Getting To the Bottom of the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” Issue

Is the Windows Not Genuine Prompt Getting on Your Nerves?

I’ll go out on a limb here and say most responses to that statement will be a resounding “YES!!!!”

Windows is a great all-rounder operating system. It is a jack of all trades and covers pretty much anything the mainstream user will need. Though even with that said, it is not without its drawbacks, and these drawbacks in the form of bugs and other unwelcome niggles are well publicised.

Getting To the Bottom of the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” Issue

One of the most common of these, and certainly talked about as the most frustrating, is the permanent “This Copy of Windows is Not Genuine” prompt that fixes itself to the corner of your screen, and will not go away.

Can something be done about it?

There is a way to free your device of this unwelcome advice, and we’ll talk you through it in the following sections.

Why am I getting this ‘window is not genuine’ error?

There are two main reasons why the Windows is Not Genuine prompt appears on your screen:

  • Your copy of Windows is not an official, licensed version
  • You are using an out of date or expired version of Windows

The most straightforward solution and the one that Microsoft will always suggest as the solution to your problem are to with upgrade your version of Windows through them or purchase a genuine license, also directly through Microsoft.

You could be seeing the “This Copy of Windows is Not Genuine” prompt on your screen because the copy you are using is pirated.

Why do I need to do something about it?

Left unresolved, the Windows is Not Genuine prompt will:

  • Drain resources on your computer and gradually slow down the running speed of programs and reduce overall battery life
  • Interrupt your enjoyment of videos and immersion in movies with its constant appearance in the corner of your screen
  • Be an ongoing distraction from work and other desktop tasks
  • Limit access to Windows features, such as the ability to customise the desktop background

What can I do to resolve the ‘windows is not genuine’ problem?

The “This Copy of Windows is not Genuine” issue most commonly occurs in the Windows 7 version of the operating system, so the following solutions are most applicable to that instance of the software.

Solution 1

First of all, make sure you have disabled automatic updates. Then purchase a genuine Windows license directly from Microsoft. That is the easiest solution. In the meantime, the following procedure will rid your machine of this desktop squatter once and for all. Just take yourself through the steps below.

  1. In the Start menu search, type “CMD” then run the command prompt as an administrator
  2. Enter the command SLMGR- REARM (Enter SLMGR/REARM if this doesn’t seem to have the desired result
  3. Restart your PC
  4. That’s it!

That should do the trick. If it the above doesn’t solve the problem and the “Windows is not Genuine” image is still appearing on your screen, don’t worry, you can try these alternative solutions: 

Solution 2

  • Open the Control Panel
  • Select ‘System & Security
  • Select ‘Windows Update.’
  • Select ‘View Installed Updates’
  • Find and uninstall the update named KB971033
  • Restart your computer

Still not having much luck? Still seeing the dreaded image on your desktop? Fret not. You can try this alternative method:

Solution 3

  • Open the ‘Run’ window by pressing r, and the Windows key simultaneously
  • In the Run window type rsop.msc
  • Go to ‘Plug and Play Services’ under Windows Settings>Security Settings>System Services
  • Right click and select Startup>Automatic
  • Open the ‘Run’ window once more and enter the following command: gopdate/force
  • Restart your computer

If you are still having trouble removing the image after trying the above solutions, take a look at this troubleshooting guide that presents some solutions to common pitfalls.

If Windows is telling you the following:

“The maximum allowed number of rearms has been exceeded”. You can take the below steps to overcome this problem:

  1. Open the ‘Run’ window.
  2. Enter exe
  3. Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE-> Software -> Microsoft -> WindowsNT -> Current version -> SoftwareProtectionPlatform.
  4. Select SkipRearmand click ‘modify’. Here change the value from 0 to 1
  5. Restart your computer

That will solve that particular issue.

If Windows is telling you that SLGMR is not recognised as an internal or external command, you can try the following steps to overcome this error.

First of all, ensure sure you have correctly typed the SLMGR -REARM command. Be aware that there is a space separating the dash and the second ‘R’.

Also, check that you have opened the command prompt while in administrator mode.

If the above two points have been addressed and are all clear, the issue may be with the slmgr.vbs file.

To deal with this problem, what you will need to do is make another attempt at the solution we gave at the top of this section. But first, follow the below procedure:

  1. Click on ‘My Computer’ and access the ‘C’ drive. In the Windows, folder finds and select the system32 folder.
  2. Locate the file named vbs.REMOVEWAT (slmgr.vbs file).
  3. Right click on this file, select ‘rename’, and re-title it as VBS.

    Let’s hope that did the trick!!!

In 95% of cases, the above answers should sort out your “This Copy of Windows is Not Genuine” related woes. It is truly incredible how such a small, simple error can cause so much stress and frustration. But, that’s the point, and the majority of people will happily throw money at the problem to get the quick fix and save any further hindrance. Good job Microsoft!

We hope you have benefitted from the solutions presented in this short guide. If you have any personal experiences overcoming this issue, or updates on solutions, please let us know.

Thanks for reading!

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