Vista to automatically revoke activation?

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 12, 2007
Updated • Apr 20, 2013
Windows, Windows Vista

I stumbled upon an interesting article about a specific behavior of the Windows Vista operating system where a blog author described an unusual behavior that he was experiencing while running the operating system. The Windows Vista version in question was fully activated and genuine, and the issue started to appear after installing a version of the upcoming massively multiplay online roleplaying game 9 Dragons. The game was in open beta at that point in time.
The game started up normally and the author was able to play it for a while. Suddenly, the game was minimized while the author of the article played it and a notification by the Vista operating system popped up instead. The message that was displayed on the screen told the player that the copy of Windows Vista that was in use was not genuine.The attempt to reactivate the operating system failed, even though the correct key was supplied during the process. The operating system and Microsoft's servers somehow would not accept the product key anymore even though it had been accepted before as the system was activated before.

I am playing the game when all of a sudden I get popped out of my game back to desktop with a message that my copy of Vista isn’t Genuine. Now I have the reciept, the box it came in, and the hole in my bank account to prove that I do indeed have a legal copy. It turns out that if you install a program your copies of Windows Vista will unactivate itself. I am livid, where does Microsoft get off telling me what I can put on my personal PC? I have been a Wintel network administrator going on 11 years now, and this just seems so over the top.

It was only after uninstallation of the9 Dragons game that the attempt to activate the Windows Vista operating system was accepted.

If this story really holds true it is a remarkable one. Why on earth would Windows Vista revoke the activation - this would be the main questions that would have to be answered.

This looks like a way for Microsoft to revoke the activation on systems that run known pirated keys or install software that would probably try to interfere with Windows Vista core processes.


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  1. ameur said on December 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    probleme de msg bloqué serveur pop3 prèt mais ne repond pas

  2. me said on February 27, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    back door rootkit sounds like but then there goes your privacy

  3. wilson said on February 18, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    actually…. the same thing happen to me. I recently bought a laptop with window vista home edition pre-installed, and when I try playing 9 dragons, I ran into the exact same problem. I don’t why this occur, but I trying to find the root of the problem, whether it is the game or the os.

  4. Blur3d said on February 14, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    I am not so sure about he reliability of this information…

    I am a developer and received several emails from a woman claiming that my tool was not working, “i have installed several times and it just doesn’t work” she stated sever times.

    After me wondering why for around 3 days, i got a 5 or 6th email from her stating “I am really sorry, i didn’t know what the status bar was! dont be angry”.

    As my tool was a firefox plug in designed for the status bar, with images included, i have changed my view of peoples comments, especially when i don’t know their background.

    1. Martin said on February 14, 2007 at 2:07 pm

      I agree that the story lacks proof of what actually happened but I think I made that clear in the article.

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