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Microsoft Video Screensaver Won't Install - Windows XP

When I try to install Microsoft Video Screensaver, it tells me I need to validate Windows. When I click "Continue," it opens up a link in IE and runs a script to test my Windows XP copy's validity. It ...
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Can I simply copy a factory image from an HDD to an SSD before going through the first-time Windows setup, and keep Windows genuine?

I got my laptop back from the repair facility today, and found it was reset with "factory preload software," which includes a fresh install of Windows 7 Professional. I started my laptop to see it ...
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Windows 7 randomly going from genuine to non-genuine and back

Okay, so I recently got a job and got a company laptop to use at work and at home. It had windows 7 pre-installed and for the first couple of days it worked normally, but recently the "this version is ...
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How to make sure that installed Windows 7 OS is genuine, when buying used laptop?

Soon I am going to buy a used laptop computer. I am checking advertisements, and some of the sellers promise a genuine copy of Windows 7 OS installed on the system. On a couple of occasions I have ...
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VirtualBox: Windows 7 says it's not genuine

I've set up a Windows 7 guest machine under Windows 7 using oracle virtualbox 4.2. This Windows Guest has its own product key which corresponds to the boxed set I purchased for the sole purpose of ...
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Windows “not genuine” after entering several commands

After entering these commands: bootrec.exe /FixMbr bootrec.exe/FixBoot bootrec.exe/RebuildBCD bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup c: cd boot attrib bcd -s -h -r bootrec /RebuildBcd My windows claims ...
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Microsoft Security Essentials is not genuine now

I installed MSE on several machines months ago, and these are legit systems with legit keys. However, as of today MSE is complaining. Windows did not pass genuine validation. Security Essentials ...
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Using harddrive from another laptop, but getting Win7 Genuine Advantage error

My wife spilled water over her laptop. This machine had a working version of Windows 7 without any Genuine Advantage errors. When the motherboard failed after the water incident we bought her a new ...
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How can I install Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 Home edition?

I believe that (according to this) Virtual PC is supported on Windows 7 Home Premium. However, when I go to http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3702 and click on Continue, I am ...
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Installing a patch on Windows 7 VM

I've just installed a Windows XP and Windows 7 virtual machine in Oracle VirtualBox, as I want to test that my domain certificates are good for the forthcoming MS patch 2661254 (which checks the ...
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Building a fast, affordable, and temporary Windows virtual testing environment

I was recently enrolled in an official Microsoft training course delivered by New Horizons. The learning platform offered labs on remote virtual machines. From my web browser, using Silverlight, I ...
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How do I check if a Windows key is genuine without activating it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to establish what version a Windows 7 product key is? I need a way to test if a Windows 7 key is genuine, and for what version it is so. I would like to ...
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Windows Genuine Advantage Won't Generate Code

I'm trying to download Windows Mobile Device CEnter 6.0 from Microsofts website and they require I use Windows Genuine Advantage, I've done this lots of times before (including yesterday) and it has ...
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Making a cracked or activated windows uncracked

I have a PC which has windows 7 license but I installed windows from an image I downloaded and it is already activated. For validating genuine Microsoft, I need to enter my own product key but the ...
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XP Activation - Am I Legal? [closed]

Being the family CIO, my girlfriend's mom asked me to fix some problems she was having with her computer - Windows XP Pro. So, like any good IT guy, after fixing the issue, I made sure to get her ...
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Windows 7 Ultimate - Evaluation Copy Expires Sept 1st 2011

I have a genuine copy of Windows 7 from MSDN. I get a message 'Evaluation Copy Expires Sept 1st 2011' I read that this could be due to the Service Pack and not the OS. So I uninstalled SP1, not a ...
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How can I resolve a non-genuine version of Windows XP without a complete reinstall?

My situation I have a legal Windows XP Installation disk I don't want to reinstall I am trying to do the right thing by letting an acquaintance use a legitimate version of Windows XP instead of ...
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Windows 7 says “this copy is not genuine” build 7600

My Windows is complaining and says "Windows 7 build 7600 this copy of Windows is not genuine." I was installing another copy on a virtual machine which must have triggered this. I have a new ...
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After enabling hardware virtualization, Windows 7 says it's not genuine

I had to enable hardware virtualization to run an IE7 VPC image. For some reason this makes my Windows installation think that it's not genuine. This in turn also makes Microsoft Security Essentials ...
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Explorer.EXE ordinal 423 not found in urlmon.dll after updates/IE8 install

Setting up a brand new Dell Optiplex 980 with Windows XP SP3, and everything started up fine on the first boot. My first task was to install system updates, including IE8 and WGA. After the required ...
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Dual-bootable Virtual Machine

My work computer is a Linux desktop with a Windows 7 virtual machine for Visual Studio and IE testing. I'm very picky, and I don't want to configure two Windows installs... but I can't think of a way ...
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Removing a bogus “not genuine” message from XP

I built a VM with an unused XP license I have using an unattend.txt process. Is there a way to remove the warning message saying my install may not be genuine, and I need to "Get Genuine" from MS?
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Windows suddenly reports “This copy of Windows is not genuine”

Recently, my Acer Aspire 5050 that came with a copy of Vista, went through a series of Automatic Upgrades. Now, in the bottom of the desktop, I get "This copy of Windows is not genuine". Apparently, ...
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How to avoid Windows Genuine Advantage for an XP update?

I am about to apply updates to a windows xp installation I have not booted in a couple of years. When going to update.microsoft.com, it forced me first to accept an activex installation and now it ...