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17-Jul-2012, 12:05 AM #1
Solved: New SSD, Strange Boot error, Windows suddenly Not Genuine. (It is.)
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This weekend, I bought and installed a new SSD into my computer. I re-installed my Windows 7 (Home Premium x64 OEM) onto it, (fresh install, no migrate) and immediately formatted my mechanical HDD.

I went into my BIOS and changed boot priority. (I set it to CD first, because I was re-installing from the disc, followed by my SSD.) I changed BIOS Drive positions, with my SSD as #1 and HDD as #2.

On my Mobo, my SSD is plugged into SATA3 Port #1. My HDD is plugged into SATA2 Port #1.

As soon as I got Windows installed, I started re-installing programs, setting up my admin account, and generally resetting my system, theme, Rainmeter, etc. Then I started getting messages that I wasn’t running Genuine Windows. I clicked the “Resolve Online” button, and downloaded the authenticator software, which told me I needed to buy a copy of Windows.
This irritated me, because I am running a key I bought legitimately, and I have the packaging and CoA.
I called Tech Support. I spoke with a very helpful gentleman. He checked out my product key. He had me activate my product, which I hadn’t done on my new install yet, and I got a “Genuine” tag to appear under the Windows Experience Rating in ‘My Computer>Properties’. He said I was good to go.

Now, 48hrs later, I’m getting the "Not Genuine" message again. I have a screenshot of Windows claiming to be Genuine and Not Genuine at the same time. (See Attached photo.) I have installed a lot of updates since my re-install, so I do seem to be getting those.

So, although I formatted the original Mechanical HDD, I have to assume there are some residual Windows files still on it, (but I'm not finding any) because apparently Windows thinks it’s running on two machines now, I assume. I’m also getting a strange message in my Boot process, which asks me if I want to Boot into Windows 7, or into Windows 7. A 30sec timer then appears and chooses the highlighted option, and continues to boot normally.

This computer is custom built, and I purchased an OEM version of windows separately from the builder - legit, physical packaging - and I opened the packaging and installed it myself about a year ago. It has been fine until I installed the new drive this weekend.

I appreciate any help and insight someone can provide.

Thanks in advance.
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17-Jul-2012, 11:45 AM #2
formatted the original Mechanical HDD
Including the little (~100 MB) System partition with the Master Boot Record? If not, I'm guessing that when you re-installed Windows 7 it simply added the new installation to the MBR w/o caring whether the original installation really still existed.

I've gotten that "not genuine" message a couple times after an update, but the online resolution has always worked for me. You have tried that again, right?
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17-Jul-2012, 07:51 PM #3
I would disconnect the 1TB drive and see if the SSD alone can boot into 7.

If it can't I would do a clean install, meaning format the SSD at the start of the install, with just the SSD connected.

That will guarantee all the OS stuff is on the SSD.
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17-Jul-2012, 08:10 PM #4
OK - I think I have it now.
I used EasyBSD to delete the 2nd windows Boot. That solved the Boot error.
I deleted the System Reserved partition on the HDD using Partition Wizard, and I'm resetting my partitions on that drive and wiping free space, that should fix the WGA problem. I'll run the authentication software again after that's finished.
I assume that will solve the problem.

Thanks for the help everyone. marking as solved.

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