How to fix the error – This copy of Windows is not Genuine.

Sometimes while working with windows there appears an error informing – This copy of Windows is not genuine, then you may be a victim of software counterfeiting. The reason behind the error is that the windows OS that you are using is not activated or it’s not a genuine one. Upon using an operating system for a while, it asks for its activation code to be recognized as a genuine one. Failing in giving the code gives this error. Fix the error by following this tutorial.

Windows not genuine fix

This copy of Windows is not Genuine is probably one of the most annoying errors experienced by windows users. The possible cause behind the error may be the copy of windows is not genuine or the system is affected by virus or malware.

One of the solution to get rid of this type of error is to activate the windows OS. When you purchase a new copy window OS you get an activation key with it. If the copy of windows that you have brought is not an authenticated one or if it’s a pirated CD then the manufacturer doesn’t provide you the activation key.

Many computer dealers sell computer with a corrupted or non-genuine OS installed in it. The new buyers who aren’t aware of the fact have to face the error. They bring the system installed with a non-genuine OS and face a lot of problems. Many drivers don’t support the OS, which is not genuine and much software doesn’t run in the corrupted OS. While purchasing a new system always ensure that your system is installed with a genuine OS.

In today’s world, you almost rely upon your computer to work for you and to run your business. You store thousands of photos, music collections, and important documents; you make purchases, enter personal information, and search the Web. Obtaining and using pirated software can pose a serious security threat to organizations and individuals. Often, counterfeit software is bundled with malicious and unwanted software that can lead to a corrupted system, a loss of data, and even identity theft. The risk of running counterfeit software is real. Windows is the operating system and the brain behind everything you do on your computer; you can help protect your data by installing only genuine Windows.

The real advantage is when there is a problem, you can claim or find online solutions for original OS, but for pirated you can’t. Pirated OS is absolutely same as Genuine OS apart from updates and some Microsoft product support. But, using pirated OS is as good as robbing. Legally using pirated software is a crime. Along with that, you invite virus or malware to your system.

Upon getting error like This copy of Windows is not genuine you need to scan your system and look out for any malware activity prevailing on your system. First ensure that your system is clear of viruses and malware. Update your Anti-virus and run a full system scan.

Download,  install and update MalwareBytes Anti-Malware but do not enable the Real-Time Protection offer. Run a full system scan in your main account, and Quick scans in all other accounts.

Once the system scan is complete, run CHKDSK and SFC scans. Type CMD.EXE in the Search box, right-click on the only file that is found, Select Run as Administrator, the Elevated Command Prompt window should pop up. At the Command prompt, type CHKDSK C: /R and hit the Enter key. You will be told that the drive is locked, and the CHKDSK will run at the next boot,  hit the Y key, and then reboot.


The chkdsk will take a few hours depending on the size of the drive. After the CHKDSK has run, Windows should boot normally and then run the SFC scan.

SFC  System File Checker – Instructions

Click on the Start button, type in the Search box CMD.EXE and right-click on the only file that is found.Select Run as Administrator- the Elevated Command Prompt window should pop up. At the Command prompt, type SFC /SCANNOW and hit the Enter key. Wait for the scan to finish and then reboot. By doing this it will fix any virus related issue on the system.

command prompt sfc scannow

Even after removing the virus, if the problem still persists then you need to activate the windows. Enter the activation key that is provided with the operating system CD, it will activate the windows and remove the error.

If you don’t have the activation key then you need to get it from the Microsoft online. If you have pirated OS , then you need to format your computer with a genuine OS. Upon activation of the windows the error will disappear.


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