Not Genuine Win 7 Enterprise from Technet with key

Hi, my 20 month old system, that has had the same copy of Win7 Enterprise on it with the same key began last week kicking up errors that say my copy of Win7 is not genuine, it times out or get interrupted when I try to validate/activate it. I've tried to change keys from the Technet key to two other keys I have and I get 0x8007005 errors if I change the key and 0x80070006 errors if I try to activate the key without changing it.

I've looked up the errors and under group policy, the plug and play group policy is set to not defined per the instructions from this Technet page: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2008385

I'm out of ideas and Technet support says that they will not help me unless 20 months ago I took a screenshot of both the key from the Technet download/key page and a screenshot of the ISO that I downloaded in February 2012. Is that crazy or what?

Would DART be able to recover this somehow?
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  1. Does the ISO you downloaded function as a fully working, standalone Window 7 installer?

    And was provided to you as a genuine copy of Windows?

    It be simply be the case that the ISO key is in conflict with your current key.

    Perhaps you can use the ISO to install a fresh copy of Windows?
  2. Hmm...I thought about re-installing already but to answer your questions

    1) Yes--it works as a stand-alone installer and accepts not only Technet keys but legit keys from genuine installs. In the past I've had to use my disc on some computers at work because we never got a copy of the OS from corporate.

    2) Yes..it was downloaded from my Technet subscriptions web page. I've had a subscription since 2006.

    3) The problem seems to be tied to the updating mechanism. It appears from my reading that it somehow got corrupted. I was thinking of trying a repair with the DART disc image. Maybe?

    4) A fresh install is my last resort. only because it takes so long. This started with the last updates from MS that I installed back in October. One of them corrupted my system. I removed it (I cannot remember the KB #) and it finally booted however, this was going on in the background and just popped up out of the blue at the end of the month. When did MS get rid of the phone in activation option?
  3. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it, but Microsoft is no longer selling technet subscriptions. Are you sure your account hasn't expired.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/ms772427.aspx
  4. Did you also try the registry method, 'C'?
  5. Hawkeye--I am sure it is not expired. In fact when I renewed this past August, I got an email from MS saying that they were extending my subscription by 90 days. I was grateful that they were letting me stay on until the very end of their program. I have learned LOTS through the educational tools.

    Himnextdoor -- there was some reason why I didn't do that. I can't recall. I know both of those values had already been set but to something else. I need to look again in a few hours when I get back home. I'm at work right now...oddly enough--teaching IT at a university. Days like this I don't feel worthy of teaching it.

    Out of curiousity -- Is it possible for an MS update/patch to corrupt the update service that would create this issue?
  6. nickel beer said:
    Himnextdoor -- there was some reason why I didn't do that. I can't recall. I know both of those values had already been set but to something else. I need to look again in a few hours when I get back home. I'm at work right now...oddly enough--teaching IT at a university. Days like this I don't feel worthy of teaching it.

    Out of curiousity -- Is it possible for an MS update/patch to corrupt the update service that would create this issue?


    Well, you can always back-up any registry keys that will be affected by the merge, can't you?

    Did you say that you had an image of the drive? Like a factory reset disk?

    And is this an option: could you create an image from one of the drives in a computer at your place of work?

    You could then 'restore' that image to your disk and although you would probably need to reinstall some system drivers, if your machine is different to the one at work, you would have a fully validated operating system on your machine.

    If you have a computer at work that is the same as yours, then the drivers would not be an issue either.

    As far as Microsoft are concerned, yes, it is entirely possible that an update went wrong and corrupted files in the system but there are other possibilities too.

    But my thinking would be, How extensive is the corruption?

    Normally, when Auto-update does anything, it usually creates a system restore point first.

    Did you attempt a restore during the repair process?

    If you cancel the 'Repair computer' process as soon as it starts then you will get to the screen where you can choose to restore, or go to command prompt and a few other things.

    Did you try that?
  7. I did try the registry merge option and nothing changed. Here's the worst part..I got tired of this, wiped the drive, installed Win 7 from scratch and bang--same problem pops up. I keep getting that I do not have access/permissions to make the changes to whatever I try to do. Those instructions from the Technet/Microsoft link I provided, indicated that there should be some "Edit Security Button" in Windows 7 RSOP.msc and there is no such thing.

    I tried using command line using slmgr.bvbs /idk and the key direct from the site and I have even tried other keys from other installs and all fail. Even though the system says it has contained the key, it does not.

    So now I am screwed with a system that will not validate. I thought there was something in OpenDNS that was blocking that traffic and causing this so I changed the DNS provider and even rebooted...nope. Nothing changed.

    There is some setting affecting my installations have that I cannot find...at least that's my theory.
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