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    Has anyone else got this -- and even better got a fix?

    I have had this PC for about a year with Windows Ultimate preinstalled and Office 2007 as well. No activation problems until recently.

    Now, regularly but randomly I am flagged that my copy of Windows is not genuine but when I go to check it at the Windows Genuine Advantage website it is always okay.

    This is very annoying and seems completely unnecessary.

    The only thing I have noticed is that when I open the System application in Control Panel the Windows activation section initially comes up saying there is no information but after a couple of seconds it then either comes up with saying it is activated/not. My recollection is that in the past this has always come up immediately as being okay.

    There's nothing fancy in my set up -- just a regular PC on a cable modem with no network.

    Anything helpful appreciated, thanks.

    Monday, May 26, 2008 10:40 AM

Answers

  • Hi JR007,

     

      The core to your particular issue centers on the line in your Diagnostic Report that reads:

     

    File Scan Data-->

    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\dnsapi.dll[6.0.6000.16615]

     

    This line means that the critical system file dnsapi.dll either

    a)     Has been tampered/modified/become corrupt to the point that its Signature Hash no longer matches the Signature Hash listed in Vista's System Catalog.

    Or

    b)     The dnsapi.dll file has recently been updated but the file's Signature Hash was not updated, in Vista's System Catalog to reflect the updated dnsapi.dll file's new Signature Hash.

     

      Vista compares a Critical System file's Signature Hash with the Signature Hash listed in its System Catalog to determine if that Critical System file has been tampered with.

     

       In the case of the Critical System file dnsapi.dll, on April 8th 2008, Windows Update released Update KB945553. One of the things that this update did was to update Critical System file dnsapi.dll. We believe that, in some rare cases, after the Update updated dnsapi.dll, it failed to update Vista's System Catalog with the file's new Signature Hash. When this happens Vista compares the two Signature Hashes and when they don't match, Vista's anti-piracy system thinks the critical system file has been tampered with and flags Vista as Non-Genuine.

     

      To resolve your issue, we need to get the file's Signature Hash to match what is listed in Vista System Catalog. I can provide a couple of suggestions to do this:

     

    A)    Uninstall Update KB945553: 

    1.     Reboot Vista into Safe Mode

    2.     Go to Control Panel

    3.     On the left hand side of the Controlee panel window, Click on "Classic View"

    4.     Double-click "Programs and Features"

    5.     On the left hand side, under "Tasks" click "View installed updates"

    6.     Sort the updates by "Installed On" date

    7.     Find the Updates installed on (or after) April 8th

    8.     Find the Updated titled "Security Update for Windows Vista (KB945553)"

    9.     Right-Click on the Update and select "Uninstall"

    10.   Reboot into normal mode

    11.   Vista should no longer be in Reduced Functionality mode

     

    12.   You can manually reinstall Update KB945553 by going to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8203d303-c855-4579-9bbf-b06ddf5c1b87&DisplayLang=en  click the "Download" button, then click "open" (if any other windows pop-up, click the 'Allow" or Continue" button.

    13.   When the update is complete, reboot the computer. When the computer reboots, you should see a screen that says something like "Configuring Update..." Do not turn off or reboot your computer until Vista has completed configuring the update.

     

    B)    Repair Windows using System Restore:

    1.     Reboot Vista into Safe Mode

    2.     Go to Control Panel

    3.     On the left hand side of the Controlee panel window, Click on "Classic View"

    4.     Double-click "Backup and Restore Center"

    5.     On the left hand side of the window, click "Repair Windows using system restore"

                                              i.    If the last thing that you installed was Update KB945553, then select the "Recommended Restore"

                                             ii.    If you have since installed other software, drivers or updates, then select "Choose Different Restore Point", Put a check in the box that says "Show restore points older than 5 days", select the restore point that corresponds to the date you installed Update KB945553 (would be around April 8th or after).

    6.     Click the "Next" button.

    7.     Reboot back into Normal mode

    8.     Vista should no longer be in Reduced Functionality mode

     

    9.     You can manually reinstall Update KB945553 by going to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8203d303-c855-4579-9bbf-b06ddf5c1b87&DisplayLang=en  click the "Download" button, then click "open" (if any other windows pop-up, click the 'Allow" or Continue" button.

    10.   When the update is complete, reboot the computer. When the computer reboots, you should see a screen that says something like "Configuring Update..." Do not turn off or reboot your computer until Vista has completed configuring the update.

     

     If, after you reinstall the update, you re-experience the issue again, please go to the Windows Update Solution Center at http://support.microsoft.com/ph/6527#tab0 or create a (no cost) Windows Update support request at http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?gprid=6527

     

    Monday, June 30, 2008 11:23 PM

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    In order to recieve the best support, we request all users initially download and run the Genuine Diagnostics tool at this link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012. Click "Continue" click the Windows tab, click the "Copy" button, then paste the report into a response message in this thread.


    If you do not have access to the Start Button:

    1) Login to Vista and Click the option that brings up Internet Explorer.

    2) Type: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 into the browser address bar.

    3) A window will come up asking if you want to Run or Save, Select Run

    4) When the program runs, Click the Continue button, then click the Copy button.

    5) Return to this thread by Typing: http://forums.microsoft.com/Genuine/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=3400103&SiteID=25 into the browser address bar.

    6) In a reply post, Paste the Diagnostic Report.

    Darin Smith

    WGA Forum Manager

     

    Wednesday, May 28, 2008 4:55 PM
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    Diagnostic Report (1.7.0095.0):
    -----------------------------------------
    WGA Data-->
    Validation Status: Invalid License
    Validation Code: 50
    Online Validation Code: 0x80070426
    Cached Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0x80070426
    Windows Product Key: *****-*****-Q9CM8-KTDKK-8QXTR
    Windows Product Key Hash: OI3PQUp2nK/Ysh5U6MY15ORIfio=
    Windows Product ID: 89572-OEM-7332166-00029
    Windows Product ID Type: 2
    Windows License Type: OEM SLP
    Windows OS version: 6.0.6000.2.00010300.0.0.002
    CSVLK Server: N/A
    CSVLK PID: N/A
    ID: {FB99BB92-89AC-46F5-BD18-401482003C63}(1)
    Is Admin: Yes
    TestCab: 0x0
    WGA Version: Registered, 1.7.69.2
    Signed By: Microsoft
    Product Name: Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic
    Architecture: 0x00000000
    Build lab: 6000.vista_gdr.071023-1545
    TTS Error: M:20080630113217782-
    Validation Diagnostic:
    Resolution Status: N/A

    WgaER Data-->
    ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: 6.0.6002.16398

    WGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    File Exists: No
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Notifications Data-->
    Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    WGATray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
    OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

    OGA Data-->
    Office Status: 109 N/A
    OGA Version: Registered, 1.6.28.0
    Signed By: Microsoft
    Office Diagnostics: B4D0AA8B-604-645_7E90FEE8-169-80004005_B4D0AA8B-587-80004005_025D1FF3-282-80041010_025D1FF3-170-80041010_025D1FF3-171-1_025D1FF3-434-80040154_025D1FF3-178-80040154_025D1FF3-179-2_025D1FF3-185-80070002_025D1FF3-199-3

    Browser Data-->
    Proxy settings: N/A
    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Win32)
    Default Browser: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
    Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
    Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
    Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
    Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
    Active scripting: Allowed
    Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

    File Scan Data-->
    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\dnsapi.dll[6.0.6000.16615]

    Other data-->
    Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{FB99BB92-89AC-46F5-BD18-401482003C63}</UGUID><Version>1.7.0095.0</Version><OS>6.0.6000.2.00010300.0.0.002</OS><Architecture>x32</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-8QXTR</PKey><PID>89572-OEM-7332166-00029</PID><PIDType>2</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-4135601725-602049849-844105857</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>Acer, inc.</Manufacturer><Model>Aspire 3680     </Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Acer   </Manufacturer><Version>v1.3505</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="4"/><Date>20070410000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>8D333507018400DE</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Central Standard Time(GMT-06:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM><OEMID>ACRSYS</OEMID><OEMTableID>ACRPRDCT</OEMTableID></OEM><BRT/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>109</Result><Products/><Applications/></Office></Software></GenuineResults> 

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    Monday, June 30, 2008 4:44 PM
  • Hi JR007,

     

      The core to your particular issue centers on the line in your Diagnostic Report that reads:

     

    File Scan Data-->

    File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\dnsapi.dll[6.0.6000.16615]

     

    This line means that the critical system file dnsapi.dll either

    a)     Has been tampered/modified/become corrupt to the point that its Signature Hash no longer matches the Signature Hash listed in Vista's System Catalog.

    Or

    b)     The dnsapi.dll file has recently been updated but the file's Signature Hash was not updated, in Vista's System Catalog to reflect the updated dnsapi.dll file's new Signature Hash.

     

      Vista compares a Critical System file's Signature Hash with the Signature Hash listed in its System Catalog to determine if that Critical System file has been tampered with.

     

       In the case of the Critical System file dnsapi.dll, on April 8th 2008, Windows Update released Update KB945553. One of the things that this update did was to update Critical System file dnsapi.dll. We believe that, in some rare cases, after the Update updated dnsapi.dll, it failed to update Vista's System Catalog with the file's new Signature Hash. When this happens Vista compares the two Signature Hashes and when they don't match, Vista's anti-piracy system thinks the critical system file has been tampered with and flags Vista as Non-Genuine.

     

      To resolve your issue, we need to get the file's Signature Hash to match what is listed in Vista System Catalog. I can provide a couple of suggestions to do this:

     

    A)    Uninstall Update KB945553: 

    1.     Reboot Vista into Safe Mode

    2.     Go to Control Panel

    3.     On the left hand side of the Controlee panel window, Click on "Classic View"

    4.     Double-click "Programs and Features"

    5.     On the left hand side, under "Tasks" click "View installed updates"

    6.     Sort the updates by "Installed On" date

    7.     Find the Updates installed on (or after) April 8th

    8.     Find the Updated titled "Security Update for Windows Vista (KB945553)"

    9.     Right-Click on the Update and select "Uninstall"

    10.   Reboot into normal mode

    11.   Vista should no longer be in Reduced Functionality mode

     

    12.   You can manually reinstall Update KB945553 by going to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8203d303-c855-4579-9bbf-b06ddf5c1b87&DisplayLang=en  click the "Download" button, then click "open" (if any other windows pop-up, click the 'Allow" or Continue" button.

    13.   When the update is complete, reboot the computer. When the computer reboots, you should see a screen that says something like "Configuring Update..." Do not turn off or reboot your computer until Vista has completed configuring the update.

     

    B)    Repair Windows using System Restore:

    1.     Reboot Vista into Safe Mode

    2.     Go to Control Panel

    3.     On the left hand side of the Controlee panel window, Click on "Classic View"

    4.     Double-click "Backup and Restore Center"

    5.     On the left hand side of the window, click "Repair Windows using system restore"

                                              i.    If the last thing that you installed was Update KB945553, then select the "Recommended Restore"

                                             ii.    If you have since installed other software, drivers or updates, then select "Choose Different Restore Point", Put a check in the box that says "Show restore points older than 5 days", select the restore point that corresponds to the date you installed Update KB945553 (would be around April 8th or after).

    6.     Click the "Next" button.

    7.     Reboot back into Normal mode

    8.     Vista should no longer be in Reduced Functionality mode

     

    9.     You can manually reinstall Update KB945553 by going to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8203d303-c855-4579-9bbf-b06ddf5c1b87&DisplayLang=en  click the "Download" button, then click "open" (if any other windows pop-up, click the 'Allow" or Continue" button.

    10.   When the update is complete, reboot the computer. When the computer reboots, you should see a screen that says something like "Configuring Update..." Do not turn off or reboot your computer until Vista has completed configuring the update.

     

     If, after you reinstall the update, you re-experience the issue again, please go to the Windows Update Solution Center at http://support.microsoft.com/ph/6527#tab0 or create a (no cost) Windows Update support request at http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?gprid=6527

     

    Monday, June 30, 2008 11:23 PM