uninstalling the KB971033 update
First of all, you will need to uninstall the KB971033 update from your computer. However, please note that this is only part of the solution to get rid of the “This copy of Windows is not genuine” message and you won't be able to fix the problem on your own. To uninstall the KB971033 update, you need to:
- Open the Start menu.
- Search for "Windows update".
- Click on the search result titled Windows Update under Programs.
- Click View installed updates in the left pane.
- Once all the installed updates are loaded, you can view them in the right pane, select them, locate the KB971033 update, right-click and click Uninstall in the context menu.
- Go through the uninstall process and then restart your computer. Go to step 2 after starting your computer.
Step 2: Reset the license status of the computer
After uninstalling the KB971033 update, you need to reset the license status of your computer so that you no longer receive the “This copy of Windows is not genuine” message on your desktop. To do this, you need:
Open the Start menu.
Right-click the search result named cmd and click Run as administrator. This will launch a command prompt with administrative privileges.
Type the following command line in the command prompt and press Enter:
You will see a confirmation window. Click OK.
Restart your computer and, once started, you will see that the message "This copy of Windows is not genuine" is no longer there. Your desktop will still have the blank black background, but you will need to manually fix it by right-clicking on an empty space on the desktop, clicking Personalize and changing the desktop background.
Note: The SLMGR -REARM command line is designed to work on 32-bit versions of the Windows operating system and works on almost all versions and some 64-bit versions of Windows. However, if you use this command line and see that the message "This copy of Windows is not genuine" is still there when you restart your computer, you may have better luck repeating the steps listed and described above but this time using the following line command instead of SLMGR -REARM:
slmgr / rearm
If you run the slmgr -rearm or slmgr / rearm command line and receive an error message stating that "This maximum allowed number of rearticulations has been exceeded", you need to perform the following steps to resolve the problem and proceed with Step 2:
Press Windows Logo + R key to open Run.
Type regedit. exe in the Run dialog box and press Enter.
In the left pane, navigate to the following directory:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE> Software> Microsoft> WindowsNT> Current version
In the left pane, click the SoftwareProtectionPlatform folder to view its contents in the right pane.
In the right pane, locate and right-click a registry value named SkipRearm and click Edit on the context menu.
In the Edit dialog box, change the Value data for the key from 0 to 1 and click OK.
Exit Registry Editor and restart your computer. Give Phase 2 another try when starting your computer and this time you should be successful.
If you run the SLMGR -REARM or SLMGR / REARM command line and receive an error message stating that "SLGMR is not recognized as an internal or external command", the cause may be one of three things: You are typing the line command incorrectly, you are not typing the command line in an elevated command prompt that you are running as an administrator or there is a problem with the slmgr.vbs file on your computer. If there is a problem with your computer's slmgr.vbs file that is causing the command line to run incorrectly, here's what you need to do:
Open your computer.
Double-click the hard drive partition where Windows 7 is installed.
Double-click the Windows folder.
Locate and double-click on a folder named System32.
Locate and right-click on a file named slmgr regardless of its extension and click Rename in the context menu.
Rename the file to vbs.
Restart your computer and try Phase 2 one more time when it starts up. This time, you should be able to run the SLMGR -REARM or SLMGR / REARM command line.
Tip: To make sure the message "This copy of Windows is not genuine" doesn't return, make sure you turn off automatic Windows updates. To turn off automatic Windows updates, you need to:
Open the Start menu.
Search for "Windows update".
Click on the search result titled Windows Update under Programs.
Click Change Settings in the left pane.
Under Important Updates, open the drop-down menu and click Never check for updates (not recommended) from the list of options.
Restart your computer.
Are you done!