Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Monday November 26, 2012

Windows 8 Using BIOS-Based Product Keys?

BIOS-based Windows 8 product keys? So what happens when you have to reinstall Windows 8 after your motherboard dies? What about installing your legit copy of Windows 8 from an older system to a new build?

One of the improvements Microsoft is making to Activation 3.0 for newly built machines that come preloaded with Windows 8, you won't have a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) sticker attached to the machine anymore. Instead, this will be embedded in the BIOS. This will avoid product keys from being compromised and OEMs will buy what they need.