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SOLVED: So, Why Do I get “Unable to complete Genuine Windows Validation” When I Know For A Fact It Was Already Validated???

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Why am I all-of-a-sudden being required to RE-VALIDATE my copy of Windows, which I know for a fact is Genuine???

Windows Genuine Advantage Error: Taskbar Notification

Windows Genuine Advantage Error: Taskbar Notification

I started this post out looking at this article: How to Remove “Unable to Complete Genuine Windows Validation” | eHow.com. Well, I’ll let you know after I restart if these steps worked….

(… AFTER REBOOT …) The method in the above link did not work …

So, there is a little blue 5-pointed star in my system tray all of a sudden today. This is the first time I remember seeing this on my laptop. The star pops up a dialog balloon that says:

“Unable to complete Genuine Windows Validation”

I know I have a valid version of Windows — this installation is part of a corporate image, that has worked since 2009 — and I don’t particularly trust Microsoft so I’m not comfortable with “RE–ing” anything.

Windows Validation Plugin for Firefox: download link

Windows Validation Plugin for Firefox: download link

I checked out this post:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_xp-windows_install/unable-to-complete-genuine-windows-validation/f9b93f35-c9ee-47bb-b171-375fb6834491?msgId=091b8713-10b7-4f29-b46c-a90fbd3948de&page=2

There are a few useful suggestions but none of them worked for me. The resolution was the the original poster’s issue was resolved by Microsoft fixing a broken issue on their end, though this may just be a clever attempt at MS bashing, because the OP repeatedly says he’s going to buy a Mac because Microsoft sux. I think he is under the erroneous impression that MS cares what he thinks specifically, probably brought on by the pervasive meme that “the customer is always right” … you will find, this is often only taken seriously by software companies when they are dealing with clients/customers who are businesses (B2B), not individuals.

Regardless, I have not found a solution as of yet. I’m considering examining more posts for answers. Right now I just am not feeling too good so if I pursue this further it will have to be when I am better.

Regards,

-CodeSlayer2010

UPDATE:

I eventually found the solution by retracing my steps.Β  The laptop I was using was issued to me by a corporation I used to work for, and as such had their proprietary management software embedded on the system.Β  After several previous unsuccessful attempts, I was finally able to completely remove the corporate software — YAY!!! — from my laptop (BTW, the laptop was an older model and was given to me when I left said company because it was of little value to them).Β  Unfortunately, it eventually also became clear that the removal of said embedded corporate software was the cause of my Windows version all-0f-a-sudden reporting itself as “Unregistered”.

SOLUTION:

The solution was simply to undo the changes & put that corp software back! Once I realized that, fixing it was a piece-of-cake because, thankfully, I had the foresight to make a backup image before messing with anything. I restored the old image and everything was back to normal!

In case you are wondering, there used to be about 3 software products one could use for backing up images — Norton Ghost being the most costly, and most well known. I use a Linux-based program called Acronis True Image Home 11, which was free at the time. They only charged for the corporate version. Here is a link to their website: Acronis.com. Their latest product is True Image 2013, which I haven’t had the pleasure of using yet. If any of you do use it, feel free to comment below and let us know how it worked for you, and what challenges or success you experienced.

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Useful commands for Windows administrators (DOS XP CMD Command Line)

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The Agony of Looping and Doing Foreach In XP DOS

07/07/12

It has been a primary goal of mine for several years to write a Windows program, in either DOS or Perl, to automate changing the folder icon in a batch of subdirectories. Β It is quite tedious to do this process manually, and when I am trying to customize folder icons this process can eat up hours at a time!

Thus this post is simply to get my frustration down about all the time and effort I put into trying to figure this out and the dearth of knowledge on DOS commands and looping, and the alternative difficulty of doing this in other Windows-friendly languages…. Nature calls … Please let me know if you’ve ever had similar problems?!?

07/08/12

Here are some attempts I made last night to list all subdirectories (folders) in a given folder using the fully-qualified path name. Notice that in batchfoldericon.bat and batchfoldericon2.bat there is a lot of extra code … This is because after 3 hours of research and troubleshooting, I was finally able to get the code to do the variable expansion. But, for some reason it would never write the fully-qualified path to the text file … That or it would be reading the subdirs from one level up … huh? And to top it off, sometimes I’m getting the correct results with the for loop code I have, and other times it is giving me incorrect results as stated earlier!

NOTE: WordPress.com hosted code syntax highlighting doesn’t support “dos”, “batch”, “bat”, “command line”, “cmd”, or anything of that nature. Therefore, the closest logical relative is “powershell”, so that is the sourcecode language I am using to display the code below … It leaves much to be desired, but as stated, it’s not designed for DOS code. However, this problem is easily remedied when using a self-hosted WordPress site … There are nice plugins that a Google search will show that can do DOS code syntax highlighting just fine, but they are unavailable when you let Automatic host your site.

batchfoldericon.bat

@echo off
REM -- File:    batchfoldericon.bat
REM -- Created: 07/07/12
REM -- Author:  Eric Hepperle

REM -- Notes:   %1 refers to the first argument passed to the file.

rem @echo off
REM -- THIS WORKS FOR LISTING LEV1 SUBDIRS! πŸ™‚ -->
REM     for /d %%X in (%~dp1*) do echo %%X >> c:\listjpg.txt

REM for /r %1 %%X in (*.jpg) do (echo %%X >> c:\listjpg.txt)
rem SETLOCAL EnableDelayedExpansion

if "%~1" == "." goto :defaultdircond
if "%~1" == "" goto :defaultdircond

goto :dirpassed
:dirpassed
set %startdir% = %~f1
goto: processdirs

:defaultdircond
echo CONDITION cond was gone-to.
set %startdir% = %cmd%

:processdirs
REM for /d %%X in (%startdir%\*) do (
 REM echo %%X >> c:\listjpg.txt
 REM attrib -r "%startdir%\*.*" /S /D
REM )
for /d %%X in (%~f1\*) do echo %%X >> c:\listjpg.txt

REM -- THIS WORKS FOR GRABBING ALL LEV1 SUBDIRS AND LISTING
REM --  THEIR FULLY QUALIFIED PATHS:
REM -- for /d %%X in (%~f1\*) do echo %%X >> c:\listjpg.txt

batchfoldericon2.bat

@echo off
REM -- File:    batchfoldericon2.bat
REM -- Created: 07/07/12
REM -- Author:  Eric Hepperle

REM -- Notes:   %1 refers to the first argument passed to the file.

if "%~1" == "." goto :defaultdircond
if "%~1" == "" goto :defaultdircond

goto :dirpassed
:dirpassed
set %startdir% = %~f1
goto: processdirs

:defaultdircond
echo CONDITION cond was gone-to.
set %startdir% = %cmd%

:processdirs
for /d %%X in (%startdir%\*) do (
 echo %%X > c:\listjpg.txt
 rem @attrib -r "%%X"
)

REM -- THIS WORKS FOR GRABBING ALL LEV1 SUBDIRS AND LISTING
REM --  THEIR FULLY QUALIFIED PATHS:
REM -- for /d %%X in (%~f1\*) do echo %%X >> c:\listjpg.txt
REM
REM -- Get all lev1 subdirs can also be done by:
REM --   dir /ad /b

batchfoldericon3.bat

NOTE: This one works!!! — It writes fully-qualified pathnames to the output file correctly! πŸ™‚ Now I just have to get it to process each folder!

@echo off

for /d %%X in (%~f1\*) do echo %%X >> c:\listjpg.txt