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From what I read with OA 2.1, that Windows 7 uses, it does not activate online. It looks like the new OA 3.0, that Windows 8 uses, does though. cluberti obviously knows a lot more about it than I do. Times they are a changing. ;)

Thanks for the detail (I now know it's called OA 3.0). :)
I just tried to describe how it all went the first day of usage.
The good news is that it went pretty well. The only time for long faces was when I compared the procedure with the one Win7 was using (OA 2.1).

The only PC with Windows 8 preinstalled on it that I have had my hands on has been on display at Staples. And that one was tethered to the desk. It doesn't surprise me much though, to find out that even preinstalled OEM versions now activate online too.
I'm sure the 40$ limited time offer is an attempt to sway some of those that would otherwise try to pirate Windows 8.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2

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From what I read with OA 2.1, that Windows 7 uses, it does not activate online. It looks like the new OA 3.0, that Windows 8 uses, does though. cluberti obviously knows a lot more about it than I do. Times they are a changing. ;)

Thanks for the detail (I now know it's called OA 3.0). :)
I just tried to describe how it all went the first day of usage.
The good news is that it went pretty well. The only time for long faces was when I compared the procedure with the one Win7 was using (OA 2.1).

The only PC with Windows 8 preinstalled on it that I have had my hands on has been on display at Staples. And that one was tethered to the desk. It doesn't surprise me much though, to find out that even preinstalled OEM versions now activate online too.
I'm sure the 40$ limited time offer is an attempt to sway some of those that would otherwise try to pirate Windows 8.

Sounds logic, the thing with the 40$. And the new key-stuff procedure seems simpler.

I now see it:
Note that OA3 doesn't use SLIC tables anymore, although only Windows 8 uses OA3 - Windows Server 2012 can still be activated using the older OA2.x methodology. And there's no more requirement to ship a CoA sticker on the PC itself, although I do believe they still have to provide recovery media or a DVD and some proof of purchase. I haven't acquired an OEM machine with Windows 8 yet, so I'm not sure what should ship, but there's still a requirement for those at the least I believe.

And the other thread too:
http://www.eightforums.com/vip-lounge/11228-no-coas-oem-pcs.html#post131004

Nice work guys!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy DV6 7250
    CPU
    Intel i7-3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
    Sound Card
    IDT HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6' built-in + Samsung S22D300 + 17.3' LG Phillips
    Screen Resolution
    multiple resolutions
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 250GB + Hitachi HDD 750GB
    PSU
    120W adapter
    Case
    small
    Cooling
    laptop cooling pad
    Keyboard
    Backlit built-in + big one in USB
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Sensei
    Internet Speed
    slow and steady
    Browser
    Chromium, Pale Moon, Firefox Developer Edition
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's basically it.

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yeah it certainly looks like the key is just bound to the machine.

so it does raise a few concerns, if motherboards need replaced in a laptop outside of the warranty period, and a few other issues.

but nothing end of the world like, will try it tomorrow at work to see how it works for myself anyway.

thank you to everyone that replied, their was a great deal of helpful comments and i'll add rep to you all as you all deserve it:)
 

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