Re: Activation suddenly vanished....
The activation is very similar. It is just that the lions share of
determining validity has now been shifted to hard drive identification.
Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
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"nrms" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Well I am now 100% positive that it was updating the RAID "SOFTWARE"
> because I returned my system to a pre-update Ghost image, and it was still
> activated. I then reinstalled the Intel Raid driver and after reboot the
> activation was gone.
> Clearly this gives the lie to the MS$ claim that Vista was similar to XP
> its activation "rules" - I NEVER once had to re-activate XP due to changes
> software drivers (or even genuine hardware changes, come to that). I can
> understand the need for Vista to detect TRUE hardware changes; but it
> to be KEYED to hardware ID's in a way that changing driver support does
> trigger a re-activation event.
> My beef is this. The Raid software driver had to be updated because the
> that shipped with Vista is (frankly) not fit for service. Many
> are currently revising their hardware drivers on a regular basis. If I
> to go through the hassle of convincing Microsoft that I am not a pirate
> few weeks until the software base matures, then I will NOT be best
> As it happens I am advising my client base NOT to buy, install or upgrade
> Vista for at least a year, until the software driver support matures.
> I have bought 3 Vista licenses for 3 PC's (2 OEM & 1 Full Retail; all
> Ultimate). For this I shelled out the US$ equivalent of nearly $1100 (as I
> live in rip off Britain); I *shouldn't* have to go through all this
> If Microsoft does not improve this situation with Vista SP1; my next OS
> be Linux for sure.
> "Richard Urban" wrote:
>> Updating the Raid drivers will do this (in some instances). After the
>> upgrade and a subsequent reboot, the operating system detects the hard
>> as being different (new). To the O/S - it is.