New Laptops (and desktops?) come without COAs now?
Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:59 pm
While setting up my daughters laptop I see that there is not a COA sticker anywhere on the body of the laptop, the box, nor a paper included. I chatted with HP and they said the COA is embedded in the "Insyde" bios, will know inherently that it is authentic and activates automatically. It seems like it has to go even deeper than that since I already updated the bios to the latest on HP's site and it still let me upgrade to Win8.1... Still, it seems weird to not have an authentic COA on the case anywhere. I did use MagicJellyBean and found the key that is on record in the Win8 install, so I would like to wipe this bloatware build and install a clean OEM version of Win8 but I won't know if that key will be recognized with the OEM Win8 media that I have. They wouldn't answer that query and evaded by saying that I can use the recovery partition, but of course that just takes me back to their bloated version of Win8 that needs to be updated and upgraded and they aren't going to support me taking their version off even if it would be an improvement. After an OS has some time on it I like to use NLite to make a custom build with current updates so when I reinstall I don't have to re-update from scratch, so it remains to be seen whether I will be able to do that anymore.