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Windows 8 OEM Product Key in BIOS

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#1 childofchernobyl


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Posted 28 December 2013 - 06:36 PM

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!




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Posted 29 December 2013 - 03:39 PM

Problem: People were stealing, (jotting down, or taking pictures of), Windows Product Keys.


Solution: Hide Windows Product Keys.

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