Fix: Windows 7 Not Genuine
For $900 I got a refurbished ultrabook, the Asus UX32VD-DB71, on ebay about 9 months ago.
Since these were going for about $1300-1400 at the time, it was an incredible deal that I couldn’t pass up but knew I would constantly worry about getting scammed.
The laptop came in flawless condition.
After using it for a while with no problems, I went ahead and did the necessary upgrades:
- installed a stick of 8 GB Mushkin RAM bringing the total memory to 10 GB
- Did a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium on a Samsung 830 128 GB SSD and replaced the 500 GB disk drive
The Fix that worked for me
It turned out that for some reasons, maybe because I reinstalled my Windows on a new hard drive, my Windows 7 Home Premium license was a trial version. Somehow it worked fine for 9 months until now.
After trying a few suggestions online, I was finally able to fix the problem quickly and easily.
Using the steps in this tutorial: How to Make Windows 7 Genuine for Free, Windows Security Essentials was back up and my Windows 7 appeared good to go.
Hopefully if you find yourself in a similar situation this helps you as well.