I was recently called by a friend of mine to see if I could help him with a computer problem. Seems he could not boot up and his system was Vista. No problem, I thought to myself. Instead of trying to guide him through a recovery over the phone I was invited over to his house to show him how to fix it. I remembered that he had purchased and installed Acronis on his computer shortly after he had installed Vista and had made a complete backup of his system. To make a long story short, I showed him how to recover Vista using Acronis. The recovery went fine and I was about to leave when something very strange happened. You see, I unplugged his internet while I was making the recovery and after Acronis finished it's recovery and was rebooted everything was good until I replugged him back onto the internet. A message appeared saying that he would have to reactivate Vista. Why is he getting this message (I asked myself). I hit the reactivate button and no joy. Now he gets a message that his activation key is no good and that he may not have a ligit copy of windows. OK, I know this is false because everything about his copy of Vista is ligit. He purchased his copy from a ligit company and he did not try to install it on another computer because he only has one computer and doesn't know a whole heck of a lot about installing and maintaining a computer. I asked him if anyone else has access to his copy of Vista and he answered with a flat out NO. He showed me where he stored his copy of Vista and there it was on the bookcase with a little dust still on it, intact and not disturbed. His key was tacked to the back of his computer as is required by copyright. So, I deduced, that one of two things must have happend or is happening. Either, someone got a hold of his key over the internet and used it on another computer or Windows Vista DRM is not working correctly. Then another strange thing happened. This man uses Nortons 360 Ver 2 for internet protection. Again, Norton 360 was ligitimately paid for and downloaded from the Norton site. Norton did the same thing as Vista. It brings up a message to recativate Norton. So now I have to reactivate Norton which reactivated just fine because it's copyright allows you 3 activations. Acronis Works as advertized. It did it's job and restored the system just like new. Norton reactivated just fine but shouldn't have had to be reactivated. Vista works fine by skipping reativatation however can not be reactivated unless you call Mirosoft over the telephone. All this BS is not giving me a warm fuzzy feeling about MS or the internet. If this happens again, I know that something is rotten in Denmark. No offence Denmark. Keep an eye out all you techies.