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Old May 8, 2009, 06:27 AM
FiG FiG is offline
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Well, if it works for 5 minutes and then drops, it does sound liek it's a wireless issue. You should try connecting your XBOX via cable to your router and see if the problem still happens.

WIth regards to the problem I originally described, I did end up fixing it a while ago. As my last message postulated, it was indeed a problem with Windows Vista activation.

It turns out that when you need to reactivate vista (for example, like I did, after adding more ram, adding a 2nd hard drive, and replacing a videocard!) you will need to call MS and tell them why your reactiviating. NO big deal, and they give you a new activation number to use with vista.

What happens now (and it's really dumb) is that all teh DRM settings in windows were still "set" to that old activation key, and because it's invalid, other devices won't be able to trust your computer to share media!

THis is the solution:

Taken from: Aaron Stebner's WebLog : How to manually reset Digital Rights Management (DRM) in Windows Vista
How to manually reset Digital Rights Management (DRM) in Windows Vista

I have a system with Windows Vista and have been using Media Center to watch DRM-protected content for a while. Recently, I upgraded some hardware on my system, and now I can no longer view any DRM-protected content in Media Center. After some web searches, I found one of your old blog posts that describes a similar type of error message in Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. However, that post and the knowledge base article it refers to appear to be specific to older versions of Windows.
I have read that some types of hardware upgrades can cause DRM to stop working in Windows, and I suspect that is what is happening to me. How can I reset DRM on my system so that I can view protected content inside of Windows Vista Media Center again?
The knowledge base article linked in that old blog post (located at You may be unable to play protected content after your computer hardware changes) contains information that is applicable to Windows Vista as well as older versions of Windows, but it does not specifically state that it applies to Windows Vista.
According to this knowledge base article, you can reset DRM by deleting the files in the DRM folder on your system (but make sure to not delete the DRM folder itself because that can cause other problems on your system).
The default location of the DRM folder in Windows Vista is c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\DRM, but it might not be in the same location on every system. To reliably determine the location of the DRM folder on your system, you can look up the data in one of the following registry values:
For 32-bit versions of Windows Vista:
For 64-bit versions of Windows Vista:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\ DRM]
Note - the DataPath value is in binary format, so you will have to double-click on the DataPath value in regedit.exe and look at the right-hand column of the Edit Binary Value dialog box that appears to see the plain text version of the path.
Hope this helps anyone that comes across this problem!
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