hi, i have posted in the following thread: http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...safer-activation-solution?p=224313#post224313 but since it is 126 pages long, no one wud read my post (atleast not the admins or who can help me) so im creating a new thread, here goes... i installed windows 7 ultimate (v6.1 build 7600) using 'Windows_7_Ultimate_Activated_AIO.iso'. so i think it came with its own slic v2.1 loader and the installation went perfectly smooth. at 1st nothing was wrong and i cud check/install win updates just fine. but then i came across update kb974431 it installed fine too but during reboot it failed at 80% in applying the update, reverted the changes and then rebooted again. after this, i cud neither install manually this update nor cud i check anymore for windows updates. for both, i get the c0000022 error. after this i also started getting the 'this copy of windows is not genuine' and popups to install a licensed copy. so i tried removewat 2.1 and chew-wga 0.9 after installing each of them successfully, i tried to manually install the update and check for new win updates. both the cracks/activators couldnt allow me this. then i tried a 'sfc /scannow' to revert all the modded system files to original state so that i cud install the update. sfc did find a few modded files and repaired all of them, except for 'sppcomapi.dll' now i cant seem to find the original non-modded version of this file anywhere on the net. i even moved that file elsewhere and replaced it with a blank txt file in its name, still nothing. i finally tried to start Software Protection via services.msc and tried the same with cmd (as admin) using 'net 'start sppsvc'. in both the cases, it gave the 'Access denied' error. i tried to start this service from safe mode too and same prob. plz help me as i just need to repair 'sppcomapi.dll' and install the update kb974431 after which i guess i shud be fine. thanx, in advance.