Reinstalling Windows 7: Not a Genuine Version of Windows

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For some reason my HTPC got corrupted and gave me the great message of "Not a Genuine version of Windows."  - Great!   After poking around for a few minutes, I saw that my Windows Update was no longer working.  Oh Great!  I spent an hour trying to restore Windows Update with various suggestions I Googled.  No luck.  Even went back to the Microsoft Technet site.  Now, we're getting deep.  Still nothing was working.  I tried various fixes, patches, and registry hacks.  No dice.

Next step (and all suggestions were reinstall) Reinstall.  I haven't had to reinstall a PC or Server in years.  No way.  Well, I spent another hour screwing with the damn thing.  No dice.

Reinstall I did.

Upon reinstall, I got this message.  "Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation."  And I found this answer here: (Note: First step didn't work, but second did.  Thanks!).

When prompted with error unable to complete installation:
 Hit SHIFT-F10 to bring up command prompt.

    type MMC
    Click File -> Add/Remove Snap-in... (Or CTRL+M)
    Select Computer Management (Double click and Finish on Local Computer)
    Click OK
    Double click Computer Management (Local) -> System Tools -> Local Users and Groups -> Users -> Double Click Administrator -> Uncheck Account is disabled -> OK
    Now right click Administrator -> Set Password...  ->  Set a decent password to get started.
    Now, restart.  Should be good to go.

If this doesn't work try next step:
    SHIFT-F10 to bring up command prompt.
    type:  CD C:\windows\system32\oobe

    type msoobe

    Make a generic account and password.  hit finish (if it requests a product key and you have one, enter it now.  if OEM/No key required, just finish).  Set time/date.  Finish.


Should be good to go.  It wasn't good to go.  I restarted.  Logged in, went to Windows Update, and got the same message.  I'm heated.  Long story short  turns out it was due to the fact that I upgraded the hard drive from a 750GB to a 1TB.   Seems the old intel chipset driver needed to be updated.  I checked out the Gateway site and it said it was up to date.  Checked out the Intel site - same story.  Oh crap.  Went to HP see what they had for chipset.  Voila!

Luckily, I had an image of my drive before the reinstall.  I restored my drive from the image, installed the HP driver, and all was well.  Windows Update worked again!

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