Solved windows repair problems, now non-genuine windows

January 18, 2013 at 03:49:11
Specs: Windows 7
i recently had a virus which corrupted my boot sector, and after a week of trying to repair i finally managed to get windows to load again.

the problem im now having is that my acl list and tokens were also corrupted and replaced, i had to use a friends copy of his windows recovery disk as i cant find mine, and now it's saying i have a non genuine copy of windows.

i phoned microsoft but they said they need proof of purchase, which was well over 5 years ago, so needless to say i dont have that receipt!. i tried doing the windows loader activation, but that doesnt work either. so, what i did was install my friends copy of windows onto another disk, and it works fine...activated etc no problem.

does anyone know how i can get my original installation back to working properly, as i dont want to do a completely fresh install of all my installed programs, as again, i would probably run into problems with regards to licences etc that i have bought but dont have they keys

Windows 7 x64
Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 4.1GHz
ATI Radeon HD4870 XFire

8GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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January 20, 2013 at 13:49:03
thanks for the replies folks, but i managed to sort it out.
i think this happened when i updated my bios, used a non-slic version and thats where the issue seems to stem from. managed to get a modded bios and injected the asus slic, now it's back to the way it was :)

thanks for the help

Windows 7 x64
Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 4.1GHz
ATI Radeon HD4870 XFire

8GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1



#1
January 18, 2013 at 05:11:49
You can try a System Restore to way back before any problems appeared. This will replace registry and system files with your original ones. Go back at least a week or two before you noticed anything unusual beginning to avoid reloading the infection along with it. Make sure that you immediately run Malwarebytes and your re-updated antivirus program followed by a manual Windows Update to make sure that you are clean.

Once you get it running exactly the way you want it again, do a couple of things to protect yourself for the future. First, using Windows Back up, make a Disk Image of your hard drive (or operating system partition) and store that away. Then set up a regular back up of your personal files (to an external or second hard drive). Then make a Windows Repair Disk (in the back up section). A Windows 7 Repair Disk can do a Start Up Repair, a System Restore (even if the system cannot boot), and it can ReImage your hard drive or partition from you stored drive image. With a Disk Image and a Repair Disk you can reload your entire drive to that exact point in time no matter what happens, including a Root Kit infection or a hard drive failure, follow that with a back up restore, and you are back in business in practically no time.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
January 18, 2013 at 07:56:13
Do you know your legal installation key? If not knowing your key is the problem then if you are successful in performing a system restore then after that operation is done I suggest you download the free version of magical jellybean.

That program can recover the key from a working system.

If you do know the key then your issue is that you used the wrong type of DVD. You need to use the same type of disk as your originally installed with.

Post back for further help.


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#3
January 18, 2013 at 08:38:03
I trust you used your own key and not the one that your friend was using. If it was your friends then that will have already been registered to another computer.

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#4
January 18, 2013 at 09:18:22
@ Fingers....i tried system restore, and when each one was installing it kept saying there was an error with a (random) file, and would just delete the restore point....this happened to every one of my restore points (11 in total)

@ OtheHill & Derek.....that is my problem, i cant find my own windows disk, and had to use my friends to get a working system again....obviously i cant use his key either....so im in a bit of limbo where i find myself with no key:(

ive tried a loader, but that fails to work as well

Windows 7 x64
Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 4.1GHz
ATI Radeon HD4870 XFire

8GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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#5
January 18, 2013 at 10:12:43
I just tried a program that is by the makers of magical jellybean that can recover the key from a different installation of Windows.

I suggest you install the free demo. If you see more than one version of Windows 7 listed the second one may have a message that the key is hidden in the demo version. If that happens you will need to decide if it is worth the price to recover the key.

A link to the program is below.

Before you do that you need to explain what type of Windows 7 you originally had. SLP versions of Windows are those that come pre-installed on a new OEM (brand name) computer. This type of Windows installation does NOT require any install key. However, you MUST use the correct type of disk to re-install.

The other two types are full or upgrade and DO require a key to activate.

Post what type you had originally and what type of disk you borrowed from your friend.

http://recover-keys.com/en/download...


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#6
January 18, 2013 at 10:30:34
i had a pre-installed version of windows and only had a recovery disk, which was eventually lost. the disk i got from my mate was a full disk with product key etc.

like i say, i installed his version on another drive and it works perfectly well, but i cant use the key on my original installation

Windows 7 x64
Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 4.1GHz
ATI Radeon HD4870 XFire

8GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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#7
January 18, 2013 at 12:34:55
Provide the model number of your computer and of your mates computer. You shouldn't have had to provide any key if you had a SLP version. The problem may be caused by using a full or upgrade disk. You may abe able to get another disk from the manufacturer of you computer. That is why I need your brand and model number.

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#8
January 18, 2013 at 17:38:44
i had a pre-installed version of windows and only had a recovery disk, which was eventually lost. the disk i got from my mate was a full disk with product key etc.

If he gave you the disk - and it sounds like it since you're using the key on the other drive - I think you can do a repair install and feed in the new key. Emphasis on "I think".


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January 20, 2013 at 13:49:03
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thanks for the replies folks, but i managed to sort it out.
i think this happened when i updated my bios, used a non-slic version and thats where the issue seems to stem from. managed to get a modded bios and injected the asus slic, now it's back to the way it was :)

thanks for the help

Windows 7 x64
Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 4.1GHz
ATI Radeon HD4870 XFire

8GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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#10
January 20, 2013 at 13:51:50
That's good news, thanks for popping back to let us know the outcome.

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