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Posted on 2010-09-15
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My hard drive in a HP Z400 Workstation with Windows 7 32-bit failed after only 9 months. HP sent me a new Hard Drive. I used Norton Ghost 15 to ghost my old hard drive to the new hard drive.

Now, when I boot my computer with the new hard drive, I get a message after logging in stating that Windows is not Genuine and I am not able to do anything.

I have tons of programming software installed on the old drive and don't want to have to restore using the Windows DVDs that came with the Workstation.

Is there any think else I can do?
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Question by:yonbret
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by:awawada
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How to Activate Windows 7:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/activate-windows-7-on-this-computer

I would recommend activateing using the telephone in this case.
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by:Mike Thomas
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Activate using the telephone as suggest or you may have the option to "use the existing KEY", I have 2 identical levono laptops and I swapped the HD's over 2 days ago and had to do the same thing, one was a telephone activation, the second allowed me to use the existing key, both worked fine.
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None of the above worked because I was at a blue screen stating Windows was not genuine. I could do nothing on the machine.

I found this article: http://www.sevenforums.com/windows-updates-activation/75746-copy-windows-not-genuine-fix.html

I followed the steps and it worked perfectly.
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by:awawada
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You didn't tell us about a bluescreen... Nice too hear that you fixed it!
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