What does Windows Vista reduced functionality mode look like?



February 26th, 2007

Windows Vista reduced functionality mode is what Microsoft does to users who haven't activated their copy of Vista in 30 days of who the Redmond giant thinks are running a pirated copy.  It's a little like being made to stand in the corner with the dunce hat on.  It's not nice.

Vista reduced functionality

Posts by Dwight Silverman on TechBlog and Ed Bott on the Microsoft Report prompted me to quickly throw together a gallery showing you exactly what users who don't activate or who are caught (legitimately or not) in the WGA net will see.

I'll tell you now, it ain't pretty.  If you know your way around Windows Vista (like Dwight, Ed and I do) then it isn't the end of the world, but if you're an average home or small office user then you could be well and truly stuck.  I can see a lot of legitimate users who have been hit by a WGA or activation glitch handing over more cash to Microsoft to make the problem go away.

I've also put together a gallery showing you how to regain full functionality.  However, it's important to note that if your copy expired unexpectedly of if you are having issues activating that this is nothing more than a temporary Band Aid - there's still an underlying issue that needs to be fixed.  Microsoft has some information here that might be of help - the update available here might fix the issue.

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