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Invalid Windows 7 after year's use

Q: Invalid Windows 7 after year's use

So I bought a used PC which had Windows 7 Ultimate about a year ago. It's a somewhat old desktop PC, 4GB RAM, average stuff, nothing extraordinary but not a dinosaur either. A couple days ago a message started popping up saying I needed to validate my Windows; quite odd since I'd been using the computer for a year already. Anyways, I downloaded the program suggested by the message, and it said Microsoft couldn't complete the validation process. I should also mention that I want to upgrade to Windows 10 but don't have any of the required updates, which also don't appear on W. Update.
I downloaded the MGADiag thing, if it's any use. If my Windows turns out to be invalid, what can I do? Will I still be able to download Win 10?
(Btw sorry if some of the code is in Spanish, English isn't my native language)

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-TMVMJ-BBMRX-3MBMV
Windows Product Key Hash: 55n8g6xdzhe4AOWhmTzdzQoLfa4=
Windows Product ID: 00426-292-0000007-85297
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.001
ID: {23BCBB47-03CF-4D98-BD1E-76874EBA024B}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Ultimate
Architecture: 0x00000000
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.150316-1654
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 109 N/A
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1FF3-258-3

Browser Data-->
Proxy settings: N/A
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Win32)
Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
Active scripting: Allowed
Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

File Scan Data-->
File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\systemcpl.dll[6.1.7600.16385], Hr = 0x800b0100
File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\es-ES\user32.dll.mui[6.1.7601.17514], Hr = 0x800b0100

Other data-->
Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{23BCBB47-03CF-4D98-BD1E-76874EBA024B}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0027.0</Version><OS>6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.001</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-3MBMV</PKey><PID>00426-292-0000007-85297</PID><PIDType>5</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-3498535259-3683943606-1602581942</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>To Be Filled By O.E.M.</Manufacturer><Model>To Be Filled By O.E.M.</Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>American Megatrends Inc.</Manufacturer><Version>P1.50</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="4"/><Date>20110309000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>E9713107018400F4</HWID><UserLCID>2C0A</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0C0A</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Hora est?ndar de Argentina(GMT-03:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM/><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>109</Result><Products/><Applications/></Office></Software></GenuineResults>

Spsys.log Content: 0x80070002

Licensing Data-->
Error de entrada: No se encuentra el archivo de comandos "C:\Windows\system32\slmgr.vbs".

Windows Activation Technologies-->
HrOffline: 0x00000000
HrOnline: N/A
HealthStatus: 0x0000000000000000
Event Time Stamp: N/A
ActiveX: Registered, Version: 7.1.7600.16395
Admin Service: Not Registered - 0x80070005
HealthStatus Bitmask Output:
HWID Data-->

OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->

OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
BIOS valid for OA 2.0: yes, but no SLIC table
Windows marker version: N/A
OEMID and OEMTableID Consistent: N/A
BIOS Information:
ACPI Table Name OEMID Value OEMTableID Value

A: Invalid Windows 7 after year's use

The installed Product Key is the Default Key - which can never be legally activated.
The motherboard is a retail one.
The activation was circumvented by installation of an Activation Exploit - which Windows eventually discovered after installation of KB971033.

The current installation is therefore counterfeit.
Is there a COA sticker for Windows on the machine's case anywhere?

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I've read every post I could find on this so I'm sorry to ask another dumb question but here goes.

I created an access database (volunteer work) which has an autoincrement field to issue numbers to animals taken in at our shelter. My 'boss' (also a volunteer) wants this simple autoincrement changed to a value which begins with the two digit year and then has 4 digits, starting with 0001 which will increment sequentially and restart at 0001 with the new calendar year. Therefore, records will start with 10-0001, 10-0002, etc for this year and 11-0001, 11-0002 for next year.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Autoincrement field including year - restart each year

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I have created
C:\00 - savehere \2012
C:\00 - savehere \2013
C:\00 - savehere \2014

current vba code is:-
ChDir "C:\00 - savehere \2012"
Range("c57:h102").ExportAsFixedFormat Type:=xlTypePDF, Filename:=composedfn & ".pdf"
Is there a way to save to ChDir "C:\00 - savehere \ currentyear
without having to change the vba integer value to each new year? or using if statements for each year? So when the 1st of jan comes it automatically save to the new current year directory and if possible creates a directory at the start of each new year as well?

A:Solved: Save PDF to a year directory each new year or month

If folder exist....

' Does this directory exist? If not, create it.
If objFSO.FolderExists(strParentPath) = False Then
Set newFolder = objFSO.CreateFolder(strParentPath)
Wscript.Echo "Put a ocr fold here" &
'Save it here code'
End If

This will get you the year
CurrentDate = Date
File_Year = DatePart("yyyy",CurrentDate)

You should be able to code it with this info

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I found a post on this exact topic from back in 2010. I am trying to incorporate the code into my database and am not able to get the code to work if I make any changes. Here is the link to the previous thread:

I have also uploaded the database that was provided in the last post. If I try to change the field and object names I appear to be unsuccessful in having the code still work even when I change the items in the code as well. I woud like some help. I would like for there to be a field called "RequestDate" that has the date stamp that is keyed in by the user. Then after that is keyed in on the form the "AssignmentID" field is updated to the new assignment number. The "RequestDate"="Admit_Date" and "AssignmentID"="ActualFWCNumber". I am trying to do this in Access 2010. If I make changes either the number field doesn't autopopulate or the same number keeps repeating. Any and all assistance on this would be great.

A:Autoincrement field including year - restart each year

tamanthalou, welcome to the forum.
As you have posted the original database a copy of your database with no data in it would be better to understand your problem.

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I purchased this PC in July 2011 and it is out of warranty.  After months of being badgered to upgrade to Windows 10 I decided to do so but rather than upgrading I did a clean install since the laptop was working poorly.  I read on Microsoft's site that one could do this as long as they have the Windows Product Key for Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 which was already installed on the machine.  I wrote that down along with the Windows ID (different number).   I upgraded by downloading Windows 10 to a thumb drive and then installing.  Seemed to work fine (I believe I entered my Product ID in the process).  Now, several weeks later I"m getting a message that I need to "activate windows."  I called MIcrosoft after it failed to activate using the IDs I have and after 30 minutes on the phone they told me that both my Windows Product ID and my Windows Product Key are "invalid."  I'd like to call HP and get this sorted out - I have the original order number and Microsoft said that is all I would need for HP to help me - but I'm out of warranty and they apparently won't help me unless I pay them $60.  Another alternative is to buy a new copy of Windows 10 and pay MIcrosoft some money.   I'm outraged because I'm simply trying to do what Microsoft has been badgering me to do.   BTW, the PC seems to work fine other than the message to activate windows.  I guess another option is to do nothing. Any sugg... Read more

A:HP Sold Me PC with Invalid Windows 7 or at Least An Invalid ...

NYCRob62 The problem you are having, with MS claiming the product key is invalid, is all too common -- and it is a problem with MS, not with HP.  For reasons that MS will not make clear, they sometimes lock up OEM keys so they won't work to activate Win10.  HP can NOT fix this, as it is NOT an HP problem -- it is MS making excuses for the faulty operation of their Activation servers. I had this happen to me, and I even had the IDIOTS at MS tell me that I could not activate Win10 using a Win7 product key!! What worked in my case was restoring the original OS and following these instructions from the community Win10 forums for generating an XML key file:  Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First - Windows 10 Forums When I booted into my Win10 upgrade, it too, told me my key was invalid -- but since I had the genuineticket.xml file, I was able to use it to activate Win10.  And it's worked fine, ever since. Good Luck========================================================================I am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor do I represent, HP.---------------------------------------------------------------If my posts helped you, please click the Thumbs-Up symbol on the left of the Reply button to say thanks.If my posts solved your problem please click "Accept As Solution" -- to help others find the solution.========================================================================

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A:I bought a 1 year protection for 1 year Norton 360

I'm not exactly sure what you need but if you're asking how to recover the 360 product key so you can reinstall you might try Belarc: will list most/all? of the product keys associated with your installed software. For anything beyond that you may need to contact Norton.

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I have an installation folder on my main machine(Windows 7) with all my software. I have repeatedly run into issues connecting odd devices to my shared folder. This time I have installed Windows 10 Technical Preview (on a different machine) and don't understand why it tells me I can't access my own machine. After all these years, you would think user friendly would be a reality. It seems to be a coin toss as to which machines will connect. I hate never knowing I can access my own machine without issue. Here I am trying to install applications but yet I can't get to my storage location.

What is the secret to sharing your machine, so that anyone on the same network can access shared folders?

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A:Network connection issues (year after year)

I'm more brutal via the firewall:

set trust localhost and your lan ip's, eg

then add two rules for only the PRIVATE PROFILE

inbound allow tcp/udp from to any for ports 137-139,445
outbound allow tcp/udp from any to for ports 137-139,445
I use a much more complicate scheme in reality to enforce known vs unknown devices and to segregate WiFI from wired access, but that's just me.

In services, ensure these are running

Bonjour Service ( mDNSResponder)
Network Connections
Network List Service
Network Location Awareness


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I wonder if Win7 SP1 next year will be the last retailed edition for sale in the market or not. I remember the final boxed version of XP is SP2 and the OEM version is SP3. However Vista Boxed and OEM disc only got SP1 and customers must download SP2 from the Internet themselves !!

I ask this question is because I like to collect and keep the lastest boxed version and oem version of a Windows. So now, I have Vista SP1 OEM and Vista SP1 Boxed Edition. XP SP2 Boxed EDition and XP SP3 OEM edition.

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A:Windows 7 SP1 next year...

Quote: Originally Posted by Summer4Ever

I wonder if Win7 SP1 next year will be the last retailed edition for sale in the market or not.

If MS know the answer to that I doubt they will make it public, I think it is a case of wait and see!

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"Microsoft has announced that its next operating system will be offered as a free upgrade to owners of devices running Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Phone.

The announcement marks a change in strategy to its previous policy of charging for major updates.

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A:Windows 10 to be free in its first year

We shall they eventually make sure you pay through the nose for it.

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Windows XP the third-most popular OS after 15 years
It seems crazy to think that there are people out there using a 15-year-old operating system, but it’s happening. In fact, so many people are still running Windows XP right now that it is currently the third-most popular OS in use.
Microsoft actually stopped supporting Windows XP two years ago, which means the platform no longer sees updates of any kind — not even critical security patches. What’s more, even third-party developers like Google have stopped supporting it.
Despite all this, Windows XP’s 10.9 percent share of the market means it has a larger install base than Apple’s latest OS X El Capitan software (4.05 percent), and Windows 8.1 (9.56 percent). Windows 10 just about beats it with 14.15 percent...
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A:15 year-old Windows XP the 3rd-most popular OS

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I've been having a problem with my Windows 7 x64 machine BSOD on me a few times a month for over a year!

I've finally reached the breaking point and have asked for help!

Attached is a rar of all my minidump files. Please let me know if you need anything else.

I appreciate your help!

A:Windows 7 x64 - BSOD - Over a year

Hi -

There were 50 total BSOD dumps (the max retained by Windows 7) dating back to January 2012.

To start with, update Asus ATK0110 mobo utility driver. This 2005 version is known to cause BSODs -

ASACPI.sys Sun Mar 27 22:30:36 2005 (42476C4C)

Remove ElbyCD for now -

ElbyCDIO.sys Thu Dec 17 17:25:16 2009 (4B2AAFCC)

If BSODs continue, run Driver Verifier -

Regards. . .



Debug session time: Wed Apr 17 20:29:40.379 2013 (GMT-4)
Loading Dump File [C:\Users\PalmDesert\SysnativeBSODApps\041713-36987-01.dmp]
Built by: 7601.17835.amd64fre.win7sp1_gdr.120503-2030
System Uptime: 2 days 14:32:03.830
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for win32k.sys
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BugCheck 19, {20, fffffa800a7cf6f0, fffffa800a7cf7a0, 40bffff}
BugCheck Info: BAD_POOL_HEADER (19)
Bugcheck code 00000019
Arg1: 0000000000000020, a pool block header size is corrupt.
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Anyways - I am noticing a few things going a bit wrong like chkdsk.exe not working and a few other issues.

WOuld you suggest that it is a good thing to re-install a clean version of windows 7 from a previous image you made or is that a waste of time?

I mean, if my image backup has missing and corrupt registry items then I guess whats the point?

Thoughts please!

PS I wouldn't be able to re-build the system I have since there are way too many tweaks and setings to re-do, but I think that I have some issues.....

Maybe I should re-install the registry?

A:Should you re-install Windows every year?

I do mine every 6 months. Just to make sure it's clean.

With your drivers, files, and program installers organised. It's a 2 hour investment every 6 months. And Having a clean image with no updates or programs installed helps.

Why not?

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I have windows XP media edition on a Gateway 510XL 3.2 mhz machine. My AVG was expiring so I decided to try another program. I got McAfee security suite and installed it on my system. I had problems on the install (conflict with ad-aware plus) and tried to reinstall. Before reinstall I picked up a bug that automatically resets my home page to every time I reboot.

I installed McAfee and my system ran very slow and the date was reset to 1970 and cannot be changed. I removed McAfee and now the date is fixed at 1990. Is this progress?

Checked the BIOs and it had the same year.

Rechecked the BIOs date was 4/09/1990

Replaced battery, no change BIOs date is 4/10/1990
reset the BIOS date to 4/09/2007
saved and started reboot
reentered BIOS F2 on the bootup date was 4/09/2007
at XP Welcome screen selected "administrator"
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A:Windows year will not reset

Sounds like you should try a new battery. If that solves the date/time problem, then run an HJT scan and put it in the Security forum for analysis.

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I have a Gateway PC I bought from BestBuy about 4 years ago. Today I started getting a message that I need to activate windows 7 !!!!! It has been working fine for years ! How am I supposed to activate it ? I have done NO work or modifications to the PC.
Now I know why people switch to Macs !

A:activate windows - on 4 year old PC ?

Click on activate to do it online? If it fails, call MS Support Center and let they deal with the issue.

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Hello Every one, well today I booted to into windows 7 and it just Crashed, (weird I know ) so I tried several reboot attempt, and it would get to the windows LOGO and just crash, i was unable to get the Error went by to fast

I then tried to do a repair, no luck, then tried to do a image restore ( have done a few in the past and they worked ) and the restore image was unable to restore, ( SSD drive was in use-Message )

So i tried to boot just from the SSD itself and said that the MBR was missing ( my first clue something is bad

So i tried to boot in safe mode.. i was able to boot into safe mode

so i just said let me bite the bullet and do a clean install of windows 7, I needed to do one anyways
And i could not do a Clean install of Windows 7( windows cannot be installed on this DISK.)

maybe some of my previous problems have finally come back to bite me

Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated

Thanks in advance

A:1 Year old SSD will not boot into windows

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. If an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS. If UEFI follow these special steps for Install, otherwise enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install:

Set DVD drive first to boot, HD second, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into Windows 7 installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here. I would use a fresh ISO written with tool in Step 2 as yours is in question.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

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Just recieved this on my newsfeedWindows 10 upgrade to be 'free' for one year - BBC newsIn my opinion this is fantastic news, as most of my devices are running windows 7/8.1 which should be eligable for a free upgrade.I have been toying around with windows 10 in a virtual machine and have found it's performance very good for a technical preview, have to wait and see what the finished product will be like.message edited by thomasad

A:Windows 10 upgrade to be 'free' for one year

Thanks for the heads up. Unfortunately the BBC news left out the fine print shown on Windows 10 page on Microsoft's site here. Quoted: ?It is our intent that most of these devices will qualify, but some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. ISP fees may apply. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise outside of this offer. We will be sharing more information and additional offer terms in coming months.?Also quoted is the need to sign up for email for the upgrade offer using your Microsoft account.i_Xp/Vista/W7Usermessage edited by XpUser

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Hi, I have an old (but working amazingly good!) 64bit processor HP Compaq 6730s, upgraded with a SSD drive and 8gb DDR2 ram memory. Currently it is dual-booting running windows 7 home premium, 64 bit edition, pretty smoothly -it has given no problems so far, and Ubuntu 14.04. I am pretty tempted to upgrade to windows 10, but given that it is a relatively old computer, I am not sure wether the hardware will be fully compatible with w10... and also I do not want to loose my partitions! So what do you recommend me... shall I go for it? Thank you very much for your help and for creating amazing computers like the 6730s! Gonzalo

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A:Windows 10 in my 7 year-old HP Compaq 6730s -should I try it...

Hi: I have the elitebook 6930p which has basically the same hardware as your model. W10 works just fine on mine, but I do not have a webcam, nor do I use the fingerprint reader or protect tools security software, so I cannot confirm that those work on W10. You should be able to recover to W7 very easily if you do not delete the windows.old folder. To revert, go to settings>update and secuity>

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Hello community. Me and my wife, have a PC with Win8.1 installed. The thing is that the constant requirement of entering user passwords everything we switch is very annoying.

Is there anyway to bypass password screens for all users when Windows are booting or when we change users?

Thank in advance for your time

A:Multi-year Windows 8.1 without passwords

Hi Gonik, welcome to the Eight Forums.

That can be done using a Local Account. Windows 8 and 8.1 can use either a Microsoft Account or a Local Account, difference being that a Microsoft Account is connected to an email address. As an email account always requires a password it cannot be removed, therefore the password is also required when signing in to Windows. To put it very short, a Microsoft Account always needs a password.

A Local Account is traditional Windows user account as used in Windows 7 and earlier versions. It may or may not have a password, as user has selected, and even if the password is selected it can be removed. When a Local Account is used in Windows 8 or 8.1, the user can select a separate and individual email account to be used with each Windows Store App needing an email account.

Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8Local Account Password - Change or Remove in Windows 8Windows Store - Sign in with Different Microsoft Account in Windows 8

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I can't post to the News yet, so I will put some good news for Redmond here.

Nearly half of 1,200 companies surveyed by a veteran technology analyst plan to deploy Windows 7 in its first year of availability, and another 11 percent say they will make the shift as soon as Microsoft releases the first service pack update for the new operating system.

Survey: 50% of businesses to deploy Windows 7 in first year

A:50% of businesses to deploy Windows 7 in first year

We will most likely be deploying it on all of our Vista based machines. Have been running Technet RTM copies on several of the older ones to make sure all is well...

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Now, at the end of dec, are the bugs pretty much worked out?
Or are people still experiencing problems and rough edges with kaspersky on win10?

A:windows 10 and kaspersky 2016 -- end of year

I think actual KTS/KIS2016MR0d is quite stable in W10, anyway there is a new 2016MR1 in RC (Release Candidate) stage that will come (official release) probably in January 2016, which comes with better support for W10, and some new improvements...

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I have a 3 year old notebook running Win 7 Pro/sp1 x32. For various reasons, I have not used it since early in 2015 and kept it shut off. It's a nice little travel companion, but had been replaced by a more powerful Dell laptop more suitable to my current needs. It occurred to me the notebook could still serve as a nice platform for testing programs, rather than risk my workhorse desktop - also running Win 7. Then I realized that absolutely no updates to Windows or to programs had been made in almost 2 years. (Don't try this at home!) So I fired it up, and rolled up my sleeves.First stop was Windows Update, to see what I had missed. The search for updates took all night. Turns out there were only about 90 Important and 40 optional updates listed, totaling almost half a GB, waiting for download. Included were 15-20 of those pesky .Net Framework updates. Yikes! Where to begin?So I selected the one at the top - a Cumulative Update for IE 11, published in Aug/2016 - as a reasonable one to test first. It got hung up at 5% into the download, and timed out. Back to the desktop, where things had slowed down to a crawl. Task Manager showed that svchost.exe was hogging between 50-100% of the CPU. Great, there are only about a dozen processes that use svchost. But one of those services is for  Windows Updater, which was running under manual mode. But stopping that service didn't seem to speed things up in general.Since system slowdowns can be caused by malware spoofing ... Read more

A:Windows Updates after a 1.5 Year Hiatus

I make it a point to turn on all my home PCs at least monthly --- specifically, for the sake of Windows Updates.   I'll typically also run Secunia's PSI, to help upgrade any other programs (typically browsers) I have on these systems.
Win7 (laptop, but which I use as if it were a desktop) is my primary system, my workhorse, for all daily chores.   Surprising, WinXP (laptop) is my secondary system... I keep it in the bedroom, so I don't have to carry my Win7 around the house.   I'm amazed how much can still be done on an XP system... especially since I downloaded and started using avast's SafeZone browser.   I also have an 8.1 tablet, which I use occasionally, but find its onscreen keyboard inconvenient when I wish to do a lot of typing [and this explains why my WinXP retains its secondary position in my household].

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New member,Hi to the group
Ok, I upgraded the ram from 0.5 to 2 but it runs like a charm excuse the pun
my button for the mouse thing on my very basic laptop was broke, so I am using a USB mouse with a wheel
and I think that helps with the scrolling, my learning curve was about an hour but I have used windows phone
so I think that helped, the cd drive was broke so installed by USB, very impressed with that, all in all very pleased.
Well done MS you have a winner on your hands.

A:Running Windows 8 RTM on 7 year old laptop

Interesting, is that laptop's screen resolution running at native? Just curious.

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This just in from ZDnet by Ed Bott, that MSFT will cease to allow new machines to be sold with Win7 on them.  I've not read the article yet, but it should be self explanatory.  So do your shopping now. That's what I'm going to do.  Now.
Ironically, I just now uploaded three videos showing what business laptops are being sold by Lenovo, Dell, HP to prove that they aren't selling Win10 machines.  They are using Win8.1 licenses' downgrade rights to sell Win7.  The videos are updates on the ones I did back at the beginning of September, to see if the September results were still valid.
You can see the videos here (Dell), here (HP) and here (Lenovo, but the video shows the Win7 machines sold out);  vids were made 10/26 and at least Dell has radically changed its website interface now.  The videos are boring, though.  Better to just go to the websites, instead.
The Dell machines shown in the video are mostly gone, now; or, the website redesign makes it look that way.  The machines shown in the video are now (right now, this minute) showing as only available preconfigured in Win7Pro 64 or Win10.  When just now I did a mock purchase, those were the only options:  not, Win8.  You'll find more Win8 machines available on HP.
Thank you for your time.  So much of my life would be so much worse, were it not for BC.  I hope to 'give back'.  Thank you again.

A:Windows 7 new PC sales have only one year left

I was talking to a tech at Eset while  he was fixing my computer and He told me that Microsoft was not going to give updates to win 7 much longer. Hope that he is wrong.

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I built this computer about a year ago and installed a legit upgrade copy of Windows 7 Ultimate (installed a friend's copy of Windows 7 just to get through the upgrade process). I've had no problems with the OS until a few days ago when I noticed one of my USB devices turned off (a PS3 controller configured with MotionJoy). Then I noticed Windows came up with several notices claiming it wasn't genuine. It was displayed in popups and in the bottom right-hand corner of my desktop.

Apparently, Microsoft Security Essentials triggered it. This wasn't the first time I've had to deal with a validation issue in a Windows PC. I usually just had to run the validation tool and be done with it. However, when I ran the tool this time, it simply took me to a screen where I could buy a new copy of Windows 7 Ultimate (or a new activation key?) to resolve missing security files. Obviously I'm not going to do that, but I'm running out of options other than perhaps running the Windows 7 Ultimate upgrade installer again and hoping that it returns Windows to default.

As it stands, I've tried reactivating, but it gives me an error message. I've tried running Windows Update because it seems that it stopped updating on the 21st, and that's when the latest security pack was installed. However, I get a code C0000022 error whenever I try to update. Should I just redo my upgrade installation or is there some other way to fix this? I'd appreciate a... Read more

A:Almost a year later, Windows claims it's not genuine.

I built this computer about a year ago and installed a legit upgrade copy of Windows 7 Ultimate (installed a friend's copy of Windows 7 just to get through the upgrade process).Click to expand...

The upgrade copy may have been legit, but a new computer requires a genuine full price copy of Windows. Even if you paid (the discounted price) for the upgrade it is not legit on a new computer. We cannot help with this issue.

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I have had a Compaq CQ62-219wm for over a year; however, now I get a message indicating that my Windows 7 Home Premium x64 is not genuine. Upon downloading a key finder software, I noted that the product key has "Trial" indicated (in spaces 6-10). Could this be a result of not activating within 30 days? My service protection is enabled.

Please find additional info below:

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-QCPVQ-KHRB8-RMV82
Windows Product Key Hash: +Rj3N34NLM2JqoBO/OzgzTZXgbY=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8992687-00095
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {664C77BE-0A8A-4990-8481-72E155002C97}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.120503-2030
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A
Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
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A:Getting non-genuine windows message; have had cpu over a year

We can't do anything until you post the FULL report, unedited.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1300 running on Windows XP. It always says the year is 2005. The month and the day are correct, just not the year, and the time is always a few minutes off.

Every time you try to adjust it in the Date/Time section and click apply, it immediately goes back to 2005.

I have also gone into BIOS and changed it there, but when I exit BIOS and the computer starts, the year is always back to 2005.

I have done every diagnostic scan Dell told me to do several times and the hardware says it's fine. I even replaced my battery for good measure.

Please help! The date affects all my file dates which causes a lot of problems for me.


A:Wrong Year (2005) in Windows XP

Hello and Welcome to TSF

You say you already changed the CMOS battery?

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Dear tech support,

(Since this is my first post here, I hope it is in the right forum. My apologies if it isn't!)

The title pretty much describes the question I'm asking myself right now. I just noticed that all files, folders and software from the last year are missing. The most recent data is from May 2nd and onwarts (just the things I did on my pc since then), anything before that date is gone until april 2012. So basically there is a 1-year gap from which all data seems to have been removed.

More curiously: files, folders and software I have deleted in the past, are now back in the place they once were. This leads to me think that, somehow, my pc has performed/suffered a rollback of about a year after the Windows updates from May 2nd.

The whole thing puzzles me completely, never have I experienced something like this. Googling for information didn't help much either, nowhere could I find a similar story. Contacting the online Windows support chat resulted in a constant 'no employees are available', hence I decided to raise my question here.

Basically I want to ask you: do you have any idea what has happened and/or what to do about it? I am just clueless.

Some additional information:
- I am running Windows 7 Home Premium service pack 1
- My PC is about 5 years old, the oldest data dates back to 2008 and 2009. As mentioned, the old data is still present, it's just the most recent year or so that's gone
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A:Did windows perform a 1-year rollback, by itself?

Windows restore from a recovery point does not affect user data only Windows system files. Even if you rolled back to a point that was a year old the user data would stay. It sounds more like a backup was restored but without user intervention I don't see how that would happen.

What do you use, if anything, for backup?

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I have a Windows 2000 and I just install a new fresh copy of the OP that it came with the computer, now I can't open any programs, and I don't have access to the internet for the same reason.

I have another computer and I was enable to donwload a program that can save in a flash card and run it in the another computer.

This is the repor that it gave me...Please I need some help..

See attachment report.
Thank you!!

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Hello all. For two weeks now I've been trying to help an 84 year old veteran fix his virus infected 2 year old Windows 8 Gateway (Walmart) desktop. The poor old guy was a first time PC buyer when he purchased this PC two years ago, & didn't comprehend the implications of not renewing his anti-virus 60 day trial version. Consequently after continuing to operate his PC online for almost two years afterwards, he got badly infected. I went over there to help him a couple of weeks ago & it was obviously infected. I installed Malewarebytes, which found over 2100 malewares & 7 trojans... I've used factory restore from both inside Windows 8 & from boot, & it of course works but won't validate Windows 8 once it completes. I've even tried clearing cmos to no avail. It simply cannot read the encrypted product ID key from the UEFI bios. I could go into another (horrible) story about the third party out of warranty support vendor Acer references on their site, but really what good would it do at this point? Does anyone have a fix for this? Thanks in advance for your time, consideration, & effort!regards, Frank

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A:Factory restore on 2 year old Windows 8 Gateway fa...

i would try to use the Microsoft phone activation before installing windows 7 (need to set Leagacy, disable secure boot, sometimes you need to update your BIOS too to have CSM option) from windows 8 desktop press:windows key logo + rtypeslui.exe 4press enter Choose to activate by phone then follow on screen instructions.

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First of all, I have had this laptop for about a year. It worked fine with almost no problems. Until today where I got a prompt saying Windows was not genuine and the screen turned black with the words:

"Windows 7
Build 7601
This copy of Windows is not genuine" in the lower right hand corner.

I ran the MGADiag tool and here are the results

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-YG69F-9M66D-PMJBM
Windows Product Key Hash: /kehptF9HHVxM5d8dUnqgcfndXw=
Windows Product ID: 00426-OEM-8992662-00497
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.001
ID: {2783BDAD-6150-40CE-B513-F3C9FE00507D}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Ultimate
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.130318-1533
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

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A:Windows 7 not genuine anymore after one year of usage.

You have a counterfeit installation using the infamous stolen Lenova key.

Buy a retail version of Windows from a reputable store, format, then install.

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Hello all. For two weeks now I've been trying to help an 84 year old veteran fix his virus infected 2 year old Windows 8 Gateway (Walmart) desktop. The poor old guy was a first time PC buyer when he purchased this PC two years ago, & didn't comprehend the implications of not renewing his anti-virus 60 day trial version. Consequently after continuing to operate his PC online for almost two years afterwards, he got badly infected. I went over there to help him a couple of weeks ago & it was obviously infected. I installed Malewarebytes, which found over 2100 malewares & 7 trojans... I've used factory restore from both inside Windows 8 & from boot, & it of course works but won't validate Windows 8 once it completes. I've even tried clearing cmos to no avail. It simply cannot read the encrypted product ID key from the UEFI bios. I could go into another (horrible) story about the third party out of warranty support vendor Acer references on their site, but really what good would it do at this point? Does anyone have a fix for this? Thanks in advance for your time, consideration, & effort!regards, Frank

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A:Factory restore on 2 year old Windows 8 Gateway fa...

i would try to use the Microsoft phone activation before installing windows 7 (need to set Leagacy, disable secure boot, sometimes you need to update your BIOS too to have CSM option) from windows 8 desktop press:windows key logo + rtypeslui.exe 4press enter Choose to activate by phone then follow on screen instructions.

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I'm sure you've all heard the news about Windows 10, the question now is what are you going to do.

A:Will You Be Upgrading To Windows 10 During Its Free For A Year Phase?

 I just wanted to participate in the poll 

Yes I will. :D

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Hey Everyone, new member here!

I've been reading this forum for years, but never had the need to ask a question myself until now... I'm hoping anyone can help me figure out what the heck is

wrong with my computer... I simply CANNOT use Microsoft Update! This has been the case for about a year I think, and I have never found a solution to it

and I have tried everything I read online and nothing will fix it....

- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
- Sony Vaio VPCF127FX (3 years old)
- Bitdefender Total Security 2013
- Disabled windows firewall/anti-virus/defender
- When trying to 'check for updates', I always get this error:
And error occured while checking for new updates for your computer. Error(s) Found: Code 80073712
- Cannot Install Internet Explorer 9!!
Things I've tried:
- My computer cannot run/execute SFC utility in prompt. It always gives this error:
Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation.
- I've tried Microsoft Fix it and it finds no problems
- I've tried the latest 'System Update and Readiness Tool'
- I'm confident it has nothing to do with bitdefender. Even so, I've disabled it and removed it to see if it was an issue and this problem is the same.

- Checking Windows Event Logs Gives This information:
R... Read more

A:Windows Update Error - 80073712 (For Over A Year!)

have you tried running SFC from safe mode. I never run it in normal mode.

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I have an Asus K53E laptop that I purchased a little over a year ago and I bought it from Best Buy with an extended plan etc. The computer pops up with a message about not a genuine windows and after having three computer guys "repair" it now it is losing drivers for windows. In order to get it to boot I have to tell it to drop windows signature to see my desktop. I have been told this is a RAM problem and to download the drivers from the Asus site which I did and it did nothing. Seems to be a windows boot problem and I am tired of spending money on this machine. I have already spent its worth in repair people to constantly recover the machine. Laptops should last longer than a year I would assume. Now this one is an expensive paperweight. Any ideas?

A:year old Asus drops drivers to Windows 7

To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool
(download and save to desktop - )
Once saved, run the tool.
Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.
- **in your own thread**, please

Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
How to Tell

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...and told him to open calculator. I had him start on the Desktop. He first looks for the Start button, to no avail. Looking confused, he thinks for a second, the just starts typing "calculator" on the Desktop. After that doesn't work, he starts clicking around until he accidentally grabs the top of the screen and pins it on the side. He then clicks in the empty space and makes it to the Start screen. Then, he looks for calculator in my pinned things, and after no success, he then types "calculator" again and successfully opens the program. His first comments "well, it will take some getting use to, but it's no big deal." I then show him how the Start button actually is there, just hidden. He affirms that yeah it's no big deal, just will take some getting used to.

Later, he was watching me use my PC, and I downloaded the Wikipedia app and pinned it. After that, I put down the computer and played some Xbox with him beside me. He's very interested in history, so he picks up the computer, and goes into the Wikipedia app. He asks me how to search in the app, and I showed him how to use Charms. After that, he was using it as if he had his whole life. He searches some Wikipedia, then when he can't find what he wanted there, he goes back to Start (using the hidden button) and hit the IE icon (which sends him to the desktop) and uses it to search and find things. I show him how he could bring up the recent apps menu to quickly go back to Wikipedia, an... Read more

A:So I gave a 13 year old tech-noob my Windows 8 PC...

I gave my ape a 13 year old computer and......nevermind

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I currently have an hp paviliondv4 (4gb RAM, 2.2GHZ with windows 7 and avast anti virus). I just bought and returned a Samsung NP550 (6GB RAM, 2.5GHZ with windows 8 and Kepersky security). As soon as I began surfing the net I noticed my new 600 dollar purchase was actually slower than my hp. I ran numerous speed tests and found out my less powerful hp was dogging my brand new more powerful computer. Best buy refunded the purchase completely but not with out a fight. At first they said it was not the computers fault and the Samsung was indeed faster as they pointed out the .3 GHZ advantage it had over the 2.2GHZ hp. They said internet speed is the only factor when speed testing...NONSENSE. I tested both computers on the same internet and the hp was faster in every category every time.The tech and I speed tested the two laptops once side by side and the hp won. Still he said It's not the computer. I told them to have a side by side race with my hp 50 times on the same internet opening a page and playing a video and that's when they refunded me completely including setup. I went to the back of the store and the display model was out performing my hp. Now I'm thoroughly confused. Maybe the display has a different security program? Is this a windows 8 issue? could Kapersky be causing lag? Did I get a defected model?
hp has AMD processor and the Samsung has core i5

A:New windows 8 Samsung Laptop is slower than 3 year old HP

It's between Kaspersky and Defective WiFi module.

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Hello all. For two weeks now I've been trying to help an 84 year old veteran fix his virus infected 2 year old Windows 8 Gateway (Walmart) desktop. The poor old guy was a first time PC buyer when he purchased this PC two years ago, & didn't comprehend the implications of not renewing his anti-virus 60 day trial version. Consequently after continuing to operate his PC online for almost two years afterwards, he got badly infected. I went over there to help him a couple of weeks ago & it was obviously infected. I installed Malewarebytes, which found over 2100 malewares & 7 trojans... I've used factory restore from both inside Windows 8 & from boot, & it of course works but won't validate Windows 8 once it completes. I've even tried clearing cmos to no avail. It simply cannot read the encrypted product ID key from the UEFI bios. I could go into another (horrible) story about the third party out of warranty support vendor Acer references on their site, but really what good would it do at this point? Does anyone have a fix for this? Thanks in advance for your time, consideration, & effort!regards, Frank

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A:Factory restore on 2 year old Windows 8 Gateway fa...

i would try to use the Microsoft phone activation before installing windows 7 (need to set Leagacy, disable secure boot, sometimes you need to update your BIOS too to have CSM option) from windows 8 desktop press:windows key logo + rtypeslui.exe 4press enter Choose to activate by phone then follow on screen instructions.

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This article SEEMS to say that although MS no longer makes patches for Windows XP, (stopped after April 8th, 2014) they have something called Custom Support, where for $200 a year, those who simply cannot update their Windows XP systems due to backwards compatibility issues, could still get Windows XP patches.

How is this possible? Can someone explain what the article means in terms of the Windows XP user?


A:Solved: Windows XP? Custom Supprort? Pay MS $200 a Year.

As the article says, if you are a large company with a Custom Support Agreement Microsoft is required to keep up some support for three more years. And, for XP apparently it's costing those large companies about $200 per PC (per year?). For XP users not in a large company it means nothing.

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Hi. I was playing "Jazz Jackrabbit 2" on my computer, and it crashed with some kind of application error several times in a couple of hours. I've attached a screenshot of the error window(s). Also, for next time, how do I place an image inline in a post?

One more thing. Can someone give me a little information or links to information about what the Assembly Language registers pertain to in the Application Error windows of the screenshot? I've just started teaching myself Assembly Language, so I'm curious

A:What could cause a 17-year-old game to crash on a modern Windows 7?!

I`m shocked you could even install a 17 year old game

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Hello !About a month ago the HDD (wd7500bpkt) of my Acer 7750G laptop decided to teach me a lesson about backing up data and not putting all the information on the same data storage device no matter how reliable the classic HDD has become.The hdd failed and I tried to fix it with a recovery software and damaged it even further. I took it to a data recovery firm and they managed to recover some data but most of it is non usable(I am referring to .dwg files). The following message appears when I attempt to open a damaged .dwg file: "Drawing file is not valid"However, the file amounts to 1177 KB* which, to me, means that the file contains information but with missing bits; those missing bits may be interpolated using those that are intact as I don't think the .dwg file is encrypted with random sequences that can not be predicted(*that is roughly the same size it had prior to the failure). I found "DWG Repair Toolbox" but have not tried it yet. Has anyone tried repairing a damaged .dwg file and was successful in doing so ?What was the procedure, what software has been used?Thank you !

A:recovered ACAD files invalid.How to reconstruct invalid .DWG

I found this:

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I'm new to the forum so my apologies for any mistakes. Over a year ago I brought a new laptop with Windows 8. Of course, I wanted to have windows 7 on so found out how to downgrade. Now, a year later, I believe i have done something wrong as I am now being told my windows is not activated (Build 7601) and that the version of Windows I have is Ultimate (which if I downgraded correctly it shouldn't be).

I still have the Windows 8 OEM licence code stored on the BIOS. I was wondering if anyone can help me either:

Correctly activate Windows 7 from where I am now and without having to rebuild my laptop?


Update to a legitimate version of Windows 8 using my OEM licence so that I can then get the free upgrade to Windows 10?

I really would prefer not to rebuild my computer from scratch

Thank you for any help

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Microsoft have at last seemed to clarify the situation with windows 10 and updates / subscription service

Finally we seem to have the answer
it will be free
Microsoft commits to 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10
It's been a bad week for conspiracy theorists. As the Windows 10 launch nears, Microsoft is clearing up loose ends. Today's announcement of a 10-year support commitment for Windows 10 should remove one persistent bit of FUD from the discussion.Click to expand...

A:Microsoft commits to 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10

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The flaw, which took Microsoft more than 12 months to fix, affects all users who connect to business, corporate, or government networks using the Active Directory service. The database is built into Windows and acts as a combination traffic cop and security guard, granting specific privileges to authorized users and mapping where on a local network various resources are available. The bug—which Microsoft classifies as MS15-011 and the researcher who first reported it calls Jasbug—allows attackers who are in a position to monitor traffic passing between the user and the Active Directory network to launch a man-in-the-middle exploit that executes malicious code on vulnerable machines.
"All computers and devices that are members of a corporate Active Directory may be at risk," warned a blog post published Tuesday by JAS Global Advisors, the firm that reported the bug to Microsoft in January 2014. "The vulnerability is remotely exploitable and may grant the attacker administrator-level privileges on the target machine/device. Roaming machines—Active Directory member devices that connect to corporate networks via the public Internet (possibly over a Virtual

15-year-old bug allows malicious code execution in all versions of Windows

A:15-year-old bug allows malicious code execution in all versions of Windows

This hasn't been offered to me, it isn't listed in windows update and it isn't installed already. My system: windows 8, toshiba laptop. I don't know whether this vilnerability is one that can and will affect all users, or only those who are making particular types of connections to particular types of network. Being classified as a "remote code execution" type by microsfot the bug sounds pretty severe, so it would be helpful to know whether only some system types are vulnerable to this.

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I have the same machine, and I am running windows 10 Home the only problem is none of my drivers well update. How do I fix this problem?

A:Windows 10 insider on my 7 year old HP a6433w Vista machine!

Hi, Typically W10 will update when it's good and ready provided there are driver updates available. Double check the update settings under the Settings---->Update and Security--->Advanced Options.   If the above is OK then review this information. I am running W10 on a seven year old VISTA laptop and W10 really didn't have any driver updates other than what is built into W10.  In fact, I have to use a VISTA update to get one of my devices working.  You may have to do the same.

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Windows XP Home SP2
I am trying to help an 82 year old guy fix his computer, he uses it to talk with his daughter in China and e-mail her etc.
When he tries to send pics or anything in the e-mail it sends like 97 or 98 copies. only one person he has sent to says that it had said not to open anything cause there was a virus, he does not no what it was. He showed me 3 pages of 28 he printed out to show me and it is 3 pages of rrooefnqohfanfajl;335i43kl;nakfjafafmn, stuff like that. He has norton antivirus and it is upto date.he said he ran it and it showed nothing, I told him to run it again right before I came home to do this, he lives 20 miles from me. He did not know he had sp2, but he was on auto for windows updates so it downloaded it for him. he had norton firewall running and of course windows firewall was running by default so I turned the windows one off.

I ran adware SE Personal 1.05 and caught 40 files, mostly tracking cookies, rans spyware and caught 5 DSO Exploit, 3 Wild Tangents, 1 Hotbar, 1 WebTrends Live, Ran spyblaster and got him covered there, ran cwshredder and caught nothing, check defrag and he didn;'t need it, deleted all temp files and cookies, and history, saw Backweb 137903 in his program files if that means anytning.

Here is his HJT Log

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 5:50:48 PM, on 10/23/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss... Read more

A:Windows XP home sp2-82 year old man needs help-virus-e-mail 98 at a time

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It's been a bad week for conspiracy theorists. As the Windows 10 launch nears, Microsoft is clearing up loose ends. Today's announcement of a 10-year support commitment for Windows 10 should remove one persistent bit of FUD from the discussion.

With the global launch of Windows 10 less than two weeks away, Microsoft's lawyers and business managers are finishing the pieces of the puzzle that don't involve code.

Earlier this week, Microsoft published its license terms for Windows 10. Today, the company updated its support lifecycle policy for the new OS. In the process, they've cleared up the confusion over a phrase that defines the new Windows 10 servicing model.

Read more here

A:Microsoft commits to 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10

Those who have reserved windows 10 should have an email today
which also has a FAQ section - including the cost
Windows 10 FAQ & Tips ? Microsoft

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Hi, I've had my laptop for about 2 years and 6-8 weeks ago I started to get the 'activate windows message'. Windows was pre installed when I purchased the laptop and was already activated. I haven't done a complete factory reset but have done a couple system restores in the past. Basically I can't activate as I don't have a product key - no discs came with the laptop and the product key is not anywhere on the box or stuck onto the laptop. I'm trying to upgrade to windows 10 (I think the deadline is today (26 July 16) but I need a product key. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks! arpc

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Hello everyone,
I'm new to this forum and I need help desperately!
I have Windows 7x64 boot camped on my Imac (Snow Leopard)
All is fine on the mac side but the windows side, not so much.
When I boot into windows it starts, the windows logo comes up.
Then the black screen with white cursor (cursor is moveable)
The colored circle spins about 3 times and goes away.
25-30 min later the blue welcome screen comes on.
I will get the 0x80070017 error
Seems as the whole system has gone from 100mph to 1/4 mph
In my memory it seems that the windows side was in the process
of updating (which it seems to do every hour) like 1 of 8 and
don't you dare interrupt. I think I did the unthinkable!
I shut it down and booted back to the mac.
So when I try to boot back to the W7 it looks like it's pay back time.
Iv'e tried safe mode, system restore (which has said it failed while
copying the registry from the restore point, an unspecified error ocured
during system restore)
I do not see any explanation points in my device manager.
Any help to fix this would be so appreciated. Iv'e been working on this a week!

A:Windows 7 in bootcamp partition- won't start after being fine for year

That error message has to do with a bad media. Were you trying to install Windows using a DVD ? I sugguest you use a USB flash drive . Click this link to see how to go about creating a bootable USB drive with Windows 7 installation files.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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Hello, 7 years ago I bought HP G 62 laptpp  came with windows 7 home premium, yesterday the HDD gone faulty and I had to replace it.
I nstalled window 7 and I need to activate it and I haven"t the windows key because the laptop supplied without windows key. I don"t know what I have to do. I lost my old HDD and lost everything encluded the old windows 7 home premium .
I need help.somebody guid me what I should do to solve this problem.
THe information for this laptop:
Type:                HP G62
Number:  WM954EA# AB4
[personal information removed]

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or code '413' when i tried to log on here . started yesterdad evening .turned comp off and on that seemed to get rid of it .but came on the comp this morning and all was fine .then after a short time the messages started appearing again . trying to log in to hotmail i got the invalid header . in another hot i got in tryed to delete and got invalid header i think . tryed to send a message on a forum got invalid verb . last night on the comp shopper forum i could send if i put my message in the title box and 2 words in the message box but if i tried to put more words in the message box got invalid verb . tryed turning on and off today but no luck there . have an advent 9317 with duo 2 core . fire wall is zone alarm pro . antivirus is nod32 and webroot sweeprr as spyware . went on firefox and the same thing happened . my google mail is fine and yahoo as far as im aware . can anyone help .thanks

A:bad request(invalid verb) or bad req (invalid header name )

that comes up as request entity to large .it just happened again . iv uninstalled and re installed ie7 that was how i was able to write the above thread went for a bath came back and a 413 appeared . not sure but whilst down loading had to turn my nod antivirus off .turned it back on after the download ok at first but then went back into it and now turned the internet monitor section box off so could get into hotmail and into hear . does anyone else have nod32 or had probs like this .cant be that common

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Being pretty happy with finally making the jump to Windows 7 64 bit on my newer machine a few months ago, I'd now like to also upgrade my 10 year old dual Xeon workhorse from XP SP3 to Windows 7 32 bit.

It's a Super Micro P4DCE+II - Super Micro Computer, Inc. - Products | Motherboards | Xeon Boards | P4DCE+II

I'm wondering about the Intel 860 chipset drivers and Windows 7 compatibility, The drivers linked on Super Micro's site only list XP as the most recent OS supported and the same on Intel's site.

I've seen this page - intel drivers pour chipsets - is this what I want?

Would this be as easy as installing Windows 7 then installing a chipset package from station-drivers? If so, which version would be best?

A:10 year old Super Micro P4DCE+II Intel 860 Chipset and Windows 7

You might be able to get something working. It's possible there are vista drivers available that will give you some joy in win 7. The honest truth is that scenario is prone to crashes largely because of the vast difference between how vista and win 7 handle power management.

Honestly I would suggest keeping xp on that machine, as even vista drivers seem to be in short supply for your specific chipset (just basing that on a quick search though)

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Hi everyone
I have a windows 8.1 RTM professional Retail+1 year Office 2013 license and I downloaded an iso of windows 8.1 pro from media creator manually then install that . But It have an error in my Active Windows:
Error Code : 0xC004C003
and when I try to active windows with cmd I have This error code :

Error code: 0xC004F009
License Status: Notification
Notification Reason: 0xC004F009 (grace time expired).

and in System my Windows is :(( NOT ACTIVE )):  :}

and I don't Know how to active my Office t00
 Thanks .

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I recently got reply of my mail to do developers of Doodle Army and they state that Doodle Army 2 : Mini Militia is coming to Windows this year and DA3 will be coming on next year....
So be happy guys....

A:Doodle Army 2 : Mini Militia Coming to Windows This Year!!!

See the screenshot of the mail:!AuJyOui3JEAMjNpcF_SCKEojNI6ZZA

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It's been a bad week for conspiracy theorists. As the Windows 10 launch nears, Microsoft is clearing up loose ends. Today's announcement of a 10-year support commitment for Windows 10 should remove one persistent bit of FUD from the discussion.With the global launch of Windows 10 less than two weeks away, Microsoft's lawyers and business managers are finishing the pieces of the puzzle that don't involve code.Earlier this week, Microsoft published its license terms for Windows 10. Today, the company updated its support lifecycle policy for the new OS. In the process, they've cleared up the confusion over a phrase that defines the new Windows 10 servicing model.Microsoft commits to 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10Yet another article that clears about a lot of conspiracie theories. It should calm down the allegations going around that section quite a bit.

A:"Microsoft commits to 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10", via ZDNet

Really?  Yeah, then run winver.exe see the EULA yourself.  NOTHING of that is in it.  Ed Bott didn't even know where the EULA was.  But you just run winver.exe on your machine, see for yourself.  The version is no longer 'preview'.  But activated.
EDIT: he finally gave the address as Windows\System32\Licenses -- a bad answer, because that's only AFTER agreeing to the installation.  Not published or easily readable, PRE installation.
You've no idea how little trust in MSFT remains.  It's not me personally griping about this.  I'm taking on the 'character' of the thing in general to dramatise it.  But the deafness at MSFT goes on, and people are getting so tired, even a 'free' offer is distrusted. Does that tell you anything?
But oh, the valid and DOCUMENTED complaints get the reply, 'oh, you're just an MSFT hater!'  Or publicly accused of wearing a tinfoil hat.  Really?  It's an old adage that someone replies with an insult, only when he can't refute.
So a good EULA is key.  And it's not there.

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Setup a dual boot win7/xp both 32bit about a year ago and the system had been working fine. Used EasyBCD initially to configure.

Just very recently after powering up the system displays the loading operating system and it just hangs there. If I select to chose which device to use for boot from at start up, then the system would boot and load the booloader for me to chose between win7 or xp. It just got worse, that trick stopped working. So I tried to load the optimized defaults in bios and then safe defaults and it did not help. At this booted the system with win7 install disk and tried to do a repair system no go. Then I discovered by dum luck that if I have the install disk in system and when it's time to hit any key to boot from the disk I did not do anything then it would eventually revert to the bootloader dual setup for win7 or xp shows up again and I 'm able to boot into win7 but not XP.

Tried to use easybcd again but now I have two winxp options in the bootloader setup to chose from and only one works but it is an older install that is bear empty.

I'm not sure where the problem or problems exactly at.

Your input and help is appreciated

A:dual boot windows 7/xp problem developed after been working for a year

Try marking WIn7 partition Active first then run Startup Repair 3 Separate Times
with reboots in between each, to write or repair the System Boot files upon the WIn7 partition.

Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)

Once Win7 starts, install EasyBCD 2.02 to add XP, accept boot files, let it autocomplete drive letter, Save, Reboot to Dual Boot screen. If necessary remove an existing XP listing if it's failing to add it again using Easy.

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What's more, according to a blog post published Friday by researchers from antivirus provider F-Secure, the rogue exit node was tied to the "MiniDuke" gang, which previously infected government agencies and organizations in 23 countries with highly advanced malware that uses low-level code to stay hidden. MiniDuke was intriguing because it bore the hallmark of viruses first encountered in the mid-1990s, when shadowy groups such as 29A engineered innovative pieces of malware for fun and then documented them in an E-zine of the same name. Written in assembly language, most MiniDuke files were tiny. Their use of multiple levels of encryption and clever coding tricks made the malware hard to detect and difficult to reverse engineer. The code also contained references to Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy and alluded to 666, the "mark of the beast" discussed in the biblical Book of Revelation
For a year, gang operating rogue Tor node infected Windows executables
I never used TOR, For some reason I never trusted it.

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my mom has 6 years of photos on one of her 500GB HD's. She hates windows 7. Her latest complaint that I have not been able to figure out is folder sorting.

Mom has a folder called "camera dump" in the "my pictures" folder.
In the camera dump she has 6 years of folders containing photographs.

Currently windows 7 is sorting the left side screen like this:


The problem is mom wants them in proper chronological order.. In other words, all of 2011 in proper order Jan to Dec, and 2012 after that, and 2013 after that.

Can anyone tell me how to do that? Ive tried just about every sorting option I can find in windows 7.
I suggested to her that she use YEAR master folders, then put the months inside as sub folders.


A:How do I make windows 7 sort photo folders by year, month, date?

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hi,how to solve problem system information invalid or missing thank u for your help

A:system board invalid or invalid

It needs proprietary software run on it by HP or an authorized service provider.If it says "mpm 1 of X" during boot it's an easy job, but if it does not then it will require a special machine specific file from HP support to unlock it.

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You can cut and paste the questions below on your New Thread to easily give the answers:

Current Operating System, pre-install ? Do you have a single OS on your computer, are you planning on multi-booting with this installation? Single OS (XP Pro SP3), and yes I want to dual boot.
? Are you multi-booting now? Yes! For reasons I will explain under Current Hardware, at startup I get a prompt to choose from two versions of the same OS (both had been working).
Current Hardware ? How many internal hard drives (HD) are connected to your system? 3
? Are they IDE or SATA? 2 IDE (D: Maxtor 60, G: Maxtor 80) and 1 SATA (C: WD 300). C is a newer drive, used to be G when it was first installed. G used to C. WD had some type of program that could copy drives, so I copied the old C to the old G, that flipped their drive letters. Since then I get the aforementioned dual boot screen for two versions of the same OS.
? How many DVD drives are connected to your system? 2
? Are they IDE or SATA Drives? I assume IDE.
? Any external HDs used? No.
? Are they connected by USB or eSATA? N/A
? Check Disk Management for any HDs listed with a yellow triangle and explanation point? All 3 HDDs seem to be recognized before and after installation.
? Is this a New Clean HD? No.
? Have you pre-formatted the HD? No.
Windows 7 installation details ? Which build number and version of Windows 7 are you installing? Not sure on this one, just got the family 3 pack upgrade at Costco. 7 Home Premium?
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A:Invalid IP Config + Invalid BOOT.INI = HELP!!

Just bumping my own problem, begging for some help.

Seriously, I'll be home in and hour or two, but I have no 'net on my PC until I get this figured out.

I have read a few threads, got a couple of things to try (like getting rid of Bonjour and repairing the boot.ini file), was just hoping for a little more.

If I get to post, then it will be about the fix obviously!

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I am running into an issue with users renaming files on a shared drive. When the users try to rename, they get the error "A file name can't contain any of the following characters: \ / : * ? < > |". However, neither the new or old filename contains
any of these characters, or any other invalid characters as far as I can determine, just alphanumeric characters and spaces.When they try to rename it again, it works without an issue.
I have found reports of this error being generated if the file path is too long, but all users are accessing this from a shared drive, and even if the share name is taken into account the file path and name are easily under 100 characters.
I have 3 users on 3 different systems reporting this issue, so I don't think it is user error.
The workstations are running Windows 7 Pro, SP1. The server is Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise, Service Pack 2.
The users are located at a remote site, and accessing the share over a site to site VPN. There are XP workstations at the site as well, that do not appear to be having the issue.
Any help, suggestions, or guidance is greatly appreciated!

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I recently performed a system recovery because I was unable to back up to earlier time before we started having computer issues. Anyway I performed a recovery. Stumbled accross this by accident that windows has 3 days before it wall automatically activate. So I clicked activate. It gave me this message header. "The Windows Vista Home Premium product key you typed is invalid for windows activation". There are 3 options. 1 is to Buy a new product key online. 2 is to type a different product key. 3 is to contact Hewlett-Packard Company to resolve this issue. I contacted Hewlett-Packard Company and they had me call Microsoft. Microsoft wants to charge me $100 for something I already own. Very confused. Anyway does anyone have a fix for this. Thank you

A:Windows Vista Home Premium product key you typed is invalid for windows activation

You have two choices:
You may either reinstall using the recovery partition, if you have one.
You could look for the key on the computer. It can be anywhere, including the battery compartment, if you have a lappy.
As a last restort you can try to use magic jelly bean, but I have doubts since you reinstalled.
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder

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I have an ACER netbook that came with Win 7 -64 installed. I have no CD as it has no CD drive. It is updated regularly, and today says it is up to date.

In the last couple of days, I have been getting a pop-up that claims it is an invalid copy of windows, and Go on line to resolve.

It has been a valid copy for two years, so this sounds like an malware.


A:Invalid Windows?

Can you post a screenshot of the popup you are seeing?

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I posted already in the wrong section, sorry. Last week my Windows Vista (Home Premiun OEM) suddenly decide it was fake, and ordered me to authenticate. However, the necessary ID numbers were missing and after long discussions with MIcrosoft I gathered that something weird was going on. I then noticed that system restore and chdsk were both disabled. I could not run a windows reinstall or format the disk with dban as neither could find the c drive. Norton anti-virus refused to scan and then after a few days refused to update and then began to say the computer was at risk. I was also reciving a strange Windows error "The number of secrets in that may be stored in a single system has been exceeded" every time I tried to introduce the serial number into windows. I tried all the scanners and anti malwares I could find but nothing worked. Finally I tried Combofix (I know it's supposed to be dangerous but I was desperate) and it found rootkits (the name was long string of seemingly random characters beginning ovg....) and deleted them. Immediately, the machine went back to normal, windows authenticated and norton started working again. Unfortunately a few hours later the same Windows message appeared and windows is invalid again etc. I have checked the drive with WD tools, my Windows is authentic and I'm getting fairly desperate to fix this as I use my computer for a lot of things and I can't really send files or check private data knowing that the machi... Read more

A:Invalid Windows and more

Do you have a bunch of encrypted files?A Windows NT 4 and Windows 2000 error that occurs when more than 4096 files have been encrypted on the system. This is the full error message: 1381L ERROR_TOO_MANY_SECRETS The maximum number of secrets that can be stored in a single system was exceeded. The length and number of secrets is limited to satisfy the United States State Department export restrictions. Yet another wonderful case of the ever-helpful US government restricting the rights of users world-wide. In order to circumvent this, you need to have the domestic high encryption patch for Windows, which allows you to have more than 4096 encrypted files on the system.

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Hey all, new to the Forum here. I have this problem when trying to activate Windows 7 Pro. 64 Bit. I just reinstalled my OS and everything is running fast and smooth. Just having problems activating Windows....
I try to input the product key and get an invalid product key error. Now the only place I have the code written is on the actual CD i have for Windows, and that is just a burnt copy. The key and OS was from my old college I went to 3 or 4 years ago and it was legit. Everything was genuine and validated fine but now I am having problems.
Now is there a way to call up Microsoft and have them run my laptop hardware or something to show that this is the same laptop and same hardware i have been using for the past 4 years and have them get me an activation code????

I cant afford to buy a new copy for 300 bucks. Is there hope for me?

A:Invalid Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit

So I got off the phone with a microsoft phone guy and he ran the product key and told me it was a genuine copy of windows 7 pro... but couldnt understand buy my computer is giving me an error??

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Hi my dell 1750 is just under 2 years old and is now telling me my windows 7 is invalid.It was bought directly from dell with windows loaded.I cannot go online to diagnose the problem and my sec sweet is displaying at risk. Please help. Thankyou

A:Windows 7 is invalid

What happens when you try and activate it, the key should be on a sticker on the bottom of your laptop.

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I'm trying to organize my files and whenever I try to move, delete, or rename any files it won't let me. It says Invalid MS-DOS function.This became a problem after I got the ASUS webstorage device, but after this started happening I deleted the program off my computer. I can copy the files and paste them somewhere else but that's it. How do I get it to where I can start deleting, renaming, and moving my files again? I also have Windows 10.

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everytime I start my computer or try to open up something on my computer i get a pop up saying

the application or DLL C:\WINDOWS\system32\vavewoza.dll is not a valid windows image. please check this against your installation diskette
I've looked around and I know its malware, but I've ran scans and I'm not sure how to get rid of it. It doesn't seem to effect my computer much, but its rather annoying to constantly click ok. any help is much appreciated.
I believe I did the hijackthis log correctly, but I'm not very experienced with computers.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:26:50 AM, on 8/15/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Prevx\prevx.exe
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I turned on my laptop and it said my Windows product key was invalid i re-entered it but it will not work

any ideas?

A:Windows product key was invalid


You didn't give us much information about OS. Is it Windows retail? Where did you get a serial number? it looks like you enter a wrong serial (fake one)

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Can anyone help me with a message that keeps popping onto my screen that says that this copy of windows is invalid. I have gone to my security settings and checked that the copy I have is activated. Any clues?

A:This copy of windows is invalid

Please follow this tutorial and post the results so that we can help you better:

Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions

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I was installing windows 10 when the installation failed and when i went to try again it showed that my windows 7 product key is invalid.
(My pc is 100% genuine and i was installing from the windows updater)

A:windows 7 product key went invalid..

Check the date and time!
Also do a complete power off from the mains.

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After upgrading my home PC with a new motherboard and video card I am now getting an annoying activate windows notification in the bottom right corner of my screen. My original PC came with Windows 7, which I recently upgraded to Windows 10. Now when I follow their instructions on activating the OS with my new hardware I am receiving an error stating that my key is no longer valid. My question is, do I have to reinstall windows 7 using my old key, or is there away around this annoying issue? Thanks in advance!

A:New Motherboard Windows 10 Invalid?

Whenever you replace the motherboard you need to reactivate Windows. And Windows activation is tied to the motherboard it is installed so if you swapped it out it is no longer valid for the previously activated Windows 10. If the computer is a big brand system like an HP, Dell, Acer, etc and came with an OEM copy of Windows then that license is no longer valid to be used on a different manufacturer's motherboard and you are legally obligated to purchase a new copy of Windows that is not tied to the previous OEM. If you have a retail or custom built PC then you can reinstall Windows 7 and then get the update to qualify the new system for Windows 10. You can also try calling Microsoft activation and seeing it they will manually activate it, if the system had a retail copy of Windows or custom built by you or you are replacing the motherboard with an approved OEM motherboard because it failed then they may activate it.

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I did a quick search of the forum and I couldn't find anything in particular that helps me out - I'm not good with computers although I can follow the directions you give me.

If the computer is running for more than a few hours, I get a crippling error message that almost shuts down all function and requires a hard reboot. Webpages crash and the error message generally doesn't display graphics, although sometimes I am able to at least save whatever I'm working on in Word or Excel. I have managed to recover the error message at last:

The operation of DLL C:\Program Files\Symantec Shared\DefUtDCD.dll is not a valid Windows image. Please check this against your installation diskette.

Can anyone please help me out? Thank you!

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I have a Gateway FX6801-05 which originally had Wiindows Vista installed. I purchased a complete Windows 7 ultimate (not upgrade, not OEM) from eBay. I wiped the disk then installed and verified it without a hitch. Automatic updates has been working fine.

Yesterday I changed some things around on my motherboard. When I booted Windows 7 Ultimate, which has been installed on my computer for several years now, it reported that my copy of Windows was invalid. Apparently the motherboard remembered the OEM Vista product number. I tried reauthorization both on the web and by phone using my new product key of Windows 7. The phone reauthorization doesn't even allow me to talk with a support person.

Did I really buy an unauthorized Windows 7 ultimate, or is something weird going on here because VISTA OEM was originally installed on this computer?

A:Windows 7 Invalid After Motherboard Changes

phoning has always gone through to a tech who has given me a key to type in which resets it

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This is an ugly trend. tried installing java se 1.5.0 on a system, Win XP sp1. This I've been doing well but 4 dis system, it reports that the windows installer isn't valid.

I entered the application data folder 2 delete the .msi file and other data files hoping 2 resolve the problem but not making success. How may this b resolved?

A:invalid windows installer (JDK 1.5.0)

If this affecting every installer, most on-access virus scanners (like McAfee privacy control) corrupt those incoming files for some reason. Try temporarily disabling ANY anti virus/firewall. Also, try cleaning the internet files (like cookies etc) in internet explorer go to tools, internet options, and click delete files and clear cookies and caches, if its firefox, press ctrl+shift+delete, and tick all the boxes then clean. Try downloading once you done those 2 steps. If it doesn't solve ya problem, i'll try uploading a rar of the file and giving it to ya.

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I had my desk top setup in a location in my home where I networked it through a d-link wireless adaptor to my Airlink 101 router. No problem with my network connection.

I have now moved the pc to its permanent location next to the router. I plugged in my cat5 network cable and got nothing. No connection to the router with this msg, invalid ip address.

When I do and ipconfig, i get the following readings:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Steve-VideoInte
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 PCI-E Ethern
et Controller
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 90-E6-BA-7B-A0-65
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::78bb:b351:77f8:6aa0%11(Preferred)
Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address. . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 244377274
DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-12-C3-4B-9C-90-E6-BA-7B-A0-65

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A:windows 7 invalid ip address

Welcome to the forum iptvsteve,

You are showing no default gateway which needs to say 192.168.x.x depending on your router the xx will be different. Usually just resetting the router by holding down the reset button for 15 seconds while powered on will get your default gateway back up again.

If that doesn't work then performing a reset starting from the modem is usually the best way to get your default gateway back again. Just unplug the power from both your modem and router and wait a few minutes, you might have a reset button on your modem for this also.

Power up the modem and wait till the lights stop blinking, plug in the eithernet cable to the router then power up the router and wait till the lights are on steady, it may help to go through the set up routine for your particular router.

If you do it correctly you will see your default gateway appear again when you do an ipconfig and you should be able to get back online. You may need to restart your machine also.

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I purchased two full Windows 8 Pro  Nov 2012 MS Store digital delivery but never installed due to negative issues from users. Now installing in new system results in Product Key failure. Key double checked with original order. I ran a key recovery
utility and it came up with a different Product Key which also failed. Other than that, OS appears to function properly. Suggestions to resolve invalid key?

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Hi Rob
I bought a windows 8.0 pro which I upgraded to 8.1 and then to windows 10.
Several days later my computer crashed. My hard disk was damaged. I bought a new HD, and the service guy told me he installed my 8 again and then migrated to windows 10. However, windows 10 keeps telling me that I cannot activate. The computer is the same, so is the motherboard. The new Hd is placed in port zero precisely as the last one. I've called Microsoft and the attendant went through a complex procedure. She told me to run "slui 4". I huge number came up and she said that the number was recognized. So I had to run slui 3 and insert my original 8.0 pro product key. I did it. She told me that it matched. So everything was okay.
However. it came up an error message. She could not tell me why.
So here I am with the activate windows message and I don't know what to do. Have I called the wrong number?
I copied the number that came up when I ran "slui 4". I think it must be a confidential number, but it is definitely the result of a check that Windows did in my system. Any idea? Thanks

A:New Motherboard Windows 10 Invalid?

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I keep getting a box that says my copy of windows xp is invalid. Is this some sort of cookie?

A:invalid copy of windows xp

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Whenever my Dad's computer turns on, it shows only the desktop image and the message:

"The application or DLL C:\WINDOWS\System32\Browseui.dll is not a vilid Windows image. Please check this against you installation diskette."

I don't think there is an installation diskette. It's an HP and just has the HP restore disk of Win XP Home. I also have a regular Microsoft installation disk for Pro.

I can access the task manager, but I can't start new tasks; I just get the same message again. I also can't shut id down, restart it, or sign off the account. It will, however, still act as the printer server.



PS: If there is no other solution, could I remove his HDD, put it in my computer, and transfer my version of that file over to him?

A:Invalid Windows Image

I googled this and came up with a fair number of free on line repairs, here's the first one that I came to.

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I just reformated the hardrive on my home computer. When I go to install Windows XP Home Edition, when I type in the product key it tells me the product key is invalid. I know the product key is not invalid! It just won?t work, know matter what I do.

A:Invalid Product Key for Windows XP...but it's not!

if the key you are typing in comes from the packaging of the cd you are using, then it should be working fine.

is it possible you accidentally grabbed the jewel case for someone else's xp cd, and they have yours?

i am assuming this is an original, so you shouldn't be having trouble reading it, so we'll rule that one out...

if it's a copy, then you should know better than to ask on a microsoft partner site.

otherwise, if this is an original xp cd, and you have the correct packaging for it, then there literally is no reason the key wouldn't work, unless you typed it in wrong.

you will probably have to call microsoft, and talk to them about buying a new key.

i wish there was more i could say about it, but we don't have any way of helping you get a new key, and we don't have any way of helping you bypass the key.

on the other hand, if you are holding a 100% genuine xp cd, and it's in it's original case, and the key written on it doesn't work, you might be able to send it to microsoft for a replacement.

it makes me wonder greatly how in the world you installed it last time.

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Hey guys, im trying to install a copy of Windows 7 Professional x64, obtained through my university's MSDNAA program, on my desktop. Through research, and another thread on this forum i have attempted to make a USB disk to load the .iso onto the desktop, however when moving the files from the iso onto the flash disk it returns the error "Invalid MS-DOS Function" when trying to copy/move the install.wim, install_Windows7 PROFESSIONAL.clg, as well as the other .clg files. What can I do to remedy this issue and get this thing to install?

The computer im attempting to do this on is my Windows 7Pro x86 laptop.

A:Windows 7 invalid MS-DOS function

Did you read this tutorial ?

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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I am trying to Reinstall Windows to fix some file corruption, before the install can finish i get a fatal error.

Invalid signature for windows xp error code 246 or 242.

I cant seem to find much info regarding this error.

Any help and advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

A:Invalid signature for Windows xp

Maybe this is useless but here is a link:
Error messages appear during upgrade from Windows Me or Windows 98 to Windows XP


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i got this error msg whenever i try to open this game file. it says " the application or DLL filename\xlive.dll is not a valid Windows image.Please check this against your installion diskette."
pls help me out.

A:invalid windows image

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I have a copy of Microsoft XP but am having problems with an invalid key message when installing it. I have had it for many years and have installed in numerous times when upgrading hard drives or when something disastrous happens and the key has always worked fine.

I upgraded my PC and the new one has Windows 7. The other day a friend gave me a laptop that originally had Vista on it but she can't find the Vista disks and I would prefer not using Vista anyways. The hard drive had died in it so decided to put in a new hard drive and install the Windows XP I have as it was no longer being used since my new computer has Windows 7.

It only gets a little ways into it and I get a BOD so I did a search for the error and found that I needed to slipstream SP2 into the disk so followed the driections and made a bootable disk with SP2 included. All went fine until I got to the part where you have to enter your key and I keep getting invalid key when I know it has worked in the past. I thought I would try my wifes key as it came preloaded with Windows XP however get the same invalid key message using that key, which may be possible since it is not that Windows XP I am installing.

I am not sure what else to try and would appreciate any help or suggestions.

Thank you

A:[SOLVED] Invalid Windows Key

Hi jackdup,

Have you ever tried calling MS Support about issues with your Windows XP key?

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