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"This copy of Windows is not genuine"


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mopar440

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Product Name: HP Pavillion
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista

Had a power surge that damaged mother board and power supply... had a Gateway tower with good internals, sans hard drive... installed original hard drive from my Pavillion into the Gateway tower, works fine, but getting message that says "This copy of Windows is not genuine"... won't accept original product key... what to do? Am happy with Windows Vista Home Premium, don't really feel the need to upgrade...

 

Thanks for your time!

 


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Hi,

 

It seems your Windows Vista is an OEM version provided by HP, OEM licenses can't be moved to different hardware and that's why the license and key isn't accepted.

 

What was the original Windows license provided with the Gateway machine?


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No idea, as it came to me without a hard drive/OS...


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I guess my only issue is that some features may not be available without the key...


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No idea, as it came to me without a hard drive/OS...

 
Look for the COA it should be stick on the machine.
HardwareCOA.gif

or for Windows 8 OEM

windows-8-COA-sticker.jpg
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Windows 7...


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Windows 7...


If you have the Windows 7 DVD with the same OS bits (32 or 64 bits) and same language as the Windows Vista, it should be possible to upgrade the Vista installation to Windows 7.
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See here: How to Clean Reinstall a Factory OEM Windows 7

 

The first section describes all the ways you can try to get a Windows 7 ISO.


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I had this happen to me once. I rebooted and things were fine
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I got this ASUS laptop from a college grad who didn't WANT it any more. (!!????!!!) It worked fine for 3 years now says this copy of Windows is not genuine. Tried to use my backup and recovery dvds but they dont work. What can I do?
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https://www.google.c... is not genuine


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From a Ru box or Command Prompt, run "SLUI 4.EXE" and follow the wizard to activate Windows 7 by phone. If it won't activate hang on and talk to a MS rep, they should be able to help.


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http://www.ebay.com/...64-bit&_sacat=0


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