Thought you might want a reminder about Windows Genuine Advantage!
All versions of Vista require some form of activation, including VL versions (note: many big OEMs pre-activate)
PCs that fail to activate properly will be put into reduced functionality mode (RFM) after a 30 day grace period. We want to make sure you are alerted and have a variety of options to ensure they have a genuine copy of Windows, providing them a full and secure Windows Vista experience.
Here is how it works…
- If Vista fails to activate properly within 30 days, fails periodic validation, or is found to have been tampered with (for example, binary hacks to defeat activation), the customer/user will only be able to use their default web browser. No other applications will work. Users can still reboot in Safe Mode to access their data.
- The remedies currently available are to return to the reseller, insisting on genuine Windows, or purchase a genuine FPP Vista and reinstall. We are also working on additional Windows Vista legalization options to ensure that getting genuine is easy for the customer/user.
For more detailed information on this topic, it's worth reading the following whitepaper:
There's also more useful information available on the Genuine Microsoft Software available here: