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Windows 8 moves to BIOS-based product keys....

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    Windows 8 moves to BIOS-based product keys....


    Windows 8 moves to BIOS-based product keys
    Product keys for Windows 8 computers aren't printed on a sticker.
    They're encrypted in the BIOS. How might that affect you?

    My question: is this possible..?? Can a OS write to BIOS..??
    If it true you can NEVER switch to a other OS..!!! You need to buy a new PC...


    Source: Windows 8 moves to BIOS-based product keys | Windows 8 - CNET Reviews

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    If it burned it to BIOS once it can be burned again.
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    very unlikely i think...
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    The article says that the product key will be placed in the BIOS of a NEW OEM system. Since most OEM builders already replace the existing BIOS for a 'home brew' version it is easy for them to add a MS key to it.

    It says nowhere that MS will write the key to the BIOS when installing Windows on say a 'self assembled' computer. In the latter case you will still have to typ in the key.
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    Ah... so only if you buy a new pc with windows 8 installed on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dutchglory View Post
    Ah... so only if you buy a new pc with windows 8 installed on it.
    You've got it right there!

    And in that case it's not that bad. Actually, it's rather great I think. It's like using the backup DVD which is also pre-actived .
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    But you can never go back to windows 7 Or other os. MS getting to much power with this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dutchglory View Post
    But you can never go back to windows 7 Or other os. MS getting to much power with this...
    I don't think so. There is a Dutch saying that really describes this ==> "De soep wordt niet zo heet gegeten als ze wordt opgediend."

    I will translate it for the non Dutch people ==> "The soup isn't being eaten as hot as it is served." In this case meaning that it will not be as extreme as it is being brought here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dutchglory View Post
    But you can never go back to windows 7 Or other os. MS getting to much power with this...
    Welcome to EighForums.

    Why can you not install Windows 7?
    or Linux?
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    If license key is branded within BIOS, it could say "This is a Windows 8 PC, you can not install ... Please install windows 8.." not sure if that happens of cource...
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