Windows Vista crashded and don't accept product key anymore

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Dass Spiel ist aus, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. A very nasty incident happened today. I tried to install AuzenTech HDA
    XPlosion to my 32-bit Vista. There were some problems after having installed
    AuzenTech's beta drivers. I did scanned the memory in order to find possible
    problems in memory. After the Vista's memory test Vista did allow me to log
    in, but wanted to have the product key. After having given it, Vista gave me
    an error message in hexadecimal form (something linke 0x8000000) and began to
    claim that the operating system is not original.
    Dass Spiel ist aus, Mar 18, 2007
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  2. Richard G. Harper, Mar 18, 2007
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  3. Thanks for your answer. I'm mainly interested in, if a poorly written device
    driver can cause such a mess. Unfortunately MS's help wasn't able to help me
    to reinitialize the product, (it is Sunday here). It was impossible to "roll
    back" the operating system to the point it was before the installation. There
    were three recovery points, but something was missing from the boot segment,
    or at least I interpreted the error messages so. I don't think that the copy
    of my Vista could be a pirate, because it was purchased to me by my employer
    in order to let me use it in my home office.

    I think that kind of anti piracy protection is a bit Draconian. I have
    plenty of my text and source code locked in the machine.
    Dass Spiel ist aus, Mar 18, 2007
  4. Dass Spiel ist aus

    Dave B. Guest

    The key term here is "beta drivers". Unless you have a known good backup
    (which you apparently didn't), it's not a good idea to be running beta
    anything on your main production PC unless your prepared to deal with the
    possible fallout. Doesn't help you now, but lesson learned maybe.

    Dave B., Mar 20, 2007
  5. The good thing is, that I use a simple disk mirroring. It is't obviously not
    the best backup mechanism in situations like this. I think I need to put the
    second disk in another computer that can read NTFS and write the contents to
    a USB drive.

    Does anyone have better ideas?
    Dass Spiel ist aus, Mar 20, 2007
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