How to solve the problem of Windows 7 Genuine Validation and Stop “Windows is not Genuine” Message

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Windows is not genuine - solve the problem of windows genuine validation One major problem being reported by the users is that immediately after log on, they were presented with a Windows Activation window: “Windows is not genuine. Your computer might not be running a counterfeit copy of Windows. 0×80070005, and more….

Some other symptoms of associated with this issue are -

1) The computer desktop background goes black, and you receive the following error message on the bottom right corner of the screen:

This copy of Windows is not genuine

2) You receive the following error message when you view the System Properties: (Control Panel –> System and Security –> System)

You must activate today. Activate Windows now

3) If you try to use slmgr.vbs /dlv to view the licensing status, you receive the following message:

Error: 0×80070005 Access denied: the requested action requires elevated privileges

Microsoft explained that its caused by lack of permissions in the registry key HKUS-1-5-20. “The Network Service account must have full control and read permissions over that registry key. This situation may be the result of applying a Plug and Play Group Policy object (GPO). Computer Configuration –> Policies –> Windows Settings –> Security Settings –> System Services –> Plug and Play (Startup Mode: Automatic).”

Windows is not genuine. Your computer might not be running a counterfeit copy of Windows. 0×80070005

Those affected by this issue can turn to one of two workarounds detailed by Microsoft, documented below-

Method A: Disable the Plug and Play Policy

1. Determine the source of the policy. To do this, follow these steps:

a. On the client experiencing the Activation error, run the Resultant Set of Policy wizard by clickingStart, Run and entering rsop.msc as the command.

b. Visit the following location:

Computer Configuration / Policies / Windows Settings /Security Settings / System Services /

If the Plug and Play service is configured through a Group Policy setting, you see it here with settings other than Not Defined. Additionally, you can see which Group Policy is applying this setting.

2. Disable the Group Policy settings and force the Group Policy to be reapplied.

a. Edit the Group Policy that is identified in Step 1 and change the setting to “Not Defined.” Or, follow the section below to add the required permissions for the Network Service account.
b. Force the Group Policy setting to reapply: gpupdate /force (a restart of the client is sometimes required)

Method B: Edit the permissions of the Group Policy:

1. Open the Group Policy that is identified in Method A, Step 1 above, and open the corresponding Group Policy setting.
2. Click the Edit Security button, and then click the Advanced button.
3. In the Advanced Security Settings for Plug and Play window click Add and then add the SERVICE account. Then, click OK
4. Select the following permissions in the Allow section and then click OK:

Query template
Query status
Enumerate dependents
User-defined control
Read permissions

 Note: The Previous rights are the minimum required permissions.

5. Run gpupdate /force after you apply the previous permissions to the Group Policy setting.

6. Verify that the appropriate permissions are applied with the following command:

sc sdshow plugplay

The following are the rights applied to the Plug and Play service in SDDL:


(A;;CC LC SW LO CR RC ;;;SU is an Access Control Entry (ACE) that allows the following rights to "SU" (SDDL_SERVICE – Service logon user)

A: Access Allowed
CC: Create Child
LC: List Children
SW: Self Write
LO: List Object
CR: Control Access
RC: Read Control
SU: Service Logon User

Note: If there are no GPO's in place, then another activity may have changed the default registry permissions. To work around this issue, perform the following steps:

1. On the computer that is out of tolerance, start Registry Editor.
2. Right-click the registry key HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-20, and select Permissions...
3. If the NETWORK SERVICE is not present, click Add...
4. In Enter the object names to select type Network Service and then click Check Names and OK.
5. Select the NETWORK SERVICE and Grant Full Control and Read permissions.
6. Restart the computer.
7. After the restart, the system may require activation. Complete the activation.

[via] Microsoft -  KB2008385


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Create Complete Backup of Windows and Office 2010

| Posted in MS Office, Tips and Tricks, Windows |


When you install Windows or Office 2010, you need to activate your license online and each time you reinstall on the same PC, you need to again reactivate the keys. But there is a limit to which you can activate the same license on the same PC. In such cases you can try Advanced Tokens Manager and it will create a complete backup of your Windows and Office 2010 activation, so that you can restore them when you re-install your system.

Advanced Tokens Manager

You need to run this portable tool, preferable run it from a newly created folder. Click on the backupActivation button and the app will store the activation for Windows and Office 2010. At any time you can restore it back when you are reinstalling it.

After you take a backup, make sure you that the following files are kept safely.

1.     Executable
2.     Backup Folder

The app is compatible only with all versions of Windows Vista / Windows 7, Server Versions, 6.0 and 6.1 Kernel , Office 2010 – All Service Pack. You cannot restore the backup to another machine with a different hardware, in such cases Windows will ask for activation.


1.   For Windows and Office, backup all license files, working with any license channel’s
2.   Virus FREE, no external programs required [ .NET Framework only ], solid EXE
3.   Dynamic interface
4.   Very lightweight and fast
5.   Coded with security features
6.   Less than 30 seconds is estimated to restore your activation

Download Advanced Tokens Manager 

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Share Your Files and Folders Easily with Dropbox

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Share Files and Folders with DropboxDropbox is a free application that can be used for online files and folders sharing. With the help of dropbox you can create an account, which will be online, and can upload all the files and folders that you want to share on your account. The application is quite user friendly and there is no overhead involved in installing and configuring the software.



How do share the documents in Dropbox :

1. Download the installer file from

2. Install the application.

3. After the installation is complete you will get a Dropbox shortcut on your desktop which you can use to share files. Optionally you can invite other people from anywhere around the globe to access the Dropbox shared folder.

Once dropbox is installed on your computer you will be provided with 2 GB of free online space which you can use to store and share files. You can increase your space by inviting your friends and relatives to join Dropbox. A few pros and cons of software are listed below which will help you if you plan to download this free application.



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