WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate - Linux

This is a discussion on WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate - Linux ; After weeks of gruelling troubleshooting, I've finally had it confirmed by Microsoft Australia and USA -- something as small as swapping the video card or updating a device driver can trigger a total Vista deactivation. http://apcmag.com/vista_activation/...

+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate

  1. WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate


    After weeks of gruelling troubleshooting, I've finally had it
    confirmed by Microsoft Australia and USA -- something as small as
    swapping the video card or updating a device driver can trigger a
    total Vista deactivation.


    http://apcmag.com/vista_activation/


  2. Re: WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate

    ____/ nessuno@wigner.berkeley.edu on Tuesday 23 October 2007 18:42 : \____

    >
    > After weeks of gruelling troubleshooting, I've finally had it
    > confirmed by Microsoft Australia and USA -- something as small as
    > swapping the video card or updating a device driver can trigger a
    > total Vista deactivation.
    >

    >
    > http://apcmag.com/vista_activation/


    It's not exactly news. IIRC, even changing RAM sticks can trigger this lethal
    reaction. I read about such experiences.

    I wonder if partitioning has the same effect. This afternoon I bought another
    0.32TB hard-drive and Linux is partitioning the drive as I write this
    (changing NTFS to ext3). All GUI... clicky and pointy. So if the hard-drive
    partition is rewritten, does Vista panic and give BSoD (Black, not blue)?

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | In an e-mail to a large Windows Vista OEM distributor titled "Pirated Vista -
    | A darkness descends!", a local Microsoft representative made it quite clear
    | what Vista pirates can expect to happen to their unlicensed installations.
    |
    | [...]
    |
    | Microsoft's new tough anit-piracy move also proves the company still controls
    | its software releases with an iron fist, but it marks the first global use of
    | heavy-handed tactics for pirated copies of Windows.
    `----

    http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.p...262671&rid=-50

    --
    ~~ Best of wishes

    Roy S. Schestowitz | INQredible Hacktivism
    http://Schestowitz.com | Open Prospects | PGP-Key: 0x74572E8E
    Tasks: 113 total, 1 running, 112 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
    http://iuron.com - knowledge engine, not a search engine

  3. Re: WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate

    On Tue, 23 Oct 2007 20:26:27 +0100, [H]omer wrote:

    > Welcome to the Windows Genuine Advantage®


    I think you mean: "Windows Genuine DIS-advantage"

  4. Re: WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate

    In comp.os.linux.advocacy, [H]omer

    wrote
    on Tue, 23 Oct 2007 20:26:27 +0100
    <4gu1v4-0gm.ln1@sky.matrix>:
    > Verily I say unto thee, that nessuno@wigner.berkeley.edu spake thusly:
    >
    >>
    >> After weeks of gruelling troubleshooting, I've finally had it
    >> confirmed by Microsoft Australia and USA -- something as small as
    >> swapping the video card or updating a device driver can trigger a
    >> total Vista deactivation.
    >>

    >>
    >> http://apcmag.com/vista_activation/
    >>

    >
    > .----
    > | The only problem? I had never changed my disk controller at any
    > | point. Apparently because I had upgraded the Intel Matrix Storage
    > | Manager application, this was reported as a major hardware change
    > | event.
    > `----
    >
    > Spot the obvious flaw in WGA...
    >
    > Hmm, so just updating /drivers/ triggers deactivation.
    >
    > Welcome to the Windows Genuine Advantage
    >


    It is indeed a genine advantage -- for Microsoft. I wish
    I could say it was an advantage for the actual customer,
    but never mind that, we're only tiny little cogs in the
    Mighty Microsoft Marketing Machine, right?

    (And some people may wonder why I'm cynical.)

    --
    #191, ewill3@earthlink.net
    Useless C++ Programming Idea #23291:
    void f(item *p) { if(p != 0) delete p; }

    --
    Posted via a free Usenet account from http://www.teranews.com


  5. Re: WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate

    On Oct 23, 3:06 pm, alt wrote:
    > On Tue, 23 Oct 2007 20:26:27 +0100, [H]omer wrote:
    > > Welcome to the Windows Genuine Advantage

    >
    > I think you mean: "Windows Genuine DIS-advantage"


    No, he means Advantage. Shut that crap off and move on to Linux.


  6. Re: WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate


    wrote in message
    news:1193161336.978629.78580@t8g2000prg.googlegrou ps.com...
    >
    > After weeks of gruelling troubleshooting, I've finally had it
    > confirmed by Microsoft Australia and USA -- something as small as
    > swapping the video card or updating a device driver can trigger a
    > total Vista deactivation.
    >

    >
    > http://apcmag.com/vista_activation/



    Passed along the article to microsoft.public.windows.vista.general.....just
    to be helpful of course.....

    jim



  7. Re: WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate

    [H]omer wrote:

    > Spot the obvious flaw in WGA...
    >
    > Hmm, so just updating drivers triggers deactivation.
    >
    > Welcome to the Windows Genuine Advantage
    >

    there is a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft being built up right now
    over WGA

    http://www.classactionconnect.com/?q=node/715

    [ Is Microsoft?s Windows ?Genuine Advantage? program installed on your
    computer? Did you want it? Did Microsoft ask you before they installed it
    on your computer?

    If you feel that what Microsoft?s did with its Genuine Advantage program
    was wrong ? there is something you can do about it.

    Microsoft?s ?Genuine Advantage? program is now being challenged by a number
    of Windows XP users in Federal court. If you are interested in helping in
    this effort to hold Microsoft accountable for using your computer to help
    Microsoft chase down software pirates without asking for your permission,
    contact us. ]

  8. Re: WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate

    ____/ The Ghost In The Machine on Tuesday 23 October 2007 21:08 : \____

    > In comp.os.linux.advocacy, [H]omer
    >
    > wrote
    > on Tue, 23 Oct 2007 20:26:27 +0100
    > <4gu1v4-0gm.ln1@sky.matrix>:
    >> Verily I say unto thee, that nessuno@wigner.berkeley.edu spake thusly:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> After weeks of gruelling troubleshooting, I've finally had it
    >>> confirmed by Microsoft Australia and USA -- something as small as
    >>> swapping the video card or updating a device driver can trigger a
    >>> total Vista deactivation.
    >>>

    >>>
    >>> http://apcmag.com/vista_activation/
    >>>

    >>
    >> .----
    >> | The only problem? I had never changed my disk controller at any
    >> | point. Apparently because I had upgraded the Intel Matrix Storage
    >> | Manager application, this was reported as a major hardware change
    >> | event.
    >> `----
    >>
    >> Spot the obvious flaw in WGA...
    >>
    >> Hmm, so just updating /drivers/ triggers deactivation.
    >>
    >> Welcome to the Windows Genuine Advantage®
    >>

    >
    > It is indeed a genine advantage -- for Microsoft. I wish
    > I could say it was an advantage for the actual customer,
    > but never mind that, we're only tiny little cogs in the
    > Mighty Microsoft Marketing Machine, right?
    >
    > (And some people may wonder why I'm cynical.)


    There is at least one class-action lawsuit on its way. It's abuse of consumer
    rights.

    --
    ~~ Best of wishes

    ..oʍʇ sɐ buıɥʇ ɥɔns ou s,ǝɹǝɥʇ 'ɹǝpuǝq 'ʎɹɹoʍ ʇ,uop :ʎɹɟ
    ..oʍʇ ɐ ʍɐs ı ʇɥbnoɥʇ ı puɐ ...ǝɹǝɥʍʎɹǝʌǝ soɹǝz puɐ sǝuo .ɯɐǝɹp 1nɟʍɐ uɐ
    ʇɐɥʍ 'ɥɥɥɐ :ɹǝpuǝq

  9. Re: WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate

    In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy Schestowitz

    wrote
    on Wed, 24 Oct 2007 03:33:57 +0100
    <1387728.orOSsBqKNs@schestowitz.com>:
    > ____/ The Ghost In The Machine on Tuesday 23 October 2007 21:08 : \____
    >
    >> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, [H]omer
    >>
    >> wrote
    >> on Tue, 23 Oct 2007 20:26:27 +0100
    >> <4gu1v4-0gm.ln1@sky.matrix>:
    >>> Verily I say unto thee, that nessuno@wigner.berkeley.edu spake thusly:
    >>>
    >>>>
    >>>> After weeks of gruelling troubleshooting, I've finally had it
    >>>> confirmed by Microsoft Australia and USA -- something as small as
    >>>> swapping the video card or updating a device driver can trigger a
    >>>> total Vista deactivation.
    >>>>

    >>>>
    >>>> http://apcmag.com/vista_activation/
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>> .----
    >>> | The only problem? I had never changed my disk controller at any
    >>> | point. Apparently because I had upgraded the Intel Matrix Storage
    >>> | Manager application, this was reported as a major hardware change
    >>> | event.
    >>> `----
    >>>
    >>> Spot the obvious flaw in WGA...
    >>>
    >>> Hmm, so just updating /drivers/ triggers deactivation.
    >>>
    >>> Welcome to the Windows Genuine Advantage
    >>>

    >>
    >> It is indeed a genine advantage -- for Microsoft. I wish
    >> I could say it was an advantage for the actual customer,
    >> but never mind that, we're only tiny little cogs in the
    >> Mighty Microsoft Marketing Machine, right?
    >>
    >> (And some people may wonder why I'm cynical.)

    >
    > There is at least one class-action lawsuit on its way.
    > It's abuse of consumer rights.
    >


    I wish I could say that's good news...but hopefully at
    least there will be some justice served -- rather cold
    justice, to be sure, as it's been sitting in the freezer
    for more than a decade; presumably, the abuses started
    sometime at, or even before, Win95's release, which was
    more than a decade ago -- and then there's the Republican
    Congress of 1994-2005 and the Republican Presidency
    of 2001-present, both of which are a bit OT for this
    particular newsgroup but might be a factor in the zeal (or
    lack thereof) of pursuit of consumer rights in this area.

    We'll see. I'm also not sure how much of this was settled
    by

    http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal...s/default.mspx

    though since we're discussing Vista we might be looking at
    a fresh new round of litigation anyway. Let's hope it's
    a bit quicker than the last one.

    --
    #191, ewill3@earthlink.net
    "Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of
    elderberries!" - Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    --
    Posted via a free Usenet account from http://www.teranews.com


  10. Re: WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate

    ____/ The Ghost In The Machine on Wednesday 24 October 2007 16:36 : \____

    > In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy Schestowitz
    >
    > wrote
    > on Wed, 24 Oct 2007 03:33:57 +0100
    > <1387728.orOSsBqKNs@schestowitz.com>:
    >> ____/ The Ghost In The Machine on Tuesday 23 October 2007 21:08 : \____
    >>
    >>> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, [H]omer
    >>>
    >>> wrote
    >>> on Tue, 23 Oct 2007 20:26:27 +0100
    >>> <4gu1v4-0gm.ln1@sky.matrix>:
    >>>> Verily I say unto thee, that nessuno@wigner.berkeley.edu spake thusly:
    >>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> After weeks of gruelling troubleshooting, I've finally had it
    >>>>> confirmed by Microsoft Australia and USA -- something as small as
    >>>>> swapping the video card or updating a device driver can trigger a
    >>>>> total Vista deactivation.
    >>>>>

    >>>>>
    >>>>> http://apcmag.com/vista_activation/
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> .----
    >>>> | The only problem? I had never changed my disk controller at any
    >>>> | point. Apparently because I had upgraded the Intel Matrix Storage
    >>>> | Manager application, this was reported as a major hardware change
    >>>> | event.
    >>>> `----
    >>>>
    >>>> Spot the obvious flaw in WGA...
    >>>>
    >>>> Hmm, so just updating /drivers/ triggers deactivation.
    >>>>
    >>>> Welcome to the Windows Genuine Advantage®
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>> It is indeed a genine advantage -- for Microsoft. I wish
    >>> I could say it was an advantage for the actual customer,
    >>> but never mind that, we're only tiny little cogs in the
    >>> Mighty Microsoft Marketing Machine, right?
    >>>
    >>> (And some people may wonder why I'm cynical.)

    >>
    >> There is at least one class-action lawsuit on its way.
    >> It's abuse of consumer rights.
    >>

    >
    > I wish I could say that's good news...but hopefully at
    > least there will be some justice served -- rather cold
    > justice, to be sure, as it's been sitting in the freezer
    > for more than a decade; presumably, the abuses started
    > sometime at, or even before, Win95's release, which was
    > more than a decade ago -- and then there's the Republican
    > Congress of 1994-2005 and the Republican Presidency
    > of 2001-present, both of which are a bit OT for this
    > particular newsgroup but might be a factor in the zeal (or
    > lack thereof) of pursuit of consumer rights in this area.
    >
    > We'll see. I'm also not sure how much of this was settled
    > by
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal...s/default.mspx
    >
    > though since we're discussing Vista we might be looking at
    > a fresh new round of litigation anyway. Let's hope it's
    > a bit quicker than the last one.


    I'm beginning to wonder if this Windows kill switch is not just a piracy
    mechanism. It could be a coverup for Microsoft's agreement with the government
    that terrorists' PCs should be possible to disable (or worse -- taking a
    country's system down nation-wide, in case of war).

    --
    ~~ Best of wishes

    VISTA - Venereally-Infectious, Sexually-Transmitted Aliment
    http://Schestowitz.com | RHAT Linux | PGP-Key: 0x74572E8E
    17:05:01 up 8 days, 1:50, 3 users, load average: 0.90, 0.85, 0.87
    http://iuron.com - Open Source knowledge engine project

+ Reply to Thread