When is a driver update not just an update?

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2007 - 08:46 AM |
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When Vista pegs it as completely new hardware.  Slashdot has a link to a story on how Vista's activation scheme can suddenly deactivate your PC and give you a nasty surprise.  We are all aware that enough changes to your hardware will deactivate your Windows install, and that you will have to call Microsoft to get it reinitialized, but in this case an update to the Intel Matrix Storage Manager was registered as a hardware change.  On the good side, Microsoft did help him track down the cause of his problem.

"After weeks of grueling 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. Put

simply, your copy of Windows will stop working with very little notice (three days) and your PC will go into

"reduced functionality" mode, where you can't do anything but use the web browser for half an hour."

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Source: Slashdot
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