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This gallery shows you what you can expect from Windows Vista when it enters reduced functionality mode.
This is an unactivated copy of Windows Vista running in Virtual PC 2007. Things are currently running normally - but this is about to change as I push the date forward to 1 day after the deadline for activation.
Uh-oh! The first thing to kick in is a message telling me that Windows is not genuine and that Windows DreamScene isn't working. OK, I can live with that.
I reboot the system and now I'm faced with a Windows Activation dialog box that offers me a number of options.