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Honor Student
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Member Since: ‎11-12-2012
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windows 8 serial key

hi,

 

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?

 

thanks

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Posts: 84,912
Member Since: ‎07-13-2010
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Re: windows 8 serial key

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Hi:

 

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.

 

http://www.mydigitallife.info/windows-8-to-have-oem-activation-3-0/

 

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.

 

Paul

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