Windows OS is used by millions of people worldwide daily for their office, home, and school work. It’s very easy to use, maintain Windows OS and it can be installed on any computer machine with low hardware specifications. But, bugs are common in Windows machine as users aren’t installing the proper drivers and viruses are attacking the Windows PC. But, users who always keep their OS updated will rarely get in any trouble with Windows OS. It’s on the user how they’re going to use the OS. Many users haven’t activated their Windows OS with the activation key and they are getting “this copy of Windows is not genuine” message. This message is always displayed on the right bottom corner of your desktop. If you use Windows OS for 1-2 months without activating it, this message will appear.
The difference between genuine Windows and non-genuine Windows is that in genuine Windows, the user will get all the updates and support from Microsoft. If you don’t activate your Windows, you’re a non-genuine user and Microsoft will not provide you all the updates and there will be no official support. Microsoft is trying to trigger all the Windows OS installed which are not legitimate and are not activated. Now, once Windows detects that it’s not activated or not genuine, Windows will replace your desktop wallpaper with the black wallpaper and a message will be written as: “This Copy Of Windows Is Not Genuine. Activate Windows GoTo PC Settings”.
If you’re using invalid product key then or haven’t activated Windows OS, then you’ll surely get “This Copy Of Windows Is Not Activated” message on the desktop. The worst part is that after few weeks when this message appears on your screen, your computer’s performance will decrease. There will be laggy performance and you might notice that desktop wallpaper is automatically changed. Many users have reported that most of the time their computer takes more time to boot. Microsoft has done this all to stop piracy of Windows OS. So, they are cutting down their support to the non-genuine Windows OS and if any non-activated Windows is found, “This Copy Of Windows Is Not Genuine” message is displayed as the warning so that user will activate his/her copy of WIndows OS.
Even many users have reported that they’re using a valid license but still, this copy of Windows is not genuine error is displayed on the desktop. If it’s the case with you then you need to reset the license status of your computer. We’ve shown all the methods below which are helpful in solving this problem.
Fix: This Copy Of Windows Is Not Genuine
Now, let’s talk about the process to solve this problem. If you think that you’ve valid license key but still getting this message on your desktop, then you need to reset your license state. Users who haven’t activated their OS needs to activate their OS using a valid license key. We’ve shown all the steps you need to do to fix this problem.
Reset The License Status
Microsoft is making their Activation Process totally foolproof. So, they kept rolling our new activation features with updated. Every Windows build can be used as a trial for a limited time of period e.g 30 days. Now, once your trial is expired, you’ll get this copy of Windows is not genuine or activate Windows message on the desktop. But, using some commands users can reset the activation timers. But, this can be done only several times. If your REARM counts exceed, you’ll get an error while resetting the activation timers.
So, REARM will be helpful in your case to fix Windows is not genuine error. You should have administrator access in order to use the REARM commands.
- Open Command Prompt (CMD) as Administrator.
- Paste the command given below and hit enter:
- Now, restart your Windows computer and This copy of Windows is not genuine error will no longer be displayed on the desktop.
Fix To: Allowed Numbers Of Rearms Exceed
As we listed above that REARMS can only be used several times. if you used the REARM command to reset Windows activation timers, you’ll get REARMS limit exceeded error. YOu can easily solve this problem by following the method we’ve shown below. We’re using the registry editor. We’ll change the SkipRearm key value so that you can use slmgr -rearm command once again to fix “This Copy Of Windows is Not genuine” problem.
- Press Win+R and type regedit, hit enter.
- Give the administrator privileges and now navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>Software>Microsoft>WindowsNT>Current version>SoftwareProtectionPlatform.
- Now, on the Right side of the screen, you’ll get SkipRearm value. Click on it and Right-Click>Modify.
- Change the key value from 0 to 1 and restart your PC.
Then follow the method to reset the license status and we hope that this message is gone from your desktop.
Activate Your Windows License
License, you should activate it. It’ll automatically solve all your problem automatically. Your license key should be written in the Windows CD or on the back of your laptop. Every laptop is provided a key which can be further used to activate your Windows OS. Once your Windows license is activated, this copy of Windows is not genuine error will not be displayed and you’ll be able to get all the Windows updates and support from Microsoft.
- Press Win+X and select Command prompt Administrator.
- Type the command: slmgr.vbs /ipk XXxxXXxxXX and hit enter. (Here XXxxXXxxXX is the license code)
- Restart your Windows OS and your Windows will be activated if your license Key is valid.
Read detailed process about Windows Activation and learn more about activating Windows OS.
We now hope that your problem is solved. But, if you’re still having the problem, comment down below and we’ll try to help you out in solving this copy of Windows is not genuine error.