Today, I wanted to update Vista RC1 to RC2. When I booted up, Vista informed me that I have to activate it before I can logon. Unfortunately, I used a private IP. So Vista Activation wasn't able to phone home. No problem you say? Just enter a public IP and go ahead. But how can you do that without logging on?
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Vista Activation allows you to setup DSL (PPOE) and a dial up connection, but you can't access the network card settings. Then I thought that Microsoft's developers are smart guys. I was sure that I can logon in safe mode to change the IP. Well, what can I say? No way! I was such a bad boy that I didn't activate Vista in time, thus I am not even allowed to logon in safe mode.
Maybe there is trick to it, but I really don't have the time to play with Vista Activation all day. Now you might ask why not just wait until there is a cracked version available? Then I would genuinely get an advantage since I don't have to mess around with product keys and activation? You're probably right.
Anyway, I learned my lesson. Activate Vista before using a private IP! Otherwise you'll end up reinstalling it.
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Update: I posted several other articles about Vista activation. Please, check out the Related section below for a complete list.