[FIXED] This Copy of Windows is Not Genuine 7600/7601

[FIXED] This Copy of Windows is Not Genuine 7600/7601

If you are frustrated with the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” message on Windows 7/Windows 10, you may read this article to fix it permanently. 

Many users reported an unusual message stating “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” on their computer screen. Does this mean they got a fake product? Well, no. It simply means that your operating system is not activated correctly.

However, you may experience several other issues, such as frequent logouts, occasional reboots, permanent black screen, and non-availability of updates, if you don’t fix the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine Build 7601.”

It may seem a hassle to fix “This copy of Windows is not genuine Build 7601” permanently. However, you may solve this issue effortlessly using the fixes discussed in this article.

Before removing the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” error from your computer, it is crucial to learn why this issue appeared.

After tracing a problem’s origin, fixing it seems like a child’s play. Hence, let us talk about that a bit before moving on to troubleshooting.

Causes of “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine Build 7601/7600” issue

The following are some common reasons you may experience the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” on Windows 10/7.

  • OS installed on your computer is not having a valid license key
  • You have not activated Windows OS after the expiry of the trial period
  • Your operating system’s license is expired or blocked
  • The computer is malware infected

Above, we looked at what may have happened leading to the appearance of the This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine message. Now, let us proceed toward its fixes.

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How to Fix “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” Windows 7/10 Error

Below are the solutions you may use to fix the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” issue permanently.

Fix 1: Remove update KB971033 (For Windows 7)

“This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine Build 7601” on Windows 7 may appear if there is an issue with update KB971033 installed for Windows Activation Technologies. Hence, reinstalling the update can help you resolve the issue. You may follow these directions to reinstall it.

  • Click on Start and launch the Control Panel. Control Panel in Windows 7
  • Change the view to Small icons and choose Programs and Features. Programs and Features in Windows 7
  • Select the option to View installed updates from the left pane.View installed updates in Windows 7
  • Find KB971033 in the list of available updates.
  • Right-click on the update and choose the option to Uninstall it.uninstall Windows Update
  • Choose Yes to confirm the update uninstallation.
  • After the uninstallation, reboot your computer.

Fix 2: Perform a malware scan

Sometimes, virus attacks may also trigger the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” Windows 7 Build 7100 or Windows 10 issue. Hence, it is a good idea to scan your computer for viruses.

You can choose any safe and reliable antivirus software from the marketspace to execute malware scans.

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Fix 3: Input a valid product key

Not entering a correct product key may also be a reason behind new computer users encountering the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” Windows 10/7 issue. Hence, it is crucial to enter a valid product key to activate Windows.

If you wish to enter a different product key or change it, you may follow these steps to do it.

  • Launch the Run dialog box using the Windows+R keyboard command.
  • Input slui.exe 3 in the on-screen box and press the keyboard’s Enter button.Input slui-exe 3
  • Enter the product key in the on-screen prompt.

Fix 4: Reset the Windows activation information

Resetting the license information for Windows activation can help you in removing the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” message. Hence, you may follow these directions to reset the license information.

  • Search for Command Prompt. 
  • Right-click the first result and choose the Run as administrator option.Run Command Prompt as Administrator
  • Input the command SLMGR  -REARM and press the Enter key.
  • If you get an error message with the above command, then use SLMGR  /REARM in place of it.SLMGR -REARM
  • Wait for the command’s execution to complete.
  • After you get the “Command Completed Successfully” notification, click on OK. 
  • Get your system restarted.
  • Follow the activation instructions (if they appear) after Windows backup.

Fix 5: Try disabling the Plug and Play Policy

Deactivating the Plug and Play Policy is also an approach users follow to permanently fix the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” Windows 7 Build 7601 issue. Hence, you may also follow the below steps to disable the Plug and Play Policy.

  • Call up the Run application using the Windows+R shortcut.
  • Type the rsop.msc command and press your keyboard’s Enter key.rsop-msc
  • Navigate to the Computer Configuration, select Windows Settings, go to the Security Settings, and select System Services. 
  • Find Plug and Play in the on-screen list.

Note: If Plug and Play is something other than Not Defined, proceed to the next step. Otherwise, jump to the next fix.

  • Find the Group Policy present alongside Plug and Play. 
  • Change the setting of Group Policy to Not Defined. 
  • Launch the Run utility again, type gpupdate /force, and press Enter.type gpupdate,force
  • Now, restart your device.
  • After Windows restarts, complete the required activation process.

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Fix 6: Adjust the registry permissions

If you really do not have a genuine Windows or your Plug and Play is not defined (as described in the above fix), you may need to change the registry permissions. Below we show you how to do it to fix the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” problem.

  • Launch the Run service using the Windows+R shortcut command on the keyboard.
  • Input regedit in the box that appears and select OK to proceed to the next step.Input regedit
  • Now, find HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-20. 
  • Right-click on S-1-5-20 and choose Permissions. HKEY_USERS
  • Select Add from “Group or user names” if you do not find NETWORK SERVICE.  If you found it, skip the next two steps and then proceed further.
  • Input network service in the on-screen text box and click on Check Names. 
  • Click OK. 
  • Put a checkmark next to the Full Control and Read option present under the “Allow” section.
  • Choose OK and restart your computer.
  • After Windows comes up, complete the on-screen activation prompts.
  • Once Windows is activated, check whether the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” message has disappeared or not.

Fix 7: Disable automatic Windows updates

To ensure that the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” message does not appear on Windows 7 or Windows 10, you may turn off automatic updates. Below is how to do that.

  • Click on the Start/Windows icon and choose the Control Panel option from the Windows System.control panel
  • Select Windows Update. 
  • Choose the option to Install Updates Automatically. 
  • Click on the Never check for updates (Not Recommended). 
  • Select Apply to make the changed settings effective and restart your device.

Above, we introduced you to ways to fix the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine Build 7601” permanently. Now, if there is any confusion left, you may go through the following section (answering all the common questions) to clear it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have attempted to answer almost all of the questions our readers may have about removing the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” issue.

Q1. Why does my computer show this copy of Windows is not genuine?

When Windows updates a file it checks whether your OS is genuine and authorized or not. “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” is an indication that you do not have an original Windows copy.

Q2. How to activate Windows 10 without a genuine copy?

You can purchase a license key to activate a non-genuine copy of Windows 10. If the license key does not work, you contact Microsoft support.

Q3. How to get rid of the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” message?

In this article, we discussed multiple ways to fix the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” permanently. You may follow the above guide to solve the problem.

Q4. How do I make Windows 7 genuine?

You may take the following steps to make your copy of Windows 7 authentic.

  • Search for Command Prompt and open it as an administrator.
  • Input the SLMGR –REARM command and hit the Enter key.
  • Restart your computer to get a genuine copy of the Windows operating system.

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“This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” Problem Solved

Through this write-up, we looked at fixes for the “This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine” Windows 7 Build 7601 or Windows 10. You may apply these fixes sequentially until the issue is resolved.

If you know other better solutions for the problem, you may use the comments section to share them. You can also get in touch with us if you have any questions, confusion, or suggestions about this article.

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