Well, it was inevitable. Microsoft’s Vista will deactivate if someone does something to their own computer the operating system doesn’t like, such as changing a video card or updating a device driver.
Earlier this year I wrote in a post entitled, “Ghastly la Vista, baby!” where I point out that “Once a weakness is found in a particular driver or device, that driver will have its signature revoked by Microsoft, which means that it will cease to function“.
Now it’s official. Vista user, James Bannan’s copy of the operating system announced he had three days to reactivate his system following a graphics card change or it would cease to function properly! Although he was finally able to reactivate the operating system he was unable to do so automatically over the Internet and instead had to telephone Microsoft to speak to a customer service representative.
Pathetic. Microsoft sells you an operating system for use on your computer with your hardware but deactivate the OS if you make some simple (and common) hardware changes.