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18 Mar 2016   #21
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Now one thing I have done in the past is when the COA sticker is getting pretty worn is to make up a small amount of two pack glue something like Araldite (the five minute cure stuff is ideal) which dries clear and spreading a thin layer of this over the sticker and like wetting things sometimes makes the detail/letters more legible. The added bonus is the sticker is protected forever by the hardened glue


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18 Mar 2016   #22
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Always remember to keep the Glue side uppermost, otherwise the laptop could become a desktop
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18 Mar 2016   #23
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

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Always remember to keep the Glue side uppermost, otherwise the laptop could become a desktop
Yes certainly would be before the five minutes were up
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18 Mar 2016   #24
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
Now one thing I have done in the past is when the COA sticker is getting pretty worn is to make up a small amount of two pack glue something like Araldite (the five minute cure stuff is ideal) which dries clear and spreading a thin layer of this over the sticker and like wetting things sometimes makes the detail/letters more legible. The added bonus is the sticker is protected forever by the hardened glue

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The below is my personal subjective opinion and as such not intended to be taken personally, nor should it be taken as critic.
I've never had this issue. Whenever I get a new laptop or desktop with a pre-installed Windows, or software with a key sticker in the box, I take a photo of that, paste it to OneNote with additional information about for which device / software package it belongs. OneNote syncs this information to my OneDrive, from where I can always find the information when needed.

I do the same with serial and product keys received per email; I copy & paste the information to OneNote.

To "backup" this information I write the same in an Excel workbook, which is also synced to my OneDrive.

For me, a story like "my COA sticker is unreadable, please give me a key" is either a story about a lazy user or a try to get a pirated copy of Windows activated.

Kari
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18 Mar 2016   #25
Benteke

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Whenever I get a new laptop or desktop with a pre-installed Windows, or software with a key sticker in the box, I take a photo of that, paste it to OneNote with additional information about for which device / software package it belongs. OneNote syncs this information to my OneDrive, from where I can always find the information when needed.

I do the same with serial and product keys received per email; I copy & paste the information to OneNote.

To "backup" this information I write the same in an Excel workbook, which is also synced to my OneDrive.
That sounds like a solid idea.....


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
For me, a story like "my COA sticker is unreadable, please give me a key" is either a story about a lazy user or a try to get a pirated copy of Windows activated.

Kari
LOL... I hear you... I often used to think the same thing whenever I read a post from someone claiming that their COA sticker was worn or missing until I personally encountered a problem with the COA sticker on my laptop. It's nothing extreme like being completely illegible/worn/missing etc. (there's only one character which I cannot identify). But I purchased this laptop (brand new) back in early 2010 from Fry's Electronics, so I now believe it is possible.
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19 Mar 2016   #26
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Benteke View Post
LOL... I hear you... I often used to think the same thing whenever I read a post from someone claiming that their COA sticker was worn or missing until I personally encountered a problem with the COA sticker on my laptop. It's nothing extreme like being completely illegible/worn/missing etc. (there's only one character which I cannot identify). But I purchased this laptop (brand new) back in early 2010 from Fry's Electronics, so I now believe it is possible.
For your benefit, I am willing to expand my earlier statement to "For me, a story like "my COA sticker is unreadable, please give me a key" is either a story about a lazy user or a try to get a pirated copy of Windows activated. In some cases it might also be a story about a user who wasn't careful enough to prepare for the future".

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20 Mar 2016   #27
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Writing the code on a piece of masking tape, then putting it in the battery compartment works great too, you can then cover that with scotch tape so it doesn`t wear away.

On a desktop I write it on the inside with a sharpie.
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20 Mar 2016   #28
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

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've never had this issue. Whenever I get a new laptop or desktop with a pre-installed Windows, or software with a key sticker in the box
Yep I do exactly the same myself now Kari my glue method I used when I had to use my old trusty Toshiba and the code was getting a little tatty.
I also keep codes passwords and important info on my android now too any codes I bring up with MJB for example I snip ans save to Picrures and mail that all to myself so that on my six machines I have six copies in fact way too much replication I suppose
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20 Mar 2016   #29
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

One thing to watch with using multiple copies on synchronized devices is that if you accidentally delete an item on one device before you know it they have been deleted everywhere
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