Update: Please read this update as well – Rob
Microsoft updated the Windows Genuine Advantage Code and broke the Windows Vista installation for thousands of Beta Testers.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a number of attempts at workarounds for Vista product activation. As of now there are at least two distinct workarounds that have worked to some degree, but I’m sure there are more on the way. One of these workarounds we have affectionately named “frankenbuild” because it involves cobbling together files from an RC build and with an RTM build to create a hybrid that bypasses activation. The other workaround involves the use of some virtualization technology and our practices for activating larger business customers.
I’m not sure what they are thinking? Even if someone was running a “Frankenbuild” – why do this now? Why not wait until after Vista is commercially available to consumer before breaking the backs of the very users Microsoft gained so much free feedback from during the Beta process?
We hope that this action will help get the message out that pirating Windows Vista will have real consequences and will, in turn, encourage people to check before they buy.
No – sorry – I am not “pirating Windows Vista” – I got Windows Vista from you, Microsoft. I got my Product ID from you as well. I am not running any modified Vista software – I haven’t hacked anything in the Registry or modified any binaries with a Hex Editor.
You are welcome, Microsoft – for all the time and effort I put in to making your Windows Vista product as stable and responsive as you could make it. You are welcome for the numerous times I had to reformat and re-install new Beta Versions. You are welcome for the time I spent on the phone with your Developers, and they were debugging my Windows Vista installation. You are welcome for the good reviews I’ve given, including my “Ten Reasons to Buy Microsoft Vista” post which gets a lot of hits.
And thank you, Microsoft, for dipping my in shit again. Just when I thought you finally “got it”.
And the really sad thing – my free copy of Vista and Office 2007 are both supposedly in the mail and on their way here. But I won’t run this crippled piece of crap operating system that used to be a fully functioning and useful Windows Vista while waiting for you to send me my free copy so I can enter a new damn product key.
No, I can’t wait for that – not while I have this Ubuntu CD sitting right here, begging to be used.
Again, thanks for the shit-dipping, you dip-shits.