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Norton Ghost 15 to copy to new SSD for Windows 7 got This Copy of Windows is not Genuine - Solved

As stated in the title, I Used Norton Ghost 15 to copy to new SSD for Windows 7 got blue screen saying Windows not Genuine.

I did have both partitions copyed, the hidden 100mb partition and the C drive, but the drive letters were wrong, the hidden 100mb partition got the C drive letter and the C drive got a drive letter of K.

How I solved it:

Boot into safe mode, you get a black screen, hit ctrl-alt-delete and you get task manager. Run regedit as an admistratior.. go into 

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices. Scroll down to \DosDevices\C: and you will see all your mounted drive letters starting with \DosDevices\C:,  \DosDevices\D:,  \DosDevices\E: etc. You cannot edit the value, but you can delete them.

Highlight all of them and delete them. You can export them to a registry file before you delete if you are not comfortable which can be restored, but not necessary though.  Then reboot windows 7. It well correctly regenerate drive letters for most drives, including the all important C drive.

Windows 7 will reboot with a black windows is not genuine screen, but will then go to your welcome screen and your desktop.

You can change any incorrect drive letters at this point using Windows disk management. One more caveat, if you get a missing bootmgr screen you can use system repair from your windows 7 cd to correct that.  I hope this helps people. I would also suggest deleting the drive letter which will be  assigned to the 100 mb hidden partition which you can do in disk management.

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Re: Norton Ghost 15 to copy to new SSD for Windows 7 got This Copy of Windows is not Genuine - Solved

It sounds like you formatted the SSD and let it take a drive letter before you did the copy or booted with the old drive connected for the 1st boot off the SSD. Most important thing to remember about cloning a drive is to not let it take a drive letter before booting by itself. This can also get hosed up if you boot the PC with the old drive conected the first time it is boot off of the SSD or cloned drive. You could have also deleted the mounted devices registry key drom the SRD.

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost 15 to copy to new SSD for Windows 7 got This Copy of Windows is not Genuine - Solved

Lblock,

Do you understand which cloning errors you made? To help you and others not make those mistakes next time.

Good fix by the way.

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost 15 to copy to new SSD for Windows 7 got This Copy of Windows is not Genuine - Solved

Yeah.what happened was I first did a Norton ghost copy to a new ssd without realizing about the 100 mb hidden partition, then it would not boot unless I used the new drive on a USB adapter and kept the old drive in the computer. Then I got a another new SSD, installed windows 7 fresh into the new ssd to create the 100mb partition, then used ghost to copy over the C drive.got "Windows is not genuine blue screen. I then booted into safe mode, used explorer under administrative privileges and noticed the hidden drive took on letter C and the C drive became the D drive. That is when I did some research and wound up deleting the mounted drives in safe mode using regedit with administrative privileges and solved the problem.

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost 15 to copy to new SSD for Windows 7 got This Copy of Windows is not Genuine - Solved

You could delete the Mounted Devices key, then use BCDBOOT from the command prompt to build the boot files on the SSD. Look at THIS POST about halfway down. Note that if you have a 64-bit OS, you need a 64-bit recovery environment. or execute the command from the Windows DVD instaed of the C: drive.

In other words the command would be...

X:\Windows\System32\BCDBOOT C:\Windows

This is assuming the SSD was assigned the letter C in Windows PE.
Note that the SSD must be the active partition. I would disconect all other drives to do this.

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost 15 to copy to new SSD for Windows 7 got This Copy of Windows is not Genuine - Solved

Lblock, which cloning rule did you break? That's how you get drive letter issues.

http://www.goodells.net/multiboot/partsigs.shtml

First, second or both? The rules apply to Win7 and 8 as well as WinXP.

Kudos0

Re: Norton Ghost 15 to copy to new SSD for Windows 7 got This Copy of Windows is not Genuine - Solved

At last, a SOLUTION that works!!!!  This works for an HDD as well.  I had to upgrade my hard drive due to capacity issues.  I installed a Western Digital 500GB hard drive in my system and Ghosted my C: Drive to it.  All worked well except when the system rebooted to a blue screen telling me that my copy of windows was not genuine.  I tried everything to get the system to reconize the new drive to no avail.  Then I found Lblock's solution for his SSD and thought I would give it a try.  I did not have a hidden partition on my old drive to contend with so that was not an issue.

I followed Lblock's advise and my system came up and running with it's new hard drive as the C: drive.

 "Boot into safe mode, you get a black screen, hit ctrl-alt-delete and you get task manager. Run regedit as an admistratior.. go into Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices. Scroll down to \DosDevices\C: and you will see all your mounted drive letters starting with \DosDevices\C:,  \DosDevices\D:,  \DosDevices\E: etc. Highlight all of them and delete them. Then reboot windows 7. It well correctly regenerate drive letters for most drives, including the all important C drive."

WHAT A RELIEF!!!!

Thanks man, I owe you one!!!!  I was starting to run out of hair to pull.

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Re: Norton Ghost 15 to copy to new SSD for Windows 7 got This Copy of Windows is not Genuine - Solved

Not obeying the cloning rules produces the drive letter issue. It isn't Ghost's fault. To put everything in the one thread, here are fixes I've posted in the past....

Using BIBM

your BootIt CD boots to the Work with Partitions window
in the Drives field, make sure it is 0 - BIOS HD
click the "View MBR" button.
click the "Clear Sig" button. Then click OK on the Notice
click the "Apply" button.
click the "View MBR" button again and confirm the number in the left bottom corner is 0x00000000
click Cancel
click Close on the "Work with Partitions" window

Next, you have to do a BCD Edit.

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/kb/article.php?id=492

Using TBOSDT


TBOSDT
OPEN FS 1: 1 0x01
OPEN REG 2 1:WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
OPEN KEY 3 "" 2
LIST KEYS 3                            
DEL KEY 3 MountedDevices
LIST KEYS 3                             
CLOSE KEY 3  
CLOSE REG 2  
CLOSE FS 1:
EXIT

From Safe Mode

Boot into Safe Mode
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del when you see "Preparing your Desktop"
Click Start Task Manager
Applications tab, New task
Type "regedit" (without the "") and put a tick in Create this task with administrative privileges.
OK
Locate the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices
Select all values in the right hand pane and press Delete on the keyboard
Yes
Close Registry Editor and Windows Task Manager
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del
Click Shutdown
Power on and boot into Win7

From a Win7 disk


Boot from the Win7 disk
At the "Install Windows" screen press SHIFT F10 to get a command window
Type "regedit" (without the "") and press Enter
Click to Select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Click File, Load Hive
Click the drop down arrow in "Look in"
Browse to C:\Windows\System32\config
Select SYSTEM and click Open
In Key Name type "letter"
OK
Click the + next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE in the left pane
Click the + next to "letter" in the left pane
Select MountedDevices in the "letter" group
Select all values in the right hand pane and press Delete on the keyboard
Yes
Select "letter" in the left hand pane
Click File, Unload Hive
Yes
Close Registry Editor and the Command Window
Close the "Install Windows" screen
Yes
Remove the Win7 disk and boot into Win7 which will assign drive letters.

For a non C: drive OS (deleting MountedDevices will not work)


Works for a non C: drive OS that fails to load
Boot into Safe Mode (doesn't work from main installed Win7)
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del when you see "Preparing your Desktop"
Click Start Task Manager
Applications tab, New task
Type "cmd" (without the "") and put a tick in Create this task with administrative privileges.
OK
You will see your incorrect drive letter. eg H:\Windows\system 32
Type "regedit" (without the "") and press Enter
OK
Locate the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices
In the right hand pane select "\DosDevices\H:" (or whatever incorrect drive letter you have noted)
Right-click \DosDevices\H: and then click Rename
Rename it to \DosDevices\E:   (basically change H to E, assuming your OS should have been E:)
Close Registry Editor, the Command Window and Windows Task Manager
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del
Click Shutdown
Power on and boot into Win7

Using setwindl.tbs script

 

Directly change the drive letter to C: or whatever letter it should be.

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