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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.
Control Panel is looking sparse.
Problem Reports and Solutions is no help either.
If instead of entering reduced functionality mode (image 3) you choose to enter another product key, this is what you see.
I’ve now pushed the date on another 30 days after expiry of the trial mode and things are looking more basic now. No desktop wallpaper, no Start Menu, no wallpaper. Here are the alternative activation methods (another option from the dialog box displayed in image 3).
What, no Task Bar?
You can still use Internet Explorer to access the file system …
… and Command Prompt still works.