With the KB971033 update lớn the Windows 7 Operating System, Microsoft made the then-lademo version of the Windows OS capable of determining whether or not a copy of Windows 7 was genuine và the real giảm giá. If, in any case, Windows 7 would determine that a specific copy of the OS was not genuine, it would replace the user’s desktop wallpaper with a blank blaông chồng background with a message stating “This copy of Windows is not genuine” along with the version và build of the Windows OS installed on the computer in question.

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This is quite similar khổng lồ the “You may have been a victim of software counterfeiting” message that would appear on computers running on Windows XPhường should their copies of the OS be detected as pirated copies. While this technology is only designed to display the “This copy of Windows is not genuine” message to users using pirated copies of Windows 7, it sometimes slips up và displays the message to Windows 7 users who own completely legitimate copies of Windows 7. This is especially the case with Windows 7 users who own completely legitimate OEM versions of Windows 7 – the versions that came pre-installed on their PCs/laptops from their manufacturers và it shows an activation error.

Thankfully for you, though, the “This copy of Windows is not genuine” message can definitely be removed và the blaông xã background that it came with getting rid of. If you’re affected by this problem, regardless of whether or not you are using a legitimate version of Windows 7, & are interested in knowing how khổng lồ resolve this issue, here’s how you can vày so:

Phase 1: Uninstalling update KB971033

First & foremost, you are going khổng lồ have sầu to lớn uninstall update KB971033 from your computer. However, keep in mind – this is only part of the solution lớn getting rid of the “This copy of Windows is not genuine” message and will not be able to fix the issue on its own. To uninstall update KB971033, you need to:

Open the Start Menu.Search for “windows update”.Clichồng on the tìm kiếm result titled Windows Update under the Programs Cliông chồng on View installed updates in the left pane.Once all of your installed updates have sầu been loaded and you can see them in the right pane, sift through them, locate update KB971033, right-clichồng on it và clichồng on Uninstall in the contextual menu.Go through the uninstallation process and then restart your computer. Move sầu onkhổng lồ Phase 2 once your computer boots up.

Phase 2: Resetting the licensing status of your computer

Once you have uninstalled update KB971033, you need to lớn remix the licensing status of your computer so that you are no longer met with the “This copy of Windows is not genuine” message on your desktop. To vày so, you need to:

xuất hiện the Start Menu.Search for “cmd”.Right-clichồng on the tìm kiếm result named cmd & cliông xã on Run as administrator. This will launch an elevated Commvà Prompt that has administrative sầu privileges.
Running Commvà Prompt as an administratorType the following command-line inlớn the elevated Command Prompt and press Enter:

slmgr -rearmYou will see a confirmation window. Clichồng on OK.Restart your computer, and once it boots up, you will see that the “This copy of Windows is not genuine” message is no longer there. Your desktop will still have sầu a blank blaông xã background, but you are going khổng lồ have sầu khổng lồ fix that yourself by right-clicking on an empty space on your desktop, clicking on personalizing & changing your desktop background.Note: The SLMGR –REARM command-line is designed khổng lồ work on 32-bit versions of the Windows 7 OS & works on almost all 32-bit versions of Windows 7 & a few 64-bit versions of Windows 7. However, if you use this command-line & see that the “This copy of Windows is not genuine” message is still there when you restart your computer, you may have sầu better luchồng repeating the steps listed và described above but this time using the following command-line instead of SLMGR –REARM:

slmgr /rearmIf you run the “slmgr -rearm” or “slmgr /rearm” command-line & receive an error message stating that “This maximum allowed number of rearms has been exceeded”, you need to go through the following steps in order lớn fix the issue & proceed with Phase 2:

Press Windows Logo key + R lớn open a Run Type regedit.exe cộ inlớn the Run dialog and press Enter.
mở cửa RegeditIn the left pane, navigate lớn the following directory:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > WindowsNT > Current versionIn the left pane, click on the SoftwareProtectionPlatform folder lớn have its contents displayed in the right pane.In the right pane, locate và right-cliông xã on a registry value named SkipRearm and clichồng on Modify in the contextual thực đơn.In the Modify dialog box, change the Value data for the key from 0 khổng lồ 1 & cliông xã on OK.Exit the Registry Editor and restart your computer. Give sầu Phase 2 another try when your computer boots up, & you should be successful this time.If you run the SLMGR –REARM or SLMGR /REARM command-line và receive sầu an error message stating that “SLGMR is not recognized as an internal or external command”, the cause can be one of three things – you are typing the command-line incorrectly, you are not typing the command-line into an elevated Command Prompt that you are running as an administrator or there is a problem with your computer’s slmgr.vbs tệp tin. If there is a problem with your computer’s slmgr.vbs file that is causing the command-line to lớn not be executed correctly, here’s what you need to do:

Open My Computer.Double-clichồng on the partition of your Hard Disk Drive sầu that Windows 7 is installed on.Double-cliông chồng on the folder named Windows.Locate và double-cliông chồng on a thư mục named System32.Locate và right-clichồng on a file named slmgr regardless of what its extension is and cliông xã on Rename in the contextual thực đơn.Rename the file to vbs.

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Restart your computer & give sầu Phase 2 another try when it boots up. This time, you should be successful at running the SLMGR –REARM or SLMGR /REARM command-line.

Pro Tip: To make sure that the “This copy of Windows is not genuine” message does not come bachồng, make sure that you turn off automatic Windows updates. In order to lớn turn off automatic Windows updates, you need to:

Open the Start Menu.Search for “windows update”.Cliông chồng on the search result titled Windows Update under the Programs Cliông xã on Change Settings in the left pane.Under Important updates, open the dropdown thực đơn và cliông chồng on Never kiểm tra for updates (not recommended) from the list of options.Restart your computer.

Also, try lớn perform a startup repair if all else fails.

Phase 3: Reconfiguring Plug và Play Service

In some cases, your computer’s policy might not be configured properly due lớn which it might be preventing certain services from being started on your computer. Therefore, in this step, we will be making some changes to lớn the system’s policies và make sure that the Plug and Play Security service is mix in such a way that it is allowed to startup automatically. For that:

Press “Windows” + “R” on your keyboard to lớn launch the Run prompt.Type in ‘Rsop.msc” & press “Enter”.Typing in rsop.msc in the promptSetup should start after you perkhung the above sầu step, let the thiết đặt complete & the Resultant Set of Policy window will open up.Double cliông xã on the “Computer Configuration” option to lớn expvà it and then double cliông xã on the “Windows Settings” option.After that, double cliông xã on the “Security Settings” and then double clichồng on the “System Services” option.In the right pane, there should be a comprehensive sầu các mục of services that are supposed to lớn be running in the background.Find the “Plug and Play” service from the các mục & double clichồng on it lớn open its properties.Double-clicking on the Plug và Play ServiceIn the “Select Service Startup Mode” option, kiểm tra the “Automatic” option, & make sure to save your changes.Now exit out of the window after making sure that your changes have sầu been saved.Press “Windows” + “R” to lớn launch the Run prompt again & type in the following commvà.

gpupdate/forcePress “Enter” to lớn exexinh tươi this command & wait for its execution lớn be completed.Restart your computer và kiểm tra lớn see if the issue still persists.
By Kevin Arrows July 23, 2020
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