First, I have to say that I am a long-time lurker. I have often come to the forums for research while at work (ie, I work in computer repair and custom builds) and have found Bleeping Computer to be a god-send
So, I have been dreading since 2012 the arrival of Windows 8 systems at the shop. Naturall I have done things like push Classic Shell installation for all users. Here is one thing my boss and I have discovered early on that I was wondering about:
Windows 8 implements OEM Activation 3.0 and automatically detects the license and activates during the setup if you are using a legit OEM PC. If the OEM machine has a UEFI which is an interface between your OS and the BIOS then your OS will use Activation 3.0. You will not get a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) period. The COA is in the BIOS, all you will have is a small square Windows 8 logo decal.
This is handy at some small level but I am wondering of what unseen problems this is going to cause down the road. I am expecting that the normal clean install of the OEM will now have serious problems that I have never faced before. With the license bound to the BIOS (and not the previous label method for all other OS's), i am anticipating things like the the license being lost via from the BIOS virus attacks. Should that happen I can only image that Microsoft will simply say 'So sorry about that", here's how to pay for and download a new product key.
So what are others thought so on this? Thanks in advance!