I did a fresh install about a month ago, so most updates report 8/2/17 or 9/2/17. I installed basically Vista7SlicLdr2.4.8 that I had from a while back, for activation. I was careful and carefree enough, to not install KB971033 as it kills the above process, I read online, but put windows updates to full auto. All were fine, until yesterday. Out of the blue, Windows refused to activate and began nagging me. I did what every "novice" man would do and reinstalled Vista7SlicLdr2.4.8, a couple of times, with no success. I upped the game a bit and looked at the control panel, KB971033 had made its appearance once more. I uninstalled it and reported back to my "novice" position and reinstalled a couple more times Vista7SlicLdr2.4.8 with still no success. Mind you that all my drives are gbt, you know, the ones with the "globally unique identifier"? At this point I became somewhat uninterested, and thought to myself, "The nagging most prominently begins at start up, and since I rarely close the pc, If I keep the nagging minimized would it bother me? Probably not . I'll take my chances. Does the black background? Not. So, leave it be? But then I became worried, what if they up the game also, what functionality out of the already semi impaired programs would I lose? So I uninstalled randomly, a couple more KBs, just out of frustration. Obviously, that, did not help. I do not know how does this affect my system, and do not care so much as to "will I be able to run ETKA from Linux?" But given my curious nature, I found this site again and began reading the vast bibliography that is present. I run as instructed MGADIAG, so what? to inform me that it's not activated? And found that WHDownloader is basically, I mean, come on people, people on my level do just fine, just why you've done it so hard to use? Then I uninstalled the telemetry KBs. Most of them I believe, because I was too tired to read all the thread... And then I stumbled, to Rearm Wizard! So I installed Rearm Wizard, and it worked! I basically run once again Vista7SlicLdr2.4.8 just to be square with my "novice" self. Now update tells me to update telemetry KBs once again, so, its activated? I mean, the whole point of activation, is to receive updates to correct the semi impaired programs, and plug security holes that we're not even aware of?! Also, I stood before a multi-billion company and won? I'm not that naive. I believe the boys up there, just got bored.