Old, I think we'll all learn how "Up yers!" sounds.
Well, I haven't seen NIC-driver issues but I'm sure we'll hear about them. Of course, "phone it in" is going to be their answer.
But the one thing I preferred about a pre-activation time was loading software and making sure everything that NEEDED a sequence-of-installs was loaded in proper order. Otherwise, I'd often wipe out an Install & do a Quick Format, and re-load Windows again. Pre-activation.
Which was fine. "Getting it right" seemed like a good deal. Now, with Activation required, how long will it be before MS stuffs an hour's worth of WinUpdates down my throat before I can install any of MY software?!! It may take a few months for MS to come up with that many fixes, but they will...