Vista... when it first came out, I can remember the bitch fest that came with "reactivation" that ensued after people made upgrades to their machines. For some, a video card would pass, but swap the CPU, and those 2 changes would result in a locked OS and a "we need you to call us and re-validate your OS" from MS on the machine.
I remember that the CPU held a lot of weight and that it seemed that the MAC address on the NIC also held a ton.
Well... I just did maintainence on Deuce. I took out the AM2 Zotac based mobo and replaced it with an ASUS M3N-72D. Both were 750a chipsets, so I knew that if I kept my drives in the same basic order and used the same AHCI technology, Vista might take this with minimal fuss.
Folks, this is a new mobo, a new (and different proc), different RAM, and since it is a new mobo, that means a new integrated NIC and MAC address. All things that told me "prepare for the long dark night that is Microsoft... and their locking my Deuce and beckoning me to call them".
My OS is Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit, and I powered the machine up, most everything recognized (had to reinstall the NVidia drivers for the video card to have SLI initialize properly)....
But that was IT. No locks, no calls, no "read me the 25 character alpha numeric activation code so that I can give you a 30 character activation response and unlock your machine".... nothing!
It just transfered and worked as smoothly as I Had hoped!
But my question to you is, was I just lucky, or did MS finally kick that party doll to the curb and stop forcing people to do that? Or is it a perk with Vista Ultimate?
I'm ecstatic right now... but a bit perplexed!