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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 PCs now keep their product keys in the BIOS, a move that offers both pros and cons.

    In the past, a new Windows PC would display its product key on a sticker, usually on the side of a desktop and on the base or the bottom of the battery compartment on a laptop. But with Windows 8, Microsoft has switched gears and now stores the key as a BIOS setting instead.


    Read more at source:
    Windows 8 moves to BIOS-based product keys | Windows 8 - CNET Reviews



    Note   Note
    This is only for newly built OEM machines that come preloaded with Windows 8.


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    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    This whole product-key/activation BS should be banned by law.

    After my experience with the Pro RTM I seriously doubt I'll bother with 8 now.

    MS have screwed the pooch once too often, IMO.

    My convenience and ease-of-use should be paramount, NOT their bottom-line.

    No bloody wonder people 'pirate'.
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    It should kill the SLIC BIOS hack/cheat currently used to pirate Windows 7. From what I reading though, a glitch in the product activation with the free Media Center upgrade key is now being exploited to get Windows 8 for free. That didn't take long.
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    Well, that would make up for the glitches I had with activating the Pro RTM.

    I'm finding it very hard to be sympathetic ATM.

    (And no, I did NOT attempt that hack. Maybe I should have...).
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    I hear you, it's no fun when activation screws up and leaves you in one of those WTF moments. On the plus side it looks like this new Windows 8 OEM activation works with your regular off the shelf install media. If it sees the embedded key it uses it automatically, it if doesn't you get asked to enter your code manually. No more having to have the specially branded install media. That should make fixing somebody else's PC easier. Trying to read the product code off of a faded scratched COA sticker is a pain to say the least.
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    Trying to read the product code off of a faded scratched COA sticker is a pain to say the least.

    Yeah, hope I don't ever need to reinstall Vista on the 5735.... you can (just) recognise
    it as a COA sticker, but that's about all.
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    This new BIOS activation method might be interesting. It seems like it would make replacing a SSD or hard drive pretty easy as one just needs to install Windows, activation is already done. But I do wonder how upgrading will work to Windows 9. Does the product key carry over? There was a line in that article that questioned how would one install Windows 8 Pro over the base version. You'd need to do that within Windows 8 to start off with. But then again, if you're replacing a dead drive, and didn't know that the core version product key is installed, and tried to install Windows 8 Pro, how does THAT work?

    It looks like technology is progressing as it should be: as things become more simple to use, fixing those things becomes a MAJOR pain in the groin.

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    Point is that I don't want anyone, including Microsoft, anywhere NEAR my BIOS.

    There is NO benefit to ME, only to them.

    This piracy-paranoia has gone WAY too far when it affects aspects of MY machine
    that the OS/program designers should be kept well away from.

    As for 'security' well, that's MY problem and MY worry, not Microsoft's.
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    Hi there
    What happens if you want to buy a FULL RETAIL version of W8 and install it on to one of these wretched "Bios Jinxed" Machines.

    Booting direct from a VHD probably can bypass this whole mess if you can set it up --although probably won't work with GPT / UEFI systems.

    I'd always uninstall a store bought PC's OS complete with all the bloatware / adware / trials and crapware and install the Full Retail version anytime.

    If this stuff makes using / installing software too complex then I'm chosing something else. I've already abandoned ACRONIS because of the ACTIVATION schemes they now use since Version 2012. The current 2013 release is even worse a mess.

    This sort of stuff just increases the use of those well known Torrent sites with no real benefit to anybody.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    What happens if you want to buy a FULL RETAIL version of W8 and install it on to one of these wretched "Bios Jinxed" Machines.

    Booting direct from a VHD probably can bypass this whole mess if you can set it up --although probably won't work with GPT / UEFI systems.

    I'd always uninstall a store bought PC's OS complete with all the bloatware / adware / trials and crapware and install the Full Retail version anytime.

    If this stuff makes using / installing software too complex then I'm chosing something else. I've already abandoned ACRONIS because of the ACTIVATION schemes they now use since Version 2012. The current 2013 release is even worse a mess.

    This sort of stuff just increases the use of those well known Torrent sites with no real benefit to anybody.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Why don't you just buy the Non-OS version of the PC? Saves you ALOT of money instead of the OEM License + Retail License.
    Indonesia has a lot of those thingies
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