I managed to wreck Windows Vista accidently in record breaking time, only a
few minutes needed:

1. Remove all protocols from "connections".

2. Remove network device.

3. Wait until Vista detects it's a non genuine copy or it's trail has

4. Reboot

End result:



1. An internet connection is needed to re-activate Vista !

2. Trying to restore the TCP/IP Stack via last known good configuration did
not work (Black screen only).

3. Trying to restore the TCP/IP Stack via safe mode is not possible because
safe mode not allowed in reduced mode.

4. Windows Vista was unable to restore the TCP/IP Stack by itself.

Background story:

I installed Vista in Virtual PC to test it out. I tried to get the virtual
network working via a loopback adapter, I did the same with Windows 95 in a
virtual pc.

The funny thing is: Windows 95 worked perfectly and detected the virtual
network hardware. Windows Vista totally XXXXed-up, me only partially to
blame.. I did not give Windows Vista a chance to boot-up, it was already
running from a previous virtual session, maybe if I did a reboot it might
have all worked flawlessly.. however it still should have worked after I
removed everything because that's EXACTLY what I did in Windows 95 and it
worked there, and probably in XP it would have work as well. Many times
rebooting Vista did not fix the problem !


Windows 95 and Windows XP OWN Windows Vista BIG TIME.

Pretty XXXXing unbelievable.

Also fortunately for me I do have a backup of the virtual machine
somewhere.. I am not sure if it's infected though.. cause I used it to
test something out


commented: nice job, maybe i could try to break this record in my future vista machine! +1

On top of it they are going to stop supporting windows XP !! Time to move to linux .

I'd rather not argue a Vista vs. XP (or vs. 95, that's just silly), but hopefully your backup copy works out. Of course, if you've used Vista for a full trial you should know if you're going to activate, and I'd hoping you're not using a pirated copy (if you are, you get what you deserve).


bloody pirates put up the prices of vista for everyone

commented: agree!! +1