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


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.


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

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