Quote: Originally Posted by jagman55
....... you get the COA in ONLY one place [one copy] when you buy a COA from Microsoft and HP. NEXT time, I have learned my lesson and warned all my friends.......
You are absolutely correct. Inasmuch as that COA key was not used to activate the OEM system, you will not find it anywhere neither in the Registry nor elsewhere in the OS.
Whenever my close friends buy a Royalty OEM (such as Dell, Acer, HP,Lenovo ....) laptop, I advise them two tings.
1. to back up the OEM activation with any software that is freely available on the net, so that if need be it can be restored in exceptional circumstances. ( Please note the OEM activation will go through automatically only if you have a valid OEM embedded SLIC on your machine, So there is no piracy or illegality in it.).
2. to take a snapshot of the COA sticker and then remove the sticker. ( Anyone who copies the COA key can activate any other system with the same OS edition, and you will be left high and dry when you use it.
. Not a cock and bull story but has happened and can happen as long as there are unscrupulous elements. )
And, yes, store them on atleast two media for redundancy.