20071030

This copy of Windows is not genuine? What!?

OK. This is it. I've patiently worked through many Windows Vista annoyances since blogging about my initial, positive impression of the OS; and I haven't terribly minded. Linux taught me to put up with a lot I guess, but that is another post – with regard to Vista and Linux. ;-) Now I am downright angry, though.

Tonight I came home and expected to continue fixing a bug for work. All I needed was Vista's VPN and RDP clients – nothing more. Well, not even that much works tonight because Vista tells me that my copy of Windows is not genuine!

I've read about this issue on Slashdot – caused by a recent (stealth) Windows update or simply updating a driver as I recall – but never figured it would happen to me. To be clear, the experience absolutely sucks. (...technical term for a "Was I just mugged?" customer experience, Microsoft.)

What to do? Well, I got so sick of Vista's 15-minute, likely-infinite loop of "Windows must be reinstalled to activate", logging in, and repeating that I'm running my Dell XPS's diagnostics for a calming distraction. ;-| ...pretty sad. However this plays out, I'll definitely share the Vista "experience" that awaits me!