Windows 8 Uses BIOS to Store Your Product Key

By  · Monday, Nov 26, 2012 2 Comments

Do you remember those stickers at the bottom of your notebook or somewhere on your desktop computer? Well this sticker actually has the product key from Microsoft to activate your product. For most of you they must have gone fade now if you purchased your machine a while ago but now with Windows 8 these keys will be stored in your BIOS, eliminating these stickers.

These stickers have two main issues – one as discussed above is that they simply fade away with time and you eventually loose your product key. Secondly even if Microsoft tries to place this sticker at some hidden place, there is still a possibility that someone may steal your key and use it to get a legitimate copy of windows.

Now with Windows 8, Microsoft is changing this trend by choosing a new place to store your product key i.e. your computer’s BIOS. With this idea, those computers which come with legit copy of Windows 8 will now have their product key stored in their BIOS eliminating those conventional stickers.

So if you get a laptop with Windows 8, you will notice that there is no conventional sticker displaying your product key. And if you want to re-install the operating system at later stage, this BIOS embedded product key will automatically be extracted from your BIOS so that you don’t have to enter it manually.

But an important issue that is being discussed right now is that what happens when you try to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro but your machine came with standard version of Windows 8. Now at the time of re-installation, since Windows is going to look for product key in motherboard BIOS, you will face the problem of getting activated with older version of Windows when you have the new license.

This is still controversial as installation will not allow you manually enter the product key, but we are yet to wait and see how this issue is addressed by Microsoft or someone finds a method to use your latest product key.

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  1. Stacie Roebuck says:

    Why is this costing me so much money? How to I get a promo code?


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