11-23-2012 12:08 PM
i have just bought an hp pvailion desktop. i have had a win 7 desktop previously from hp and all was fine.
however on this desktop it has no win8 serial key. only a win8 sticker.
i called hp and they said that microsoft does not give serial keys for your pc anymore for re install etc.
i called microsoft as per hp tech support and they said that it should have come with a serial key.
i have googled and vannot see anywhere about not coming with a serial key. so where is it and what info is correct?
11-23-2012 12:18 PM - edited 11-23-2012 12:20 PM
It is funny that Microsoft has introduced Activation 3.0 and their support staff doesn't even know that the old COA sticker is a thing of the past.
The product key is now encoded in the BIOS.
That is bad because no longer will we be able to use a plain W8 install disk to reinstall the OS.
We will either have to use the recovery partition or recovery disks, or buy some retail version of W8.