Ok, for those of you who think i pirated windows 7 i didn't, what happened was i bought my system back in May, my hard drive failed on me in September, i used Ubuntu, my friend got me a recovery disc in October, and now i keep getting this "windows not genuine" error, and i cant use windows updates, its keeps forgetting my desktop background, and a whole list of things, i don't want to pay $120 for a product key because i did buy it legit to begin with, and i don't have that kind of money right now. so i asked my friend who gave me the disc what to do, he told me to install and use windows 7 loader, then i wondered about viruses and i thought it wouldn't work or something, plus my system is a gateway, which wasn't on the list, but the disc was a dell so would i choose dell???
can someone help me??? and yes i know i post a lot of posts on the forums about pc related stuff, im sorry.
The following is for informational purposes only, and I do not promote the use of the following software:
In short, it doesn't matter what brand you say your computer is. All windows loader does is make microsoft think it's a legit system by removing and replacing files in your operating system's directory representing if it is genuine. You could set your computer up as a dell, acer, hp etc. and there would be no difference in anything. Now, the legality of windows loader is unknown to me. Most people use it when they don't want to fork out the money for a legit copy of windows. For informational purposes only, and I do not support nor recommend this, Daz loader is the only one that is safe in my eyes but still holds risks for legal reasons.
If you want to be legit:
Have you actually entered a key into the operating system to verify its legality?
If you have not, it will always say it is not genuine, because it needs your computer's unique microsoft key. This is located somewhere on your system in the form of a sticker. Check the sides and back of your case for it. Write down the number and type it into the verification box that should appear somewhere when warning you of the issue.
Is it the identical OS that came preinstalled on your machine?
If your friend gave you windows 7 ultimate 64 bit, and your computer came preinstalled with windows 7 home premium 64 bit(or xp/vista), it will not work with your windows 7 key. You need a disk that has your identical operating system on it, so you can enter the verification key, and have it registered as genuine.
If all fails, just call or email Gateway for support. I received an old dell desktop from my aunt, but its hard drive was removed. I replaced it, but was still without an operating system, so I emailed dell support, and they sent me out a new one, free of charge. So check with Gateway and see if they can do anything for you.
All windows loader does is make microsoft think it's a legit system by removing and replacing files in your operating system's directory representing if it is genuine.
It depends on the loader, actually.
DAZ injects a generic key (every microsoft OS has a generic key that works 100% of the time on any install any number of times, this is usually given out at the end of the OS lifecycle but 7s was leaked), but you can also just activate it with the key it uses without using the loader (they're in a text file).
MS patched the whole "replacing files in the OS directory" with service pack one, hence other loaders like the one that removed the windows genuine advantage no longer work, but DAZ works fine.