I have a Dell XPS 8300 64 bit Windows 7
My HDD recently failed, so I ordered a new one and did a full restore off of my NTI backup drive. I started the computer up with both HHD's hooked up, so that I could transfer whatever filed hadn't backed up from the old to the new. I then discovered that because I did so, the old HDD was still labeled C and the new was now labeled D. This caused the blue screen of "this copy of windows is not genuine" issue when only the new HDD was hooked up.
I researched for days. If both HDD's were hooked up, the computer would boot from the old one, even if I selected the new one from the boot menu.
I downloaded Paragon HFS and installed that onto a flash drive. I booted from the flash drive and selected boot correcter. I switched the drive letters of the two HDD's and ran the other boot correctors as well. I shutdown and removed the old HDD and started up.
Seemingly I was able to boot off the new HDD, but now explorer.exe was not starting. It was just a black screen after logon. So I ctrl+alt+delete to bring up talk manager and ran explorer.exe and there it was. The other issue is that NONE of the standard startup programs are starting. My computer is essentially starting as if it is in safe mode. Just the bare minimum.
I put in my windows reinstallation disk and booted from it and ran the repair and it did its thing. Nothing changed.
I go into msconfig and all the normal programs that I had before are on the startup list and all are checked off except openoffice.org. However, any changes I try to make will not take. I am running msconfig as administrator. Right now, "selective" startup is selected on the general tab. If I select "normal startup" and click apply, the check goes right back to "selective". If I go into the startup tab and uncheck one or check openoffice.org and click apply, my changes are undone. In the services tab, all are checked off. I would estimate that more services are stopped than running, although I am really not sure which ones are supposed to be running and which aren't.