Thanks, Mr Scott. I'll keep and eye on the disk check issue. Will also call MS today re the activation issue.
BTW, bios flash is sweet! Was able to install new BIOS via USB (I fudged it the first time, rolled back then flashed to desired version). Simple, quick, awesome!
Some notes: I'm still having issues updating the BIOS via AI suite auto update feature. Was working out of the box but stopped after June update. Any how usb works for now, but wanted to point that out.
Also USB charger plus seems to disable when computer goes to sleep (after June update as well). I synced with iphone/ipad issue still persists.
More notes: I update to v.1304 (held off on the latest and greatest) - issues with AI suite noted above still persist.