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March 26, 2013 3:04:42 AM

I recently bought a laptop with windows 8 on it, but there is no COA sticker on it, how do i check whether my windows i legit or pirated.

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March 26, 2013 3:51:37 AM

If you bought this from a legitimate vendor it will be genuine windows. Check under the battery for the Product-Key sticker if its not on the bottom of the laptop. If your laptop does not have a product key sticker and you bought it from a legitimate vendor contact them to find out why the key is not there.

Run this tool for windows verification: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/exe-validation....
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March 26, 2013 6:15:48 AM

You might check on the wall wart power adapter also. Believe it or not, that's where I found mine on an Asus laptop.
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March 26, 2013 10:04:32 AM

If the unit shipped with Windows 8 and you bought it from a major OEM like Dell or Asus, check the activation status. If the OS is able to acivate, your copy is legit. OEM machines do not have product keys on the COA sticker anymore, as they are encoded in the BIOS. You can use a key finder app to get the key, but it won't do you any good on any other machine, or with a retail copy of Windows 8.
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March 26, 2013 6:23:42 PM

Windows Activation is showing "Windows Activated" and i was able to do a windows update, so can conclude that my windows 8 is genuine? and yes i bought a dell laptop from a retailer
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March 26, 2013 7:09:32 PM

The would be a pretty safe assumption. If Dell was using illegal keys, news outlets would be reporting it.
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March 26, 2013 11:34:41 PM

The_Prophecy said:
If the unit shipped with Windows 8 and you bought it from a major OEM like Dell or Asus, check the activation status. If the OS is able to acivate, your copy is legit. OEM machines do not have product keys on the COA sticker anymore, as they are encoded in the BIOS. You can use a key finder app to get the key, but it won't do you any good on any other machine, or with a retail copy of Windows 8.


Heard about Key imbedded in BIOS, but that poses a question, what do you do if the HDD fails? Will a standard Installation Disk inspect the BIOS for a key?
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March 27, 2013 7:46:40 AM

i bet it is a lenovo, for some reason they no longer put stickers on them and big box stores will tell you that you need to contact them for the number.
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March 27, 2013 11:27:10 PM

dodger46 said:
The_Prophecy said:
If the unit shipped with Windows 8 and you bought it from a major OEM like Dell or Asus, check the activation status. If the OS is able to acivate, your copy is legit. OEM machines do not have product keys on the COA sticker anymore, as they are encoded in the BIOS. You can use a key finder app to get the key, but it won't do you any good on any other machine, or with a retail copy of Windows 8.


Heard about Key imbedded in BIOS, but that poses a question, what do you do if the HDD fails? Will a standard Installation Disk inspect the BIOS for a key?


If the drive fails, you contact the OEM for a replacement as usual. If you decide to install your own drive in the meantime (assuming the OEM will send you a replacement before you return the defective one instead of making you ship them the whole unit) you would need to install your own copy, or have made a recovery disk ahead of time. If you are using a prebuilt machine that has it's own custom recovery image, search the Settings section of the Start Screen for "Create a Recovery drive". Should take you right to it.

the great randini said:
i bet it is a lenovo, for some reason they no longer put stickers on them and big box stores will tell you that you need to contact them for the number.


Not just Lenovo that does this. I know for a fact that Asus does it as well, as I have bought Asus systems that shipped with Windows 8. I suspect the rest of them do too. I can't say from first-hand knowledge though... I would only be guessing on the other manufacturers.
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March 27, 2013 11:43:52 PM

"If you decide to install your own drive in the meantime (assuming the OEM will send you a replacement before you return the defective one instead of making you ship them the whole unit) you would need to install your own copy, or have made a recovery disk ahead of time."

Bit tricky if the failed disk won't run a keyfinder! Installation Media won't complete without a valid key...
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March 28, 2013 12:46:44 PM

Not needed. If you install a retail copy, you have the key already and don't need a finder. If you create a recovery disk, it simply applies the image and doesn't ask for a key. When you boot the applied image for the first time and get into Windows, it will read the key from the BIOS and activate itself in the background.
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March 28, 2013 3:24:14 PM

The_Prophecy said:
Not needed. If you install a retail copy, you have the key already and don't need a finder. If you create a recovery disk, it simply applies the image and doesn't ask for a key. When you boot the applied image for the first time and get into Windows, it will read the key from the BIOS and activate itself in the background.


Agreed, but how many actually go to the trouble of creating recovery disks? Next to none in my experience, and all too often I'm faced with laptops with a dead HDD and having to rely on my not inconsiderable supply of 'backup' OS installation software. Guess there will be a few more applications for recovery media from the manufacturers in future...
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