Just when I say something really nice about Vista…

It pisses me off.

I bought a new motherboard, and reinstalled Vista.  WARNING!  THIS IS NOT ADVISEABLE!  DO NOT UPGRADE – DO NOT SPEND MONEY ON NEW HARDWARE!!!

Because Vista Activation WILL screw you.

It’s 1am, and I have spent the last 1:45 minutes on 6 phone calls to Microsoft.  And my $269.95 RETAIL copy of Vista Ultimate (upgrade) will not activate.

And guess what?  The “Activation Department” can’t activate it either!  They gave me a tech support number to call (tomorrow, of course.  They aren’t open when I need to work).

So my Vista isn’t activated now.  Luckily it isn’t expired either. But how can it be that the activation department cannot activate a completely legitimate copy of Vista?  How can this system be this broken?  Sure, this is my third motherboard since I first installed Vista, but why should that matter if I am talking to the “Activation Department” on the phone, AND I have a completely legal copy of Vista sitting next to me?  Every install was a clean install.  (Yes, it’s an upgrade copy of Vista, but I do have Windows XP installed on another drive on the system). 

The only reason I realized I hadn’t activated Vista yet was the error I got when I tried to look at my Media Center over my bedroom XBOX 360.  I got a very odd error that told me NOTHING (luckily Google did!).  Here is the error:

“Connection Terminated: The XBOX360 has been disconnected because an application has launched UI unexpectedly”

This site leads me to believe it is because Vista is not yet activated, which it isn’t (not that I didn’t try!)

DRM is stupid.  It certainly doesn’t do anything for me but get in my way.  And make me an unhappy customer.

All I want is what I paid for.  Microsoft, please don’t make me beg for it…

Comments

  1. I am too freaking old to even care if there is another “truth”. My own life experience tells me that if I can’t “hold it touch it, bend it fold it” then it is someone else’s dream…

    I like my reality. Your mileage may vary.

    Rob

  2. Deannie! YES!
    Rob does!
    He REFUSES to accept my ‘truth’!

  3. Does someone need some religious convertin’? 😉

  4. It was only a subliminal message .. you weren’t even supposed to consciously process it! Let alone answer!

  5. @OK Paul, let’s make a deal here – since I know how you *hate* having anyone waste your time trying to convert you to their religion, let’s treat OS Choice the same. I don’t like Linux – been there, done that. Got the T-Shirt.

    NOT going to use it as my every day OS – and you can’t convert me.

    So let’s agree to just drop it 😀

    Rob

  6. Nobody to call for help beats having someone to call for help, but not getting any!

    Having said that, there IS a lot of VERY high quality and very responsive ‘Linux’ help out there! Lots of it! You just can’t CALL them .. you have to look for it.

    Moreover, unlike Microsoft, Linux provides you with everything you need to fix any problem you encounter yourself!

    And it’s all free.
    And interesting.

  7. Yeah, sure. A whole new set of issues and nobody to call for help – no thanks. Been there, tried that. The experience sucks. 😀

  8. *posts subliminal message…*

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