How To Fix This Copy Of Windows Is Not Genuine Error

Today I’m pretty excited to share the common error named this copy of windows is not genuine fixWindows is the far better Operating System that what I recommend for any kind of business works, for personal needs go for Mac. Though windows is the legend in the industry it has huge errors list which makes the users frustrated when they’re busy with their works. Among them, this error is the most common and popular one. It pop-ups during each time you turn your PC on, it is one of the most irritating error which I’ve encountered in my Laptop during when I was being blogged on Ashik Tricks. I know how much irritating is this windows not genuine error isSo I thought to post some permanent solution of this problem with my readers. This error is very common in build 7600 especially.

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This copy of windows is not genuine error

Well, we’ll walk you through the complete step-by-step process on how you can fix this windows not genuine errorWE will educate your why and how this types of Windows error causes and their precautions to prevent these type of errors. As, I have already told you that this error generally arises in Windows 7, so you will be reading about this copy of windows is not genuine windows 7 fix. In other words, we are sharing not a genuine copy of windows 7 fix. Now a days, many guys are also getting this copy of windows is not genuine build 7601 error. So, guys are updating this post by listing all possible solutions of this error.

Read: How to Create Bootable Windows 7, 8 and 10

Why You Need To Get Rid of This Error? 

There are many strong reasons that withstand why you need to fix this error in your computer. So I’ve mentioned them below,

  • It is the most irritating error which prompts on the regular intervals which reduces your overall productivity.
  • This error gradually reduces the performance of your computer, which makes it damn slow to get your work done.
  • You can’t change the wallpaper of your computer, you are left with the black background.
  • A tiny error message above the notification area, which makes it hard to remove while taking the snapshots.
  • The laptop battery may drain quickly if you no longer thought of removing this error.
  • Some of the features are restricted unless you remove this error in your computer.

So, it was some of the reasons why you need to get rid of this error.

What are the Other types of errors similar to this?

There are many of other types of Windows not genuine problem are around, but the step which I’ve mentioned below will help you in getting rid of this error.

Similar Errors: This copy of windows is not genuine build 7601, build 6002, build 7600 or this computer is not running genuine windows. You can face this error in all Windows versions like Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8,8.1 & Windows 10.

Why Windows is not genuine error keep prompting?

There are many reasons why this windows not genuine error prompts, we’ve mentioned them below within which this error may occur.

The main reason behind this error is you are not using the genuine Operating System unless you have an official copy from the Microsoft Windows. If you’ve pirated version of Windows this is the first error you’ll get each time when you boot up your computer.

Another reason why this error of windows is not genuine occur when your operating system expires are you’ve outdated one. I recommend you to keep updated your OS frequently either it may make a path for this genuine error with misconfiguration the system.

How to Fix “This Copy of Windows is Not Genuine” Error

There are four methods to fix this error:

First Method To Fix This Error

Hope you’ve got a picture about what “this copy of windows is not genuine” error actually. Here we’ve arrived with the core part to fix this genuine error. It will work either you’ve Windows 32 /64-bit version, all you need to do is execute this process as mentioned below.

Step 1:

Go to start menu and search for CMD then you need to run the Command Prompt as administrator. In Windows 8 or later go press Windows Key + S, then enter CMD in the search box and right click on the Command prompt and run it as Administrator. If you’ve administrator access you can to go to the start menu or you can simply Press Win + R keys to open the Run program. Then enter CMD and press enter.

Step 2:

Once you’ve opened the Command prompt with the administrator privatization, then you need to enter SLMGR -REARM command in the Command prompt and press enter. then you’ll get a successful message about to restart your computer. Well guys, this command was not working on some Windows 7 versions so you can try this command: SLMGR /REARM.

Step 3:

Then you need to restart your computer to remove windows is not genuine error from your windows computer.

Windows is not genuine fix

Read: Install Mac OS in Windows PC

If you followed these steps you can easily remove this error in your computer. make sure you’ve followed the steps correctly without skipping them. Enjoy the error-free computer.

Is this error still remain unfixed? Are you getting any of below error?

1. Error 1: This maximum allowed number of rearms has been exceeded. Well, then let’s discuss how to fix this error.

  1. Open Run from Start menu or press Windows button + R.
  2. Now type: regedit.exe
  3. Follow this path now: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Microsoft -> WindowsNT -> Current version -> SoftwareProtectionPlatform.
  4. Now, look for SkipRearm and click on modify, then change it’s value data from 0 to 1.
  5. Restart your computer now.

Now, follow above steps carefully again and this error should be fixed this time. Let’s discuss second case if you haven’t got that above error.

2. Error 2: SLGMR is not recognized as an internal or external command. Well, there are multiple reasons due to which this error generally occurs.

First Reason: Make sure you have pasted SLMGR -REARM command correctly. (Note that there is space betweeb dash and R).

Second Reason: Make sure you have opened Command prompt in Administrator mode. (if not, then from start menu look for Command Prompt, Right click on it and click on Run as Administrator).

Third Reason: There might be any problem with slmgr.vbs file. To fix this error, Open My Computer and Open C Drive now. Click on Windows folder, look for system32 folder and open it. Now, look for slmgr.vbs.REMOVEWAT (Or any extension of slmgr.vbs file). Just, rename this file to slmgr.vbs.

Now, try to follow method 1 again to fix this error again. Well, guys now this windows not genuine error will be removed now but it is not enough (if you are not using original version of Windows).

Method 2 To Fix This Error:

So here comes second method to fix this error. If above error fix didn’t worked for you, then you can give a try to this method.

Steps of fix using Command Prompt:

  1. Open Control Panel in your Windows from Start menu.
  2. Click on System & Security. (If you are a Windows XP user, then there is no need to click on System & Security).
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click on View Installed updates. (See below screenshot for reference)fix this copy of windows is not genuine 2015
  5. Now, look for KB971033 update. Right click on it.
  6. Click on Uninstall.uninstall
  7. It will show a popup. Simply, click on Yes.

Restart your computer and you will find that you have got rid of this error now.

Method 3 To Fix Windows Not Genuine Error

This method is based on RSOP also known as Resultant Set of Policy Window.

Steps to get rid of this error using RSOP:

  1. First of all, Press Windows button + R from your keyboard to open Run.
  2. Type rsop.msc and hit enter button.
  3. Now, follow this path simply : Windows Settings > Security Settings > System Services.
  4. Now, look for Plug and Play services.fix this copy of windows not genuine using rsop
  5. Right click on it, Just look for Startup and Click on Automatic.
  6. Now, open Run again by pressing Windows + R or you can open it from Start menu as well.
  7. Paste this command into run box : gpupdate /force & Press Enter.

Restart your computer. Congratulations, this error is gone forever.

Method 4 (Shared by a reader)

If still this error is not fixed, then you can try below method. Below, I am listing one more method to fix this error. This method is shared by Sasidharan.

1. Find and delete C:\Windows\System32\slui.exe (supply necessary permissions thru file properties if delete fails)
2. Open cmd as administrator and execute  SLMGR -REARM. (Follow first method again).

Some Tips:

So guys, We have already shared 3 methods to fix this windows not genuine error. So, I hope you have fixed this problem but now question arises in our mind is “Is it permanent fix?” Well, It’s permanent fix but still you have to keep certain things into minds to make sure that this error will not pop up later.

  1. Disable Auto-updates of Windows: You should disable auto-update of Windows installed in your system to make sure that windows not genuine problem will not come again. You should not update your Windows manually also.
  2. Buy Windows license from Microsoft: If you have not bought Windows license from Microsoft, then you must buy official license from Microsoft official website.

So, it was all about this windows not genuine error fix. If you are still facing any problem, then feel free to comment below.

Final Words,

Error free computer experience is the everyone’s dream, among all those errors this copy of windows is not genuine is really an irritating error. If you followed the above-mentioned steps without any manual mistakes you can easily fix Windows is the genuine error. Hope you all benefited from this post, if you liked this feel free share it with your friends let them know on windows is not genuine fix. Please bookmark this page for further updates about windows not genuine error, that what I recommend.


  1. Nice fix for guys who want to still go ahead with the pirated copy and do not want to spend penny towards buying an original one

    • Thanks a lot. This quick fix of this copy of windows is not genuine error worked perfectly. I hope it’s permanent too.

    • It’s a fix for everyone. I don’t have a pirated copy and this error came out of nowhere after a windows update. I have a genuine copy on my Samsung all in one, but have disabled updates…been doing them manually. I can’t upgrade to windows 10 even though I am approved as Samsung easy settings will be lost and also Samsung says not to on their site for my model pc. The quick fix worked perfectly….the second SLMGR /REARM option. I had tried scanning with Malwarebytes, Trojan Remover, Webroot, Malicious software Tool, and looked for that KB971033 update with no luck. thank you for posting this….what a relief to have my p/c back to normal…and so simple.

      • natasha says:

        it is happening to me now but not have kb971033 instilled. do you loss everthing on your computer

      • Donna – I am having the exact same issue as you. Bought my machine in 2013, legitimate everything, and the error started out of nowhere last week. Wouldn’t surprise me if MS was doing this in an “update” to drive people to Windows 10. ANNOYING.

    • I have FACTORY INSTALLED Windows 7, and am having issues like so many others,,, NONE of the fixes enumerated here have helped… WHAT THE FUCK?????????????

    • Aashish says:

      The first one with SLMGR /REARM worked for me and I guess my os was pirated but I am gonna get the original win 10 soon

    • Reality Pal says:

      I cant rename slmgr to slmgr.vbs popup saying need permission from trusted installer ..please help me

    • For Jim, I don’ t have a pirated copy. That’s an invalid assumption, and I know lots of people just like me who started getting this message some time ago.. Microsoft just started this error message after I unintentionally upgraded to Win10 (at one of their many annoying pop-ups to get you to install it), then backed it out. Since then, I get this annoying and frequent pop-up telling me my Windows version is not genuine–it is. I bought the laptop with it.
      Microsoft wants you to upgrade! (I have WIndows 7 that came on the HP laptop I bought at Costco)

  2. I cannot make changes to rsop.msc plug and play. It says nothing is defined for everything and all the options are greyed out and i cannot change. What can I do? I have done other fixes listed and the error comes back. Bad thing is my windows IS genuine!

  3. Che Hyamsy says:

    i can not make changes to rsop.msc plug and play, it is greyed out and i can not change to automatic, what can i do?

  4. Anshul sharma says:

    Oops sir Michael slui per click kr ke delete krta hu to 2 hi option aate h 3 nhi just per aspects click Krte h

  5. I uninstalled the update and turned off auto-updates, and it turned off the messages for about a week or two, but the messages are back. I’m not sure how to permanently remove this annoyance?

  6. Wonderful. Simple way to solve. I got it fixed

  7. Amigo you are a Genius…one of your fixes worked.

    This one worked for me: SLMGR/REARM.


    Thanks a million…my copy is genuine by the way…

  8. Richard Searles says:

    Thank you so much for this information!!!

    I’ve had Windows 7 GENUINELY installed on my old desktop for over three years with no problem, then in early January I suddenly got the Build 7601 Error message.

    Every other website I tried for a solution didn’t work, or was aimed and computer geeks ( I am NOT one!)

    I did ther simply trhree step solution you’ve shown above and yay!! It worked!!!


  9. Can’t get it to work for me

  10. the problem is fixed ….but it continue showing at startup…

  11. Last option is not working plug and play and setting on automatic is not working:(

    Its disable I just cant click it. and also even after renaming slmgr.vps in sys32 folder CMD is not recognizing the command !!!!

  12. Hi, I opened control panel, windows update section, But, I didn’t see “KB971033”. It’s a big list of updates for windows and security updates from year 2010-2016. The oldest update is KB976902 (2010) and its not showing uninstall option when I right click on that row. The newest update is of Feb-2016 KB2952664 and its showing uninstall option. What should I do now?

    I also tried doing,
    1. slmgr -rearm OR slemr/rearm (in Admin mode)
    2. Changing regedit skrem key from 0 to 1 (At times getting reset to 0 again after I restart)
    3. Try changing slmgr.vbs to slmgr.vps (Its not allowing me to do it)

    What should I do to remove that warning.

  13. Lem Currowski says:

    Well , I tried all 3 methods, followed the instructions to the letter.
    Nothing worked.
    kb971033 is not installed and updates are off.

    Windows defender is installed, could this be checking for WGA?

  14. thank you so much, this appears to have fixed my laptop. this happened to the last instillation of windows 7 and i reinstalled windows 7 because i thought it was a virus.

    not to put on a tinfoil hat, but i don’t feel like this is just an error. with how much they’ve been pestering people to upgrade to windows 10, this feels like a very intentional stunt on their part to make people feel like windows 7 is somehow obsolete from a security standpoint. i say this because my copy of windows 7 is 100% genuine. it is an OEM license provided by Dell, who made my laptop. on a fresh instillation of windows, it shows my product key and says that it is genuine.

    • Annymous says:

      I also have a fully-legal, paid-for license for Windows 7 Ultimate that keeps putting up this nonsense at startup. I’ve had to deal with it twice now in a month. The only mistake I have made is cloning a failing hard drive.
      One of these fixes worked for me this time. I’m expecting more difficulty as the Windows 10 dealine approaches in July. Microsoft started this nonsense way over twenty years ago to try to force us to use only “Microsoft-captive” products. Now it seems they are after our private information for their enrichment – much like Google and Apple – by offering a “free” Windows 10. Like many of you who replied, I suspect another trick.

  15. ITS NOT slmgr.VPS ITS slmgr.vbs

    • Thank you for your help.

      • liljsully37 says:

        Hello I have tried all these steps and it’s not working, nor will it connect to my Internet. My router keeps saying it’s password has changed. I’m pretty frustrated. I didn’t have this issue until after I had a guy repair my charge port.

        My luck huh?

  16. I have had this error a few times in the past months, and in the past, I was able to get rid of it simply by doing the SLMGR -REARM command. however, today, i tried it again, and it doesn’t seem to be working any more.

    first i hit the error “This maximum allowed number of rearms has been exceeded.”, i fixed that and was able to put in the command again. I still get the same response as always, with the “command completed successfully, Please restart the system for changes to take effect”, but when i restart, its still not genuine.

    second, i tracked down that update patch KB971033, and uninstalled it (was from 2012). restarted again, nothing, rearmed, restarted, nothing.

    third, I deleted the slui application, restarted, nothing, rearmed, restarted, still nothing.

    fourth, i tried looking for rsop, but ‘run’ didn’t even recognize that.

    I also tried to just resort to taking the free upgrade from windows 7 to windows 10, but it says that I need a genuine copy of windows 7 to get it. this is the same windows 7 copy that came with my computer, almost 4 years ago.

    Am I am missing something here?

  17. i can not make changes to rsop.msc plug and play
    what can i do?

  18. Microsoft deserved to get fecked in the eye with this. I have since late 80’s – my Win 3.1 1.44 disk, Win 95 / 98 / Office 95 / 97 /2003 / 2010 Cd’s and Win 7 Pro. So, I did not use my home pc for about 3 months, was using a company laptop and when I decided to use it – Microsoft decide that my legally paid for stuff is not genuine. They will never get another cent of me!

  19. Well, I was skeptical, as it’s never usually this easy, but it was! The first method of slmgr /rearm successfully fixed the error first time!

  20. Helo! It works perfectly! Especially remaing of system32 file. U r a genius. Hope it wil be permanent.

  21. Gbenga Kalejaiye says:

    Thanks the first method worked for me

  22. First method did the trick for me. Super neat. Thank you!

  23. Thanks for providing this tutorial. I do have one suggestion to update “Method 2 to fix this Windows is not genuine permanently”:

    – After reboot, manually run Windows Update
    – Look at “Important updates” (important updates are not installed automatically)
    – Locate KB971033
    – Right click and choose “Hide update”
    – Click “OK”

    This will permanently hide the update and prevent accidental installation in the future.

    Thanks again,


  24. I’ve attempted SLMGR /REARM the first time this happened and it worked. But the second time I tried, I also tried replacing value 0 to 1 on SkipRearm but nothing changed after trying everything else.

    I wasn’t able to try removing Plug and Play ’cause when I searched for rsop.msc it said it didn’t exist.

    Please help.

  25. i tried all the steps and it successfully show that message and i restart my pc but again it showing that this copy of window is not genuine …i tried all the 3 methods but my problem does not solve… what to do…please reply me

  26. Sonja Rademaker says:

    Thanks a million buddy. My copy IS an original one, but for some reason I got that error msg and just could not get rid of it. Yours was the ONLY advice that managed to do so. Incredibly grateful for all your tips. Really well explained too! Thanks again.

  27. Thank you very much… It works for my laptop

  28. Simply superb…

    Thanks a lot

  29. William Zhang says:

    I’ve tried every single method except the last one. None have worked. When I do method #3, I reach the part where I set the Plug and Play to automatic, but it won’t let me change it. It doesn’t let me tick the boxes. Any solutions? I would really appreciate the help.

    Thank you very much

  30. Rajkumar says:

    i have done this last time and its worked perfectly.

    but this time when i entered this comment SLMGR /REARM.
    getting an error

    windows can’t open this file slmgr.vbs

    Please help.

  31. philippe says:

    thanks a million times
    only your way was the right one

  32. I cannot make changes to rsop.msc plug and play. It says nothing is defined for everything and all the options are greyed out and i cannot change. What can I do?

  33. Md. Al Islam says:

    Thanks a lot slmgr work enough

  34. melissa montoya says:

    it still says this copy of windows is not genuine please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. taylor L. says:


    You really help me Thank you so much

  36. worked great!! thank you

  37. binaryguy says:

    >>Method 1
    I have a genuine WIndows7 from Dec2009.

    I first got this message today, 26Apr2016

    There is no windows update since 29Feb2016

    When I run your method 1, i get the following error: “On a computer running Microsoft Windows non-core edition, run ‘slui.exe 0x2a0xC04FE00″ to display the error text. Error: 0xC004FE00”

    >>Method 2
    I do see a KB971033 installed, but it is from 18May2010 (six years ago). Could this really be causing trouble now? (Or is this come kind of band aid?

    >> Method 3

    when I go through the rsop menus, the options are all grayed and I cannot select “Automatic” (or anything else)

    thanks anyway. I’m going to try to reboot and putting in the WIndows number (I didn’t do this on this reboot, because i thought it might be some kind of virus, and I was reluctant to give any personal information that might be used against me)

  38. I rearmed successfully few times before but this time Genuine text doesn’t go away.

    I have updated Windows just yesterday, but i already removed KB971033 & hid it long time ago.

    Windows update is turned off.

    I do have the update KB976902 which cannot be uninstalled.

    I redgedit the Skiprearm from 0 to 1.

    entered command SLMGR -REARM with pop up saying Successful

    restarted windows, Not Genuine text still there. I’ve even disconnected the internet.

    It’s not a problem with the text but i’m wondering if it will develop to multiple pop-ups + Black Wallpaper + slow performance issue over time?

    It’s pretty frustrating.

  39. That was clever mate!!Thank you very much.

    fixes 1 and 2 worked for me together (I got errors after applying the first fix),removed the extra text in the slmgr.vbs file , worked fix 1 again (steps 1-3)…..restart

    then remove the installed update…..voila 🙂

  40. None of these methods worked, and when i tried to change the name for the slmgr.vb i didnt have permission and it wouldnt work, and it also didnt work wheni tried changing the plug and play to automatic. What do i do?

  41. Hi, I opened control panel, windows update section, But, I didn’t see “KB971033”. It’s a big list of updates for windows and security updates from year 2010-2016. The oldest update is KB976902 (2010) and its not showing uninstall option when I right click on that row. The newest update is of Feb-2016 KB2952664 and its showing uninstall option. What should I do now?

    I also tried doing,
    1. slmgr -rearm OR slemr/rearm (in Admin mode)
    2. Changing regedit skrem key from 0 to 1 (At times getting reset to 0 again after I restart)
    3. Try changing slmgr.vbs to slmgr.vps (Its not allowing me to do it)

    What should I do to remove that warning.

  42. sir i have already use cmd solution uses 2 times and 3rd time shown not gunuine how to solve

  43. Many libraries and other businesses use a security package called DEEP FREEZE. It will prevent any changes to the PC, including KB9720133’s communications with Microsoft. Legitimate, purchased installs of WIN 7 will report as “not genuine” when they are. The only way to prevent that is to hide that 971033 for legitimate reasons: IT’S PLAIN WRONG. After it does label the system, enjoy your hours on the phone getting another key number as your PURCHASED ONE is D.O.A.

  44. Arnold says:

    Thanks a million. SLMGR/REARM worked perfectly but after checking my properties on my computer it says that I have 30days to activate windows. How do I fix that permanently? Please help.

    • Ready4Freddy1987 says:

      I think you might have to uninstall Update KB971033. I’ll tell you if that works tomorrow.

  45. Satyajit says:

    Great fix. its done magic for me. thanks

  46. shubha says:

    It still saying this copy of windows is not genuine
    I tried all the method but it still saying that
    Please help me


    RSOP.MSC can be used only to check the resulting policies applied to your system.

    To change policies the right command is GPEDIT.MSC

    • I found GPEDIT.MSC, but how do I change the setting with this? Can’t find where it should be modified.

  48. Jasmine says:

    i right clicked on KB971033 but the only options that appeared were: View details and Copy details. What should i do?

  49. Thank you so much.. ur article has helped in solving the error by only 3 steps..

  50. I tried method 1 & followed the instruction for error 1…..but it still says this copy of windows is not genuine after restart my pc…..what can I do now? ><
    P.S. I cannot found KB971033 update for method 2 and cannot change to Automatic for method 3……..

  51. Secondo says:

    1st step works like a magic thanks much 🙂

    im currently trying to manual windows update , should i ignore all KB******** ? sorry noob here.

    • You can skip if that error is fixed 🙂

      • Secondo says:

        hi do you have fb or gmail account ? i would like to send some image im currently confused what should i uninstall since i dont have KB971033 on my installed updates ?

        • Secondo says:

          hi after several windows update , KB971033 appeared . currently updating all files except that one.

          thanks again btw

  52. can I still update my windows to version 10 after doing this ?

  53. Adrian B says:

    – I’ve did the SLMGR /REARM, it worked but in Control Panel -> System -> Windows activation it now says “3 days until automatic activation”.
    – There’s no KB971033 in my Installed Updates
    – When I right-click on Plug and Play, all the options are greyed out, so it’s impossible to change anything there
    What should I do?

  54. I cannot get rid of the the “This Copy of Windows Is not Genuine” build 7601. The SLMGR -REARM command has always worked for me, when needed I just refreshed the number of rearms with the procedure described above, but suddenly it stopped working. I dont have black screen, but in the bottom right corner there is the note that its not genuine (build 7601). Ive tried literally everything but nothing works.
    Could anyone help me out? Or is the only solution to download some remove WAT program?

    • Yashaskar Kovuri says:

      I have had this issue ever since my friend installed downgraded to windows 7 on my pc without my permission.
      I have tried this technique and it worked!!
      Thanks for the article ☺

  55. Aravinth says:

    I tried method 1 by typing SLMGR/REARM. It works!!!!!..thank u fr ur article….

    • Austin Hayward says:

      After an update I experienced the same issue and used same fix.Worked straight away.Nice one guys!Remembering how to run as administrator was the tricky part!Site now bookmarked.

  56. Thank you very much it worked for me

  57. Brilliant !!! Method 1 worked for me. Thank You!

  58. Xjraziel says:

    step 3. cant check automatic startup its not defined.
    i run gpupdate /force and closing rsop popup a message save to rsop,msc?
    Clicking yes chosing sustem32 directory klik yes to replace existing file but cant save rsop.msc because this snap-in was saved in an earlier version of MMC.
    And asking to update tto MMC 3.0
    Clicking Yes says “MMC cannot save console”

    Any thoughts?

  59. great it works first one i tried the second one but it not worth-full for me

  60. How can I activate my windows 8.1 pro build 9600. Can anyone help me

  61. Claudio Benzoni says:

    Everythink ok after disinstall update KB971033 . Thank you !

  62. For this most recent rash of “Not Genuine” occurrences, first try updating your Java and Silverlight. I had this issue with two separate product keys and after updating Java and Silverlight, it reactivated and seems happy now.

  63. Doug Deleruyelle says:

    I’ve tried this before and it worked fine, but now it does not work at all. Yes all 3 methods. Now I can do method 1 after doing method 2 and it says it was successful and to restart. BUT the damn “not genuine” pop up is right back when I restart the pc, did Microsoft adapt to your methods? Please help me this is so aggravating since I have a valid copy, but I bought it used from a Radio Shack that no longer is in business.

  64. Thanks for the fix. Mine was not a pirate copy either

  65. ” Windows is the far better Operating System that what I recommend for any kind of business works, for personal needs go for Mac. ”

    Welcome to 1990’s thinking.

  66. Method 2: cannot find the KB971033 update file to uninstall? Method 3: “Automatic” is grayed out — how do I make the change??? Thanks!

  67. It worked, thanks!

  68. Thank u worked perfectly

  69. Shannon Harrison says:

    None of this worked for me and my copy is not pirated. What now? Please help!

  70. i used the second method but still no changes please suggest

  71. J.Santhanakrishnan says:

    I am unable to make changes to rsop.msc plug and play because it is in the greyed out colour. How to proceed further?

  72. Madd Hatter says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you… Microsoft started bugging me to upgrade to 10 and I can’t computer is too old. Suddenly, after an upgrade! I get windows is not genuine. Called Microsoft, they said my OS 7 was being blocked by Dell!!!! The program came with my computer. Called Dell, they said my computer was 8 years old and that it should not be running 7, only Vista. They said the motherboard was triggered to give the error there was nothing they could do.
    What??? The motherboard was triggered to give OS 7 message because I was not running Vista but had upgraded to OS 7 with a legit operating system? How do you spell conspiracy to get people with old computers to buy new one and upgrade to 10.

  73. Thank you ! Worked perfectly. Kudos sir !

  74. patrick says:

    when i type that comand in CMD, i get a message “windows script host access is disabled on this machine. contact your administratorfor details”

  75. Cheers! First method was the good one 😉

  76. Tony H. says:

    I had not powered up my Laptop for several months and when I did I got the Windows Is Not Genuine Error… My first attempt was to re-register with my Product Code, but all that got me was a reply saying it was not valid when I know it was as I had purchased a retail copy of Win 7 Pro. So I went to the next option and that was to find out if others were having the same issue. And of course it was yes… I read several sites that promoted “the fix” for this issue. And based on my own experience I chose this site and the fix that Ashik Tricks offered. Well, I can report that it worked the first try and it was a pleasant surprise. Thank you!!!! Keep up the great work!!!

  77. This initially works but every time at startup it returns.
    I’ve tried EVERYTHING.

  78. marsh lawrence says:

    that worked for me as well

  79. Wow.. Awesome tricks. I was worried so badly :).. Method 1 worked for me.. Thank you so so so so so much Ashik.. Have a good day.!!

  80. My Windows 7 is genuine but this error came up. The SLMGR/REARM worked but when I right click on My Computer and click properties,the system page comes up and it says you have 30 days to activate windows.

    Any idea?

  81. In method 2 i am not able to click on automatic in plug and play option…
    what to do..

  82. well i tried to do it and for some reasons al the three didnt work pls help
    in first it shows it cannnot find the path
    the second thar kbis not there
    and the third well i cannnot do it there is no option to make it startup

  83. Ok all good. But what about Windows 10 errors??

  84. JOHNYY95 says:

    “his maximum allowed number of rearms has been exceeded. Well, then let’s discuss how to fix this error.” – I RESOLVE THIS AND CHANGE IT FROM 0 TO 1 . THE SLMGR -REARM SAYS THAT SUCCED THE THING IN CMD, BUT WHEN I RESTART ….IT IS NOT RESOLVED…PLS HELP ME.

  85. Rudolphe says:

    In the “rsop.msc” method, the Plug and Play file does not (after opening) allow a change in automatic/manual/disabled, (the letters are grey and not black), any suggestions?

  86. Veronica says:

    Thank you very much! 🙂

  87. After 30 days it popups back again

  88. Thank you so much ^^

  89. I said No to a Windows 10 update, 1 month later Windows Build 7601 error appears*!*
    Thank you for the information, that erased this blandness ~*~
    First Fix Option worked for me:: removed error message 😉

  90. John McCormick says:

    I did this and it worked at first. Now even after doing those steps it’s still coming up my version is not genuine. anyone help?

  91. Thank you so much. It worked perfectly 🙂 🙂 I lost my genuine windows due to some updates and was having so much trouble. Thanks again

  92. thanks for these details but I am having a problem
    I did everything according to the video but not able to go forward after the typing slmgr -rearm it says I have no command whether internal or external
    what to do now please reply to me.

  93. i dont have the activation code for my old restore disk that i used to save my computer i cant resolve the genuine issue without these steps.It worked the first time with just the rearm command, but then i got the issue again so i found the kb97011 or whatever and deleted it, and i was fine for a while. i have followed another guide that got me to delete slui but even after that and the slmgr -rearm command, my os still isnt genuine. any thoughts?

  94. tracy Broomhead says:

    mine isn’t working as its not letting me change to administrator? Can anyone tell me how to do this? I cant run rsop option as it says it doesn’t exist. My computer also says no updates installed????? Can anyone help me as it wont even let me check my back up’s . My copy is genuine and running on Dell computer. As per others i was asked to upgrade to 10 and then when i declined keep getting this message.


  95. teshnic says:

    Worked for me on Vista! Once you clarified that their was a space, solution 1 did the trick. Thanks

  96. Greg Walton says:

    Microsoft is constantly harassing customers to upgrade to Windows 10, so that they can kill support for other versions and force those users to use the forums, but also to take away your desire to spend money with a competitor. My Windows 7 is quite genuine, but I get all these harassing ploys constantly now. And you might even upgrade to Windows 10 to “oh, brother, fix the problem already”. But in a short few years Microsoft will do it to you again. And again (because you fell for it the first time, and they declare that this works, and it is “good” marketing). The average American consumer doesn’t seem to get that they control, by simply buying or not; if you continue to buy from Microsoft, this is what you will get, but stop buying, and watch Microsoft stop their shenanigans. Show the market that someone else can make money with a better operating system, and somebody will put it out there. Systems like Umbutu are not that substitute, because they are built for techies, and the common man doesn’t understand the stupid names they give everything, and we don’t now how to piece it all together, and we certainly can’t easily fix it if it breaks. Smart-ass names for files and file structures don’t help anyone. Who is gonna man-up to do this? Who will put a reasonable, low-maintenance, non-extortion-based operating system on the market? Anyone? Beuler? Beuler?

    • Quite genuine?

    • Microsoft is moving towards a subscription-based paradigm. Win 10 is the first step. You will soon no longer ever own any software, you must continually subscribe or lose access. Adobe is already doing this. You will never stop paying. It’s a more profitable system for the software companies.

    • I disagree with your assessment of Ubuntu. Going “under the hood” is a techie thing, but so is Windows. I used to run a PC repair business and a lot of the problems with Windows were easy fixes, but people didn’t know how to do it.
      Ordinarily, the average PC user has no clue about how their OS works. They just want it to work when they turn it on and if it doesn’t they just take it to a repair shop. Ubuntu is the same, only most folks have had Windows for many years and know a FEW of the tricks but Linux is completely foreign to them so they don’t know anything about it.

      Best thing to do is download a copy of Ubuntu to a bootable disc and try it out. You don’t have to wipe out Windows or even install Ubuntu. Just run it right off the disc and decide if it’s good for you.

  97. Brian T. says:


    I have a big problem. Any help is appreciated. I had the Windows not genuine message for quite some time. I was using a pirated version of Windows 7 Ultimate that an IT guy gave me to update from Vista, which was the original operating system with the PC. I was looking into buying a legit copy to go to Windows 7 professional or even to Windows 10, but every site said that it can’t fix non-genuine software issues. So I was stuck. I came across your site today and did the following step, since it fell inline with what I was going through:

    1. Error 1: This maximum allowed number of rearms has been exceeded. Well, then let’s discuss how to fix this error.

    Open Run from Start menu or press Windows button + R.
    Now type: regedit.exe
    Follow this path now: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Microsoft -> WindowsNT -> Current version -> SoftwareProtectionPlatform.
    Now, look for SkipRearm and click on modify, then change it’s value data from 0 to 1.
    Restart your computer now.

    I re-started and have had black screen since. Did diagnostics and the error for the hard drive keeps coming up. I tried recovery disk that I made and nothing.

    Any suggestions would be awesome!.

  98. jagdeep says:

    THNX dude ????????????

  99. I tried all three methods and it sill gives me the error.

  100. Brian Guravage says:

    I posted my issue a couple of days ago and my post was taken down… second try.

    I did the following step since it matched where I was with my issue. as soon as I restarted, I have black screen and hard drive failure. I need help asap, since this is my business computer. Thanks!

  101. Thank you for the fix. The computer all of a sudden years after install of Windows 7 started saying it was not valid. This fix corrected that problem. I hope it stays that way.

  102. Thanks alot bro, i found this guide really usefull for me

  103. It works for me however it keeps prompting and tried the regedit.exe move it all went well but after I restarted my PC it doesn’t change at all.


  104. Thank you so much Guyzzz…
    Really helpfull!

  105. very nice tricks are uploaded which are profitable
    thanks the problems of my pc are resolved

  106. I have exceeded my number of rearms. Tried the method of changing skip rearm. Said success but then still would not allow rearms. Removed update KB971033. Still didn’t work. Went to Method 3 and found the Plug & Play, right clicked and got a box that listed Properties or Help as my two choices. I chose Properties. Automatic, Manual or Disabled were the three choices in this box but all were grayed out–not selectable. None of the Methods worked for me.

  107. Nick Martello says:

    Awesome fix! What an annoying error. I have genuine MS 7 ultimate and this happened (I think) after an update this past month. Your fix worked! Thanks a bunch. I use this third laptop as a central station automation software emulator for troubleshooting IP based alarm panel communicators. I really needed it to run for my job.

  108. Hy bro nice information

    i have a question

    Please tell me your wordpress template name

  109. I have used SLMGR -REARM command in the past bt the msg pops up saying the slmgr.vbs file not found on that location..i, did the Modified the skip rearm from 0 to 1 then restarted the computer. I have also removed the windows update KB971033, but nothing is allowing me to get rid of that ‘Windows 7 Build 7601 this copy of Windows is not genuine’. Is there something else I can do that might work?

    plz help me

  110. Sahil jain says:

    I am haveing an error 0x80070422. how to solve it

  111. I have this problem and I was wondering if I should do this before upgrading windows 7 to windows 10 and if not should I do a clean install or a standard upgrade?

  112. Thanks.

    It worked like a charm

  113. This doesn’t work for me with Build 7601.

    I followed all the steps as directed, but no luck, still the cancerous “Not genuine” garbage. I would love any help on this, I’m at the end of my rope…

  114. after all steps above done,water mark is still present,cant belive……

    • status changed: after 5 mins from restarting,mark disappeared mysteriously….no info in system about expired time of rearm… i have removewat instaled for 6 years,update disabled from now. Tomorrow I’m going to try on second one …So happy ! Thanks !

  115. Aaron Fritsch says:

    Worked like a charm, thank you very much!

  116. No metod works for me – pls, help!

  117. Does anyone have the problem where when this happens it won’t let you access ANY of your personal files? I’d I have to buy the full version to get my files back i would do so but I don’t want to spend $100 only to find out it was something else.

  118. Thank you for this easy fix, something that works after Microsoft gives so many complicated and unworkable “fixes”.
    I’ve had a legitimate copy of Win7 (2 PCs custom built by a local (MS certified) shop for about 6 years and this has happened twice with ZERO help from Microsoft, a company I have come to despise. And Win10, with its many security holes (I’m very suspicious of an OS this company gives away for free) is an unacceptable replacement.

    The moment they stop supporting Win7 is the day I switch to Ubuntu Linux, a good, free and stable OS that’s close enough to Windows to make it a very small learning curve.

  119. My problem quit same like RyanB problem:
    I cannot get rid of the the “This Copy of Windows Is not Genuine” build 7601. The SLMGR -REARM command has always worked for me, when needed I just refreshed the number of rearms with the procedure described above, but suddenly it stopped working. I dont have black screen, but in the bottom right corner there is the note that its not genuine (build 7601). Ive tried literally everything but nothing works.
    Could anyone help me out? Or is the only solution to download some remove WAT program?

    • Nikola Krasojevic says:

      I got exactly the same problem. I don’t see this kind of error anywhere else in system. Is there possibility that everything is OK, but only watermark stays?

  120. first method works for me. thanks a lot….

  121. Thanks ???? it worked

  122. Hi, I have Windows 7600 error. I do the commanding prompt and that’s not showing restart message. it gave this error message.

    Error 0xC004f025 Access Denied. The requested action requires elevated Privileges. What is that meaning? How i can fix this error?

  123. HELP !!!

    Before this I already try method one and thanks god , it works successfully , my windows fix . But for several months later , this error occur again , I used method 2 and yeah it works again .. But then the same problem occur .
    Now it is worst cause I cannot run slmgr -rearm coz it said my task host disable and i already delete KB folder before this so both of that method won’t work . Is there any other method ? btw i cannot run my regedit.exe cause there is no enable setting there , i myself dunno why .. is there anyone who can help me ? I will really appreciate it

  124. Hey Ashik Tricks ,
    Can You Just Help Me ?
    -— Is The Above Methods Working For all Windows Versions like Windows 8, Windows 10 ….
    I have a DELL INSPIRON 5000 / 5555
    Sorry i am not sure that is it 5000 or 5555 above

    Plz Tell me That Is The Above Methods Also Working For Windows 10 … Plz plz help me ASHIK TRICKS AND ITS COMMENTATORS

    PLZ HELP ME ????

  125. I followed the steps and was able to get rid of the “not genuine” error, however, as soon as I restarted my pc I got a message saying I need to activate windows. Unfortunately the store didn’t give me a windows cd when I purchased my pc. And when I asked about this problem their solution is for me to pay them for an activation key (but they still won’t give me any cd). Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advanced!

  126. Hi Ashek, I got rid of the not genuine error. This is my second time doing this. I’ve removed the kb1033 file, but my question to you is, how do I update my pc with the pirated version? I did it before, but it was so long ago I have forgotten how to.

  127. I have genuine windows, and this “fix” only worked for a week. I did it lat week and it went away…it came back this morning.

  128. Fantastic fix thanks
    My window’s was genuine and got this message from nowhere the / version worked for me
    Thanks again


    Hi Ashik,
    Thanks a ton!!!:)
    As witnessed by all it works!!!

  130. Thanks a lot sir… Its just like a flying paper airoplane in long sky… Thanks a lot…

  131. Method 2: Steps of fix using Command Prompt WORKS FOR MY GENUINE COPY OF WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM.

    Method 1 didn’t do the trick unfortunately.

  132. Tyler Daniel says:

    Positive my Windows 7 is genuine my dad purchased the laptop from Best buy 5 years ago. I’ve had to do a factory reset before but for the most part it has worked fine all these years. Did a command prompt sfc.scannow and after I restarted I got the Windows 7 Build 7601 not genuine error and have tried all your methods including method 1 multiple times. Since I’ve gotten the error I can’t connect to the internet via WiFi or Ethernet but nothing is wrong with my connection, I don’t know what to do.

  133. Thank you..thank you…thank you…..

  134. Brilliant! Thank You. 😀 and this message is from a 53 year old house wife who is not very computer literate!

  135. HI.
    If i install new windows 7 version than what about my previous version 7’s data?
    its erased or still in system?
    i already have windows 7 and i am getting error.

  136. shantanu chakraborty says:

    I tried with comand prompt(as an admin) but it didnt help, next i tried by uninstalling KB*****1033 but the update is not present my computer. RSOP.MSC is too not present. Help!!!!!.

  137. Guys, Can any1 help me to fix this? I tried all the steps and all the suitable methods you have shared..

    I’m getting the ‘command successfully completed’ pop up after doing slgmr -rearm but after reboot I’m still have the ‘windows build 7601 THis copy of windows is not genuine’ notification at the bottom of my screen.

    In addition to that now am also getting a notication pop saying ‘this computer is not running genuine windows’ each time i open control panel or any os components like my computer recycle bin.. so on..

    Pls help fix this. Its driving me crazy ! :O

  138. This has not provided any fix for me can any assist?? can you share your email address. I’ll forward my queries; I’ve tried all the steps but the genuine notification wont go off

  139. The SMLGR/REARM is not working, I’ve tried the rsop.msc but I can’t access the plug and play to change anything, and I’ve deleted the KB971033… help!!

    • And I def don’t have a pirated version… I bought Parallels for my MAC… could it have something to do with being in Parallels?

  140. My Computer is taking time almost 10 mins now and it still has not restarted .

  141. Thanks man.. it worked!

  142. Thank you so much. This suddenly popped up and the page it sent me to was either a bing search page full of unrelated sites or a verify page that wouldn’t work. There was no way out. This fix worked.

  143. AMIT mahajan says:

    what precation should we take to install pirated windows so that this error should not come

  144. pushpa surampally says:

    hi i am facing same problem in windows 7 ultimate… i have tried every steps that u have mentioned above… but UNFORTUNATELY I CANT ABLE TO FIX THIS PROBLEM WHY THIS IS HAPPENING…. PLZ HELP ME… i cant able to remove that msg that windows 7 build 7600 the copy of………..not geniune….. what should i do?

    • pushpa surampally says:

      and yes i have recieved the command successfully all the time but still the error is visible….help plz

  145. Thank u so much ????????????????????

  146. Uhh ive tried them all but it still came back 🙁 i need help when i do method 3 the plug and play i cannot press automatic

  147. heyy. when i entered SLMGR -REARM my system is displaying “this system cannot find the file C:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs. “what should i do now.

  148. There is genuine error but with no black screen

  149. Is it harmful? Am i have to rid of it?

  150. thanks man fixed it for me

  151. Method 1 works for me but holds for about 1 month only.

  152. mustaq Ahmed nagori says:

    thanks a lot.
    it’s gone.
    it’s working.

  153. if this is permanent, you’re Jesus.

  154. Nadir hadj kouider says:

    none of these methods worked for me, let’s start with method 1 when i type SLMGR -REARM OR SLMGR/REARM? a popup shows up with error like this”on a computer running microsoft Windows non-core edition, run ‘slui.exe 0*2a0*c0000022 ”
    for method 2 when i go to view windows updates, it says :No updates are installed on this computer.
    for method 3 in that plug and play properties everything is grayed out and cannot be interact with so i can’t make any changes to the service startup mode.

    PS: sometimes i think if i bought a cemetery, people would actually stop dying. (get it? it’s my bad luck!!)

  155. ricky sweets says:

    my hero …….

  156. I think the prob is gone but that logo build 7601 is still there 🙁

  157. Sasidharan says:

    Thanks much!!! but none of these worked for me. So found the below one, perhaps worth listing as 4th method to resolve this issue.

    1. Find and delete C:\Windows\System32\slui.exe (supply necessary permissions thru file properties if delete fails)
    2. open cmd as administrator and execute slmgr -rearm
    3. Click OK for the popup and restart. you are done.


  158. Can you come teamviewer please ?

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