Reasons of “Windows 7 Is Not Genuine” Issue
Windows 7 background suddenly changes to the black screen and there are watermarks like “Windows 7 Build 7601/7600” and “This copy of Windows is not genuine” in the bottom-right of the black screen. How does this happen? This error occurs when you are running the Windows 7 that’s not genuine or your license got expired. Besides, this error occurs due to Windows update KB971033. If you are running a genuine Windows 7 but “This copy of Windows is not genuine” issue occurs, you could refer to the following solutions to fix that.
How to Fix “This copy of Windows is not genuine” issue in Windows 7
Solution 1: Perform the “SLMGR –REARM” Command
SLMGR, a management tool licensed by Windows, is mainly used for managing system activation, keys and license. When SLMGR works with the REARM command, Windows will get licensed again.
Please note that Office probably will not work properly if you perform that command and you may be prompted to restart Windows because Software Protection Service has been reset. In this case, the issue will not be fixed until Office is reinstalled.
Tips: If you don’t have administrative privileges, it’s suggested to create an administrator account at first.
After the PC restarts, you will see that “This copy of Windows is not genuine” error has gone.
Tips: The 0xC004D307 error means that the maximum allowed number of re-arms has been exceeded.
Solution 2: Uninstall Windows Update KB971033
The following method can fix “This copy of Windows is not genuine” error on volume-licensed Windows 7 clients that had KB971033 installed. But please note that Removing installed Windows update can cause data loss. So it’s suggested to back up your PC before Windows update is uninstalled.
Want to get a more reliable way to back up Windows 7? It’s recommended to use Renee Becca. This tool not only can back up personal files from the PC but also back up the operating system including system files, users profile, applications, system settings, etc. The latest version of Renee Becca supports Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. For more details of how to use Renee Becca, please refer to the guide for Windows 7 backup and recovery.
Tips: In the first “cscript” command, replace the “KMS client key” with the actual key. Want to get more information? Please refer to the details of KMS activation and GVLK key.
KMS KMS Client Keys
Windows 7 Professional
|Windows 7 Professional N|
Windows 7 Professional E
Windows 7 Enterprise
|Windows 7 Enterprise N|
|Windows 7 Enterprise E|
Disclaimer and Reminder of Risks
In Japan, the laws of intellectual property rights have been established well and punishment is harsh. The individual, who uses pirated software, violates the rules and even made a more severe crime such as theft, will face up to 10 years in jail and will be fined up to ten million yen.
In United State, intellectual property is valued mostly. According to the Title 17 of United State Code concerning intellectual property rights, those who copy system and software without authorization may bear civil and criminal liabilities. Civil lawsuits can cost thousands of dollars in damages, while serious criminal charges can result in a felony record with up to five years in jail and a fine of up to 250,000 dollars.
China, as a member of developing country, also severely deals with the conduct of making pirated software via intellectual property laws.
According to the past cases exposed by Microsoft’s legal department, Microsoft usually doesn’t take legal action against individual software pirate. But Microsoft will take legal action against large organizations and enterprises that widely use pirated software.
In conclusion, those using pirated Windows system definitely violate Microsoft’s intellectual property and trademark. The individual or organizations that use pirated software probably will not lead to a lawsuit from Microsoft. But Microsoft retains rights to take legal actions against the software pirates. We hereby recommend you to support genuine Windows.
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