In particular Microsoft is looking to improve the way they deal with OEM editions of Windows, making it significantly harder for pirates and rogue OEM’s to circumvent paying their dues to Redmond. In the past several OEM’s used a single activation key, however going forward with Windows 8, they will be required to write a unique Windows product key into the BIOS of each new machine shipped.
OEM’s will also be forced to obtain their product keys directly from Microsoft electronically, and each machine will come with a “Genuine Microsoft” sticker affixed to the outside of the case. In the past machines were only required to come with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Edit: Seems to be repost of this. http://www.overclock.net/t/1289985/tr-microsoft-tightens-grip-on-oem-windows-8-licensing. Can lock this thread?
Edited by skyisover - 8/6/12 at 10:43am