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Windows 7 Windows Vista

Fix : Windows 7 Installation Stop error 0x80FE0000 | 0x80FF0000

This post will help you Fix Windows 7 Installation Stop error / BSOD 0x80FE0000 | 0x80FF0000. Below are the steps to fix blue screen error 0x80FF0000 | 0x80FE0000 while installing Windows 7 | Vista with a message Could not set the offline locale information

You might get this blue screen error for some of the possible reasons listed below :

  • Corrupted Hard Disk Drive with possible bad sectors
  • Windows Installation Disk problem
  • BIOS setting problem
  • You tried Installing Windows in a Logical Drive instead of Primary partition

Before you continue reading this post, I suggest you read this article to know more about blue screen errors and possible steps to resolve them.

Below are a few different methods to fix this stop error:

Method 1 : Windows Installation Disk problem

  • If you are installing Windows Vista | 7 from a DVD, make sure that your DVD is not scratched or has any visible signs of damage
  • If you have an ISO file ( Disc Image ), you can use it to make a Installation USB drive to Install Windows
  • For How to make a USB installation drive Follow this link
  • After creating the USB Installation, try to install Windows again
  • If you still face an issue, go down to Method 2

Method 2 : Check your Hard Disk Drive ( hdd ) for errors

  • Boot from Windows 7 | Vista Installation DVD / USB
  • Press Shift + F10
  • or,
  • Click on Repair your computer
  • Click Next
  • Click on Command Prompt
  • Now, if this your hard disk has multiple partitions, go to the partition you are trying to install Windows in.

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  • now, type chkdsk x:/f    –    ( X being your drive letter, example : C: , D: )

Method 3 : Making Sure that you are not Installing Windows to a Logical Drive

  • Follow method 2 to open command prompt
  • In Command Prompt, type diskpart and press enter
  • Type List Disk (note down your disk number in case you have multiple hard disk drives installed in your PC )
  • Type Select Disk 0 (Replace 0 with the number of your drive. Example : Disk 0, Disk 1, Disk 2 )
  • Type List Partition
  • This should list all the partitions on your hard disk drive
  • Just make sure that the partition you are trying to install Windows on is not a Logical Drive (It must be a primary partition )

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Method 4 : Cleaning Your partition | DATA Backup Must before continuing

Note : This method will clean all partitions on your hard disk. Before continuing, make sure you backup your data.

  • Follow Method 2 to open command prompt
  • Type Diskpart and press enter
  • Type List Disk (note down your disk number in case you have multiple hard disk drives installed in your PC )
  • Type Select Disk 0 (Replace 0 with the number of your drive. Example : Disk 0, Disk 1, Disk 2 )
  • Type Clean ( This will delete all partitions on your drive )
  • Now, type create partition primary & press Enter
  • Type format fs=ntfs
  • Note: This is a full format and will take some time to complete depending on the size of your disk

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  • After the format is complete, try installing Windows again

Method 5 : Check BIOS settings

  • Boot into the BIOS ( press DEL, F2, F10 ) ( refer your system documentation for details )
  • Locate options saying SATA Mode & set it to AHCI
  • Remember, The option to change the SATA type might vary depending on your BIOS make and system model. You just have to set the drive to AHCI, if available.

 

If you still face an issue, please use the comment section to post your problem & I will try to help you

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Windows 7 Windows Vista

Fix : Stop error / BSOD 0x0000009F | 0x000000FE Windows 7, Vista (AMD specific)

This post helps in fixing a AMD chipset based issue in Windows 7 or Windows Vista with stop error ( blue screen ) 0x0000009F or 0x000000FE. Both these error codes can be associated with some other problems too. But this problem being AMD chipset or specifically with some AMD EHCI drivers, that when put on standby or left Idle can crash your system with error codes mentioned above.

There are two very simple methods to fix this issue:

Method 1 : Microsoft Fixit ( Automated Fix )

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  • Click on the picture above to open the Fix it link
  • Download the fix and run it
  • Restart your Computer

 

Method 2 : Turning off some power management features

  • Go to the start menu ( you can also use Run ( windows logo key + R )
  • type in devmgmt.msc & press enter
  • This will open device manager

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  • Now, expand the section that says Universal Serial Bus Controllers
  • Right Click USB root hub
  • Click on properties
  • Click on power management tab
  • uncheck Allow the Computer to turn off this device to save power
  • Press Ok

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  • Restart your computer
  • Check your system for problem
  • If you still face a problem, please use the comment section and I will try to help you
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Windows 7 Windows 8

Fix : Stop 0x0000009F: Driver power state failure in Windows 8 | 7

This post will help you fix stop error : Driver_power_state_failure in Windows 8 | 7. This particular Blue screen error is also known with a bug check code 9for 0x0000009f, below are the steps to fix it. The most common cause of this error is out of date driver software of your installed hardware. Another cause is out of date BIOS or a recent change in hardware | Software. DRIVER_STATE_POWER_FAILURE is a blue screen error that occurs when there is a change in power state, i.e. when you shutdown, restart or put your computer to sleep, hibernation etc. So, while this process is running all of the hardware installed in your computer are directed to change their power state to lose power ( to shutdown ), but when there is a fault in a particular device driver, the corresponding device does not respond as Windows wants it to and hence you face this STOP error.

Here are a few ways that you can fix this BSOD:

Method 1 : Updating Driver Software

  • Go to Windows update ( type Update in start screen or Start menu )
  • Open the Update application
  • Now, Click on check for updates

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  • Click on optional updates section & select any and all hardware device driver updates

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  • After the installation is complete, restart your computer.

Alternatively,

  • You can go to your Motherboard / System / Independent Hardware manufacturer’s support website
  • Search for any driver updates that they might be offering and install them.

 

Method 2 : Using Driver Verifier

Before starting this procedure, it is recommended that you create a system restore point, so that you can fall back on it if something goes wrong.

This process will help you pin point the exact driver that might be causing this blue screen error. Remember, if the Driver verifier find an issue your computer might throw a BSOD again. That is why we made a system restore point, so that we can simply run system repair and get the computer to it’s previous state.

  • Go to the start menu ( Windows 7 ) & Start screen ( Windows 8)
  • Type Verifier and press Enter
  • Click on Create custom settings (for code developers)
  • Click Next
  • Select individual settings from a full list
  • Next
  • Check these boxes from the list
    • Special Pool
    • Pool Tracking
    • Force IRQL Checking
    • Deadlock Detection
    • Security Checks (Windows 7)
    • Concurrency Stress Test (Windows 8)
    • DDI compliance checking (Windows 8)
    • Miscellaneous Checks
  • Click on Select driver names from a list
  • Click on Provider tab.
  • Check every driver that is not by Microsoft
  • Click on Finish
  • Restart your computer
  • It is highly recommended that you run this verifier for at least 24-36 hours

For more information on Driver Verifier you can look at this support article by Microsoft

 

Method 3 : Updating BIOS

Updating your Computer’s BIOS is a critical process and need a fair bit of understanding on your part. It is always recommended that your only update your BIOS if highly necessary. Over the years motherboard / Computer manufacturers have made it easier for any user to update the BIOS, but still, it is a difficult process and if not done correctly, can brick your system and make it unusable. So, if you choose to update your BIOS, please do it at your own risk.

  • To Update your BIOS
  • Go to your Motherboard / Computer Manufacturer’s support website
  • Carefully locate your Motherboard / Computer make model and ver. and when 100% sure that you are at the right place, download the latest BIOS files
  • Carefully read the documentation associated / provided by the manufacturer on how to update BIOS
  • Before updating your BIOS, make sure that your computer, if a laptop / portable computer is at least 75% charged and if its a desktop computer, make sure that you have a stable backup power supply in case of a power loss.
  • Use the updater / or the software / options provided by your Motherboard / Computer manufacturer

 

If you still face an issue, please write to us using the comments section.

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Windows 7 Windows Vista

Fix : Stop error 0x0000010e / 0x000000C1 BSOD in Windows 7, Vista

This post will help you fix an issue with your Windows 7 or Windows Vista computer, where you receive a blue screen error 0x0000010E or 0x000000C1. Both these errors might display some other parameters along with them. A sample error message would look like :

Stop 0x0000010E(xxxxxx, xxxxxx, xxxxxx, xxxxxx)
VIDEO_MEMORY_MANAGEMENT_INTERNAL

or

Stop 0x000000C1 (xxxxx,xxxxx,xxxxx,xxxxx)
SPECIAL_POOL_DETECTED_MEMORY_CORRUPTION

The earlier one most common to Windows 7 and the later one to Windows Vista. Both of these error can be caused by quite a few reasons, but the most common ones and their solutions are listed below, so, Fix : Stop error 0x0000010e / 0x000000C1 BSOD in Windows 7, Vista

Method 1 : Display Adapter / Video driver issue

This Problem is most common with computers that have hybrid display engine ( using two graphic cards in a heterogeneous GPU configuration ) mixing on-board and dedicated card for power saving and performance, accordingly.

  • Download the latest display adapter drivers from your computer / motherboard / graphic adapter manufacturer’s support website.
  • If your computer uses a hybrid display configuration, make sure you download both the display adapter’s drivers.
  • Go to Control Panel
  • Select Classic / Small icons / large icons from the view by menu on the top right corner
  • Locate and open Programs and features
  • Locate your display adapter drivers ( some example include AMD Catalyst Control Centre, NVidia Control Panel)
  • Uninstall the drivers there (If you are not sure of what you are doing, please do not do it, instead contact a professional to help you out )
  • Now, Also look for other display adapter drivers ( Example : Intel, SIS, Via )
  • Uninstall them as well.
  • Restart your computer
  • Now, Install the driver(s) that your downloaded.

Method 2 : Hotfix by Microsoft

New : Hotfix by Microsoft ( Windows 7 )

Microsoft has released a hotfix to fix this particular issue. Please download and install the same using this link

Hotfix by Microsoft ( Windows Vista )

Microsoft has released a hotfix for this issue with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Use this link to download and install the hotfix

 

Method 3 : Upgrading Memory

This issue can also occur in situations where you are rendering memory intensive tasks and your system has low memory configuration to meet the demand. In this situation, upgrading your memory is a good way to retain system stability.

Check your memory for errors

  • Go to the start menu
  • Type Memory diagnostic
  • Run the tool
  • It will check your RAM for errors next time you restart / start your computer and display a detailed report once you login
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Windows 7 Windows 8

Fix : Open with submenu missing from Right Click options in Windows 7 , 8

After reading this post, you will be able to fix an issue with your Windows computer, where when you right click on a file, the “Open with” sub menu is missing. This can happen dues a malfunction in Windows Registry settings, or due to a security program restricting your file opening permissions. It can also happen due to some corruption in system files.

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Below are a few methods that should help you out:

Method 1 : Adding Registry Values

  • Click here to download a registry patch that will enable your Open with submenu.
  • After downloading, Extract the file
  • Right Click the file and click on Merge
  • Make sure you are logged in as administrator

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Method 2 : Using System Repair Options

  • System Restore : Click here for Guide on using System Restore
    System Restore will restore you computer to an earlier time. You can choose the restore point from the available checkpoints. Just make sure you select the date on which the problem was not there.

Alternatively,

  • You can run System File Checker
  • Go to Start menu and type CMD
    Right Click
    & click on Run as Administrator ( Windows  7 )
  • Press Windows Logo Key + X
  • Click on Command Prompt (Admin) ( Windows 8 )
  • Type SFC /SCANNOW
  • Press Enter
  • Let the process finish. This process will check for faulty system files and replace them if necessary

Method 3 : Checking Security programs

  • If you are in a Domain or Workgroup in a corporate environment, it is suggested that you first check with your system administrator and make sure that the open with submenu is not locked out by a security software
  • Make sure you are logged in as Administrator
  • Disable your security software and restart your computer to check if the Open with submenu appears.
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Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows Vista Windows XP

Fix : Folders / Explorer going transparent while dragging in Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP

This post will help you fix an issue with your Windows based Computer, where, when you try to resize your folder view or even your Internet browser, the contents of that Window fade or let’s say turn translucent / transparent. Show Window Content while dragging, is a feature within Windows operating system that you can turn on or Off. But this particular problem can also occur due to some other reasons as well. Below are some of the possible solutions for this problem.

Troubleshoot Method 1 : Check Windows Settings

  • Go to Control Panel
  • Click on Small icons ( top right corner ) ( to enable All control panel items )
  • Now, Click on Performance Information and tools
  • Click on Adjust Visual Effects

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  • Now, Make sure that “Show Window Content While Dragging is checked”
  • If it’s already checked, just Uncheck it.
  • Click on Apply
  • and now, recheck the checkbox to re-enable the feature.
  • Click Apply and OK

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If this does not solve your problem try:

Troubleshoot Method 2 : Checking nVidia Options

(Applies to nVidia Display card users only )

  • Right Click on desktop
  • Click on nVidia Control Panel

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  • Now, Make sure that the options as shown in the screenshot below is set to “Let the 3D application decide”

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  • Now,
  • From the pane on the left hand side select Adjust Desktop size and position
  • Make sure, Enable Desktop resizing checkbox in unchecked.

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Troubleshoot Method 3 : Updating the Device Drivers

  • First, Find out what Make and model your display /graphic card is.
  • The most common ones are : Intel, nVidia and AMD ( ATI )
  • You can refer your computer documentation or check the manufacturer’s support website to confirm your display card
  • You can also check device manager ( control panel ) to check what Display adapter you have.

Now,

  • To update the device drivers you can either :
  • Go to the support website of your computer / display card / motherboard manufacturer and download / Install the drivers from there
  • OR
  • Go to Device Manager
  • Expand Display Adapters
  • Right Click the Adapter listed there & click on update driver ( make sure you are connected to Internet )
  • Select Automatic method
  • OR
  • Run Windows Update and install all the recommended and optional updates
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Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP

Fix : Stop error 0x00000050 PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA in Windows 7 , Vista and XP

This post will help you fix an issue with your Windows PC where you get a Blue screen error / BSOD / Stop error with error code 0x00000050 (PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA ). Now, there are quite a few explanations to this error type. This error might occur after you update your computer, or might occur when you install or update an antivirus/security program. Problems with display driver or a third-party search tool can also throw this error.

Below are a few methods to fix this type of error:

Method 1

  • If you have just installed an antivirus / security program
  • or
  • You have just updated it and you got a Blue screen error
  • The first thing to do is :
  • Start your computer in Safe Mode ( press F8 at system startup, just after BIOS post display, and select safe mode)
  • Now, keeping your activation information of your Antivirus / security program, simply uninstall the software by going to Control Panel –> ADD or Remove programs ( Windows XP ) or Programs and features ( Windows Vista, 7 )
  • Restart your computer to make sure that Windows starts up normally.
  • Go to Windows Update ( Control Panel )
  • After the computer has been successfully updated,
  • Restart your computer
  • Install the Antivirus / Security program again.

A hotfix from Microsoft is available : KB976527

 

Method 2 : Updating the Display Adapter Drivers

  • Follow the steps mentioned above to boot into Safe Mode
  • Now, go to Device Manager ( Control Panel )
  • Expand the Display Adapters section

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  • Right Click the listed device
  • Click on uninstall.
  • Restart your computer again in Safe Mode.
  • Go to Device Manager and click on the Scan for hardware changes button

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  • The Display driver will install automatically
  • Restart your computer in normal mode
  • Connect to the internet and download / Install the latest available Display drivers from your motherboard manufacturer / System / Graphic Card Manufacturer’s support website.

 

Method 3 : Hotfix for another issue with same error mode from Microsoft

  • Follow KB951418
  • Use the download option in there to download and install the hotfix
  • You should try this hotfix after reading the cause section within the KB article from Microsoft.

 

Method 4 : Checking for Faulty RAM modules ( Memory )

  • If you are using Windows 7 or Vista, checking memory is quite easy
  • Just Boot from the Windows Installation CD / DVD
  • After the boot process completes
  • Click on Repair your computer
  • Now, Within the options listed
  • Click on Windows memory Diagnostics
  • This process will run for a while and will check if there is a problem in the installed RAM modules in your system.
  • If a problem is detected, you should change the module to solve the problem

Method 5 : Updating the BIOS

Note: Updating the BIOS is a risky procedure, that, if not done correctly could harm your computer hardware. SO, DO this at your own risk. I shall not be liable for any damage to your computer by following the process mentioned below:

  • Go to your system /Motherboard manufacturer’s support website
  • Note down the exact model no. /Version no. / service tag or other necessary information that might be needed to pinpoint the exact BIOS for your system
  • Download the latest BIOS and follow the instructions mentioned on your manufacturer’s support website for Updating the BIOS.
  • Note: Read every safety precaution and steps mentioned in the manufacturer’s support website while updating the BIOS
  • Also, Make sure that do not restart your computer in the middle of the updating procedure, even if, some for time the process might look hanged. Let it run and complete on it’s own. If it’s a desktop computer, make sure it has got a adequate backup power supply, in case the power runs out.

 

Please use the comment section to report any problems that you might face, I will try my best to help out.

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Windows 7

Fix : Stop Error 0x0000006B Process1_initialization_failed BSOD in Windows 7

This post will help you fix an issue with your Windows 7 computer, where your computer might not start up and crash before the login window appears. You might also get a blue screen error with the error code 0x0000006B. The whole error code would be something like this:

STOP: 0x0000006B ( parameter1, 2, 3, 4 )
Process1_INITIALIZATION_FAILED

According to Microsoft KB article 981933 this error is caused by a corrupted bootcat.cache file in “ %systemroot%\system32\codeintegrity” folder.

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Method 1 : Get Service Pack 1 ( If this is not a permanent error )

  • Go to Start Menu & type Windows update
  • Click on Windows update from the search results
  • Click on Check for updates in the left hand side pane
  • Select Service Pack 1 from the recommended updates section
  • It is recommended to set Windows Update to receive all critical updates automatically
  • Fully Update your computer

Method 2 : Manually remove the bootcat.cache file

  • Boot From the Windows 7 DVD or repair disk
  • Select Repair your computer
  • Click on command prompt
  • Type C: and press Enter
  • Type cd windows\system32\codeintegrity  & press Enter
  • Now, Type del bootcat.cache & press Enter
  • Restart your computer to check if it’s working correctly

 

If you still face a problem ( even after installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1 ) do let me know by using the comments section and I will be more than happy to help

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Windows 7 Windows 8

Fix : Media Player Server execution failed in Windows 8 , 7 , Vista, XP

This post will help you fix an issue with your Windows PC, where you get an error “Server Execution failed” when trying to play a file in Windows media player. Typically this error occurs when you close Windows media player and immediately try to re-open another file and for some reason even after the Media player UI closes, the main program process is still active. This error might also occur if for reason the Windows media player network service is stopped or if there is a problem with your User account. Below mentioned are a few methods that should work for you according to the reason behind your error.

Troubleshoot Method 1

  • Go to the Task Manager ( Right Click on Taskbar & click Task Manager) or go to run by pressing Windows logo key + R and type taskmgr

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  • Now, go to the processes tab ( windows 7 and earlier )
  • Check for Windows Media Player
  • If found, right click the process
  • Click on End Task

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  • Check if media player opens correctly

 

Troubleshoot Method 2

  • Open CMD ( Administrator )
  • If you are using Windows 7:
  • Open start menu and type CMD
  • Right Click CMD & click on Run as Administrator
  • If you are using Windows 8
  • Press Windows Logo key + X
  • Click on Command Prompt (admin)
  • Now,
  • type regsvr32 jscript.dll  and press enter
  • press OK
  • Type regsvr32 vbscript.dll and press enter
  • Press OK on the dialog box

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  • Check if you Windows Media player is opening correctly

 

Troubleshoot Method 3 : Start / Correct the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

  • Open CMD ( Administrator ) ( Follow the procedure as provided in Method 2 )
  • Type Services.msc
  • Locate the service Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

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  • Right Click the service and Click properties
  • Now, Make sure the services is started
  • Else, click on Start and set the startup type to Automatic ( delayed start )

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  • Click Apply and OK
  • Check if your problem is solved

 

Troubleshoot Method 4 : Change User Account

  • Make sure you are logged in as Administrator
  • Type netplwiz in run ( windows logo key + r )
  • Click on Add
  • Follow the steps to create a new user account
  • Log off & log on using the new account
  • Check if the Media player is working correctly or not
  • If it is working correctly with a new user account, you can either shift to the new account
  • or
  • Try Running:
  • SFC /SCANNOW ( in run – Windows Logo key + R )
  • Remember, that this process will take some time to complete

Troubleshoot Method 5

  • Open CMD ( Administrator )
  • If you are using Windows 7:
  • Open start menu and type CMD
  • Right Click CMD & click on Run as Administrator
  • If you are using Windows 8
  • Press Windows Logo key + X
  • Click on Command Prompt (admin)
  • Now, type:

  • net localgroup “Administrators” “NT Authority\Local Service” /add
  • Press Enter
  • Now, Restart your computer to check if the problem is solved

 

Miscellaneous Tips

  • If this is problem does not gets solved by step one and this is the first time you are facing this issue, the most advisable step is to use System Restore to restore your computer to an earlier time
  • You can also try to uninstall and reinstall the Windows Media player:
  • To do that:
  • Go to Programs and Features in Control Panel
  • Click on Turn Windows Features on or off
  • Locate and uncheck Windows Media Player
  • Click OK
  • Restart your Computer and again go to the same screen to check Windows Media player to reinstall it

 

If you still face an issue, please use the comment section to tell me about the issue and I will try my best to help you out.

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Windows 7

Fix : Windows is not Genuine 0x80070005 in Windows 7

This post will help you fix an issue with your windows 7 computer. After logging into windows, you might get an error message that would look something like this:

Windows is not genuine

0x80070005

This error will lead to a black desktop background and a message on the bottom right of your screen saying “This copy of Windows is not genuine”, With this you might also get a prompt to activate Windows.

First thing to do is to check your licensing information, to do that:

  • Type CMD in your start menu search box
  • Right Click the CMD ( command prompt icon listed as search result)
  • Click on Run as administrator
  • Press yes
  • type in slmgr.vbs /dlv
  • Normally, running this command should generate a window like this :
  • microsoft windows 7 licensing status
  • But, instead of this you get a message saying “Error: 0x80070005 Access denied: the requested action requires elevated privileges
  • Note: look at step 1 to 3 and notice that we have already used an elevated command prompt to check licensing status.
  • So, if you are getting a error message like the one above, it would mean that either the registry key responsible for Windows licensing activation has some permission issues
  • or
  • or the responsible registry keys are missing.

Resolution

Method 1: Add registry keys

  • Click here to download the file
  • Double click the file
  • click on yes & yes again if prompted twice
  • This should add the missing keys
  • Reboot your computer to check

Method 2: Disable Plug & Play policy

  • On the start menu search box type CMD
  • right click CMD and press Run as Administrator
  • type in rsop.msc and press enter
  • Expand Computer Configuration
  • Expand Windows settings
  • Expand System Services
  • Locate Plug and Play
  • resultant set of policy
  • Double Click it
  • Set it to Not Defined
  • Now,
  • Go to CMD ( as defined in step 1 to 3 )
  • type gpupdate /force ( you might have to restart your PC )

Method 3: Reset your Network Hardware

  • Assuming that you are connecting to Internet through a Wireless or Wired Network connection, below are the steps to reset these hardware devices
  • Go to Control Panel
  • Locate Network and sharing center
  • From the left pane select change adapter settings
  • Right Click your Local Area Connection
  • Click on Disable
  • Now,
  • Right Click your Wireless Network Icon
  • Click on Disable
  • Now, Restart your Computer
  • Go to Network and sharing center again & go to change adapter settings
  • Enable both the adapters that you preciously disabled
  • Exit Network and sharing center
  • Now,
  • Open Windows Update & click on check for updates ( left pane )
  • Click on optional updates & select any hardware driver updates that might be available
  • alternatively
  • you can visit your Network Adapter / Motherboard Manufacturer or System Manufacturer’s support website to download and install latest Network adapter drivers
  • After the update is complete, try running Windows activation again

If you still get an error and you are unable to activate your Windows you can use the comment section & I’ll try to help you further