I am the biggest promoter of technology. I absolutely love it. Yet, nothing can frustrate me more than technology and I know I am not the only one. You are all happy turning on your Windows computer and then all of a sudden you see a message that confuses you, angers you, annoys you or you simply look past it. Either way, it’s a message we don’t want to see “Windows 7 Not Genuine.” You may have seen it before and just never really knew what it meant. Or maybe it is your first time seeing it. We can all agree that no matter what time you’ve seen it, we would very much appreciate it gone.
Windows is great for business. Most companies use it as their trusted source. Mac is great and all, but that is more for creative purposes. As a mass communication major, I love Mac for design and editing, but when it comes to cold hard business, I prefer Windows. With Windows it is way easier to use programs like Microsoft Office, which I’m not sure what you do at work, but I sure do use Office programs an awful lot. But does a time come where you are turning on your computer and then you see that dreadful little message? Doesn’t it ruin your day for that brief moment while it comes up?
So what should you do if this message appears? Lucky for you there are a couple different approaches you can take. That’s right, three whole approaches that can fix this error for you. Before I get into that though, let’s go over why this message pops up in the first place. It’s always good to know where your problems come from.
Reasons For Error
The biggest and probably most common reason it keeps popping up is because you aren’t using a genuine operating system. If you happen to have a pirated version of Microsoft Windows then that is why you see it. This doesn’t mean that legit Windows users can receive the message too. You can, and chances are you have, especially with Windows 7. In that case, you could be seeing the message because your system is outdated or has expired.
When it comes down to it, you’re going to want to get rid of this message because although it can’t extremely harm your computer, it can make it insanely slow. Now, I don’t know about you, but in my opinion the worst thing is a slow computer. Maybe I don’t have enough patience, but slow computers are the stuff nightmares are made out of.
Most of us, don’t know the ins and outs of our computers. So to try and make this as easy as possible, I’m really going to try and break it down. For the most part, we want an easy and quick fix and when we don’t get that, we aren’t too happy. I want you to be able to fix this and move on with what you were on your computer for in the first place. With that being said, let’s get down to business and explain these different approaches.
Signs To Know If The Error Is Affecting Your Computer
Now that you know why this error may pop up on your computer screen, it might be beneficial to know what to look for. These signs will give you a heads up of whether or not the error is starting to take a toll on your computer.
I mentioned earlier how the error makes your computer slow. It reduces performance, so if you are doing some serious work, I hope you are ok with it taking a lot longer than you had initially planned. That’s right, it won’t be as quick as you would like it to be. Did I mention how annoying that could get. Not only do you have to deal with it being insanely slow, but you also have to deal with the message popping up constantly. So now you have a slow computer and an interruption that won’t go away. Can we all finally agree that that would be extremely annoying?
Since your computer is now slow, you will probably run out of battery a lot faster now. Your computer has to work harder to get things done and your battery is dwindling down. I hope you are near a wall plug because you are going to need it. It’s not ideal and most of us don’t want to have to leave our laptop plugged in most of the time. We want it ready to go, but that won’t happen in this case.
When you went to your desktop, did you notice that the wallpaper was black or blank. Yup, that’s caused by the error. You can’t change it either. It is stuck like that. Let’s all say it together…it would be so annoying to have to deal with that.
What else could this error do? Well are you having problems getting access to certain things on your computer? That happens to be a common issue that goes on with it. The error can restrict access on programs or files on your computer. So not only can you not change your wallpaper, but now you can’t even see everything you want.
Ways To Fix The Error
This first way hopefully does the trick, so you don’t have to do a whole trial and error thing. Each step is listed and all you need to do is follow along.
- Go to the “Start Menu.”
- Find CMD. This is the Command Prompt.
- Run CMD as an administrator.
- Now put in this command: SLMGR-REARM. Once it is put in, press enter.
- You should then see a message to succesfully restart your computer.
- For some reason, I found out that the command SLMGR-REARM wasn’t working on some Windows 7 computers. If that is the case for you, then try SLMGR/REARM.
- Restart your computer.
This should do it for you. It wasn’t too hard to follow and hopefully it took care of that error. Six whole steps and then you can be done with your problem. If it didn’t or you choose not to try this approach out, then as we continue, you can check out the other approaches.
This approach is geared towards the Resultant Set of Policy Window, or otherwise known as rsop. Like the approach above, there aren’t many steps and it is fairly easy to follow.
- On the keyboard, press the Windows Key + R. This will open Run.
- Type in rsop.msc
- Hit enter.
- Next you are going to want to follow these: Windows Settings, Security Settings, System Services
- Find “Plug and Play.”
- Right click on it.
- Then you will need to find “Startup” and “Click on Automatic.”
- Open up Run again. (Windows key + R)
- Or find it in the “Start Menu.”
- Then you need to type this command: gpupdate/force.
- Press enter.
- Finally, restart your computer.
There you go! That should clear up the message and you shouldn’t see it again. If you are looking for one more solution, then look no further. I have one more to get you through.
If you want to go through your control panel then this approach is one to look at. You won’t have to type in any commands in this approach.
- Open up your control panel. Do this in the Start Menu.
- Click on “System and Security.”
- Go to “Windows Update.”
- Go to “View Installed Updates.”
- Then you will need to find the KB971033.
- Right click on it.
- Choose “uninstall.”
- Restart your computer and you are good to go.
If the first two didn’t do the job, then this third one should take care of it for you. You will be well on your way to never having to deal with this again. The three approaches that are above are helpful ways to fix the problem of the “Windows 7 not genuine” message. You have all the knowledge you need.
Wrap It Up
If you have been having this problem and keep receiving this error then I understand your frustration. These three approaches will hopefully make your life a little easier when it comes to your PC. The last thing you want is to see that Windows 7 is not genuine. So what are you waiting for? Get rid of it as quickly as you can. I don’t know about you, but I wish there were never any errors or problems when it came to computers. If only life was that simple and nice to us…
This article focuses on Windows 7, but if you have a different Windows then you can still try these out. Anyway you can fix the error from continuously showing up is a winner. So no matter what approach you use, as long as it gets solved then it is a good day. It doesn’t matter if you have a Mac or Windows, message errors are inevitable. They get the best of us and they annoy the heck out of us.