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Where's My COA??


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#1 angerli

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:07 AM

I have a brand new laptop with Win8 64 preloaded. Nice Dell 17R. I cannot no way find where the COA is, nor the Windows serial number. I want to register this with Microsoft, but can't do that without the COA. Dell says it's embedded. Sure is! I can't find it. Someone, please help!! Thanks, Sandy



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:26 AM

Hello :)

 

With a laptop, if the sticker is not anywhere obvious, it is probably under the battery. Turn the computer completely off, turn it upside down, and look for one or more latches on the battery. Slide them over, and hopefully the battery will now neatly slide out. Don't force anything.

 

Hopefully the sticker will be there (it is here to stop it getting scatched and worn so you can't read it during everyday use - it is a good thing, otherwise you will be back here like many people asking us how to read a damaged sticker, a much larger problem).

 

Write your code down, snap the battery back into place, and turn the computer on.

 

See here for more details if necessary: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001128.htm

 

Good luck!

 

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:22 PM

I have an ASUS Windows 8 Laptop and no COA. A Quick search in Google turned this up.

 

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-windows_install/where-do-i-find-the-windows-8-product-key-when-it/d4c5c0c1-825d-47f2-9bed-d9625c7e68ff

One of the improvements Microsoft is making to Activation 3.0 for newly built machines that come preloaded with Windows 8, you won’t have a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) sticker attached to the machine anymore. Instead, this will be embedded in the BIOS. This will avoid product keys from being compromised and OEMs will buy what they need.

 

Personally I prefer the Sticker myself.

 

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:41 PM

I didn't know about that Roger, thanks for the info :)


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:47 PM

I looked all over my ASUS when I bought it for the COA.

 

Here is a little more information if You are curious.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/03/windows_oem_activation_30/

 

Just as a point of Info If You bought a OEM Windows 8 to use with the new computer you built, it will have a COA with a product key.

They pretty much had to do that or put all the shops assembling custom computers out of business.

 

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 02:12 PM

Thank you :)


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