How to fix "Windows not Genuine, Build 7601"


  • I have tried both cloning and recovering to my new SSD and get the "Windows not Genuine, Build 7601" BSOD.

    Anyone have any ideas how to get past that to revalidate the OS on the new SSD?

    I can do a clean install as this is a purchased from Microsoft OS disk and I have it, but my OS and Desktop have been painstakingly built fairly recently and I would prefer not to deal with rebuiding it from scratch.

    Obviously Microsoft doesn't know what they are doing if they can't tell the difference between a genuine OS and a hacked one, but that is a subject for another day.


    Sunday, August 21, 2011 2:13 PM

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  • Windows 7 should be installed on an SSD, not cloned to an SSD.

    You may be getting the not genuine notice because it was cloned.

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    Sunday, August 21, 2011 5:18 PM
  • Yes, it can be installed as a fresh install, cloned or loaded as recovery from backup.  All will work and I have used each of them with little problem in the past.


    This is the first BSOD I have that is caused by Microsoft.  


    I tried both cloning and recovering since my Win 7 disks are an upgrade and don't load on a fresh hdd/ssd.



    Sunday, August 21, 2011 7:38 PM
  • Have you tried just reactivating the OS?  The OS can detect when a certain amount of hardware has been changed and request re-activation.

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    Sunday, August 21, 2011 8:36 PM
  • The only reason that I can think that would cause for a BSOD is that Windows 7 uses TRIM on SSDs, and it could possibly panic at the fact that it has got some technology that wasn't there before. Also, if the SSD requires specific drivers that are required for the OS to work, and the OS doesn't have it, I can see that that will cause issues.

    As for re-imaging onto a platform with changed hardware, I would advise against it due to the driver issues mentioned above.

    hope this has helped

    Monday, August 22, 2011 4:02 PM