After having been gone from my computer for a couple weeks, I turned it back on right after new years and started getting a message that my copy of Windows is not Genuine. As far as I know, it is genuine, though. I did a google search on it and it came up that there was a rash of bogus "not genuine" reports lately. But the solutions I've found don't work.
and downloaded the "Intel Rapid Storage" driver. When I try to install it, it tells me that I do not meet the minimum system requirements. I then searched for update KB3004394 to uninstall it. I have no such update on my computer.
2. I went to this page and downloaded the new patch. The new patch does absolutely nothing:
3. I went to this page:
and typed slmgr.vbs /dlv in the search bar. The error message I receive is 0xC0004F200 (non-genuine). When I google this, I get a bunch of videos about how to fool a non-genuine copy of windows into thinking it's genuine. If it's genuine, then I shouldn't have to do this...
It was after 12/16 that I first had this problem, after a slew of updates were installed. So I turned off automatic updates and uninstalled all of the updates after that date, one-by-one. It did not resolve the problem (I will note that the update for downloading Windows 10, KB3035583, reinstalls itself no matter what; I haven't been able to get rid of it. Don't know if it's related). So then I went ahead and did a system restore to 12/1 the last backup I had before this started. My desktop came back briefly, but the black screen with "windows 7 - Build 7601 - this copy of Windows is not genuine" came right back.
Any tips or suggestions? I bought my copy of Windows from pcprogram.com. If you go to their site, it's "down for maintenance" and has been for quite some time, which seems suspicious and makes me wonder if my copy could in fact be counterfeit.