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
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.
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
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