What is a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) label?
A Certificate of Authenticity (COA) label helps you and your customers identify genuine Microsoft Windows software. Without it, your customers will not have a legal license to run their Windows software.
Each COA label includes advanced anti-counterfeiting features to help verify the software's authenticity. The COA label is included with each individual software license. For preinstalled Microsoft Windows operating systems, the COA label must be affixed by the system builder to the PC chassis. The COA label also includes the product key, which will be needed in the event the operating system needs to be reinstalled. COA labels must be distributed as part of the full System Builder software license, which also includes the hologram CD and documentation. A COA is not a software license.
It is a visual aid that helps in determining whether Microsoft software is genuine. A COA should never be purchased, sold, or distributed by itself without the software it authenticates. COA labels cannot be distributed as standalone items. Get more information about the COA
That's what I was posting about earlier....
If the CoA isn't attached that's not a good thing. Note how it says it MUST be affixed to the chassis? If it's not then those OEM's are not following the licensing guidelines.
Heartripper, on 29 October 2012 - 06:46, said:
Have you tried with a keyfinder software? I haven't tried in 8, but I used one to save my 7 license before formatting.
All of the keyfinder software out there I've tried does not show your actual Win8 key. I've tried all the big name ones, and some of the smaller ones...they all get it wrong. So the software out there needs updating to figure out the correct license...but on top of that normally the key on the sticker and the key on the box are not the same.
However with most PC's I'm hearing this shouldn't be a problem. Someone earlier posted about how they were trying to install Windows 8 Pro on a machine they bought that had WIndows 8 (Core) installed...and it kept auto-installing Core without even asking them for a key.
So it seems most of these machines even with regular install media don't need you to put in the key anymore since the machines are picking things up. I don't know if this is true all the way around...but it is interesting.