wmorri Visiting Expert, Sysnative Administrator Emeritus, BSOD Academy Student Joined Apr 2, 2012 Posts 183 Dec 7, 2012 #1 Hi, I got a new hdd the other night and installed Windows 7 on it. I went through the process the way that I always do but now whenever I tray to activate or validate my Windows with the product key it doesn't work. I am not sure what to do at this point. I am getting really annoyed at this and now my windows says that it isn't a genuine copy. I am not sure what to do and I would like to get this figured out as fast as possible.