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…