Hey guys, I'm new here and hope you can help me with a problem. Ik have a Alienware desktop that came with a legit windows7 64bit dvd, but dont think i have a keycode, over the years I've re-installed it a couple of times without entering a keycode if i remember correctly, but it works perfect and it says its legit and no problems with updates or whatever (so i guess the keycode is saved somewhere and it just fills it in for you?) However I've used the same dvd to instal windows 7 64bit on my laptop, where i also didnt enter a keycode. Anyway, had everything installed, run all the updates including SP1 no problemo. But then countdown for validating windows finished and its telling me its not legit and i should buy it. Which is no surprise i found after searching, because if i understand correctly this keycode can only be used at one pc at the time? So not willing to buy windows for my crappy laptop, and not able to use my keycode on 2 pc's? but wanting to be able to update windows, i found that "windows loader by Daz" was probably my best choice, correct? Couldnt find the kb9710 Downloaded it (2.2.2) ran it, and it said it did its work, so i restarted and searched for updates, and it said it needed to install new Windows Update-software first. When i click the 'install now" its start downloading and installing updates but after 10sec stops and says: Cant look for new updates there's been a mistake code 80073701 Thinking the Windows Loader may not have worked i decide to reinstal, but no fix, then i uninstall and look for the KB971033 update they say is used for checking if your pc is legit. Couldnt find it (has the name changed?) so decided to do a system restore to a month before hoping to get rid of it. Also ran windows loader again, but no fix. Googled 80073701 and followed the self help pages: It discribes it as a problem with installing SP1 which i am pretty sure i already have even though i did a system restore. Followed the described steps anyway: - ran windowsupdatediagnostic to reset that s**t, which it did - tried to update readiness tool for windows 7 64bit and 32, but it says its not for this machine? also tried another update readiness tool win7 64bit i found in another instruction: But it didnt work!? should i run in compatibilty-mode or whatever? - did sfc/scannow which found/fixed a couple problems - try update rediness tool again as described, but still didnt work After that comes "solution 1" which i dont understand completely and think doesnt suit my problem as SP1 is already installed? It then advices to delete extra language packs, i checked and there's only one installed (dutch) but it has a yellow square in front of it, should i reinstal? Anyway now im thinking windows update probably doesnt work because its still not legit "enough" i decide to try and reset the validation using CMD: slmgr /rearm which i found can be done a couple of times to win some time? thinking it should allow updates then, correct? System got reset, got my wallpaper back and it says its still 3days (not 30) until i have to validate again, but still windows update doesnt work. So what now guys? i think i need to run the update readiness tool but cant get it to work? And im still thinking it's maybe a nog being legit yet problem? but since i resetted the counter and it says i still have 2days update should work normally right? Really dont want to reinstall windows... But i also need to know what the best way for me to make it "legit" and run updates. Sorry for the long story but like i said i dont know if im doing something wrong. I posted the links of the pages referred to, but im had to delete them, im not allowed Hope you guys can help me.