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Windows 7: Protecting COA Stickers

19 Feb 2014   #1
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Protecting COA Stickers

I've seen several threads on various forums about people having trouble activating Windows reinstallations because the COA sticker was worn to the point of being unreadable, especially on laptops. Instead of waiting of waiting until one has a problem, dig out a camera and take a close up picture of the sticker while it is still readable and keep several copies of the file in safe places. That way, you will always have it in case the sticker becomes too worn to read. Putting a piece of heavy, clear packing tape over the sticker will help to prevent wear on the sticker.


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19 Feb 2014   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Taking a picture is a good idea - I've even done it for the sticker on a Retail box of the OS DVD.

However, (my guess is) most of these worn COA stickers are on laptops and some vendors finally wised up. They started putting the sticker under the battery to prevent wear and tear on the sticker :-)
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19 Feb 2014   #3
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Taking a picture is a good idea - I've even done it for the sticker on a Retail box of the OS DVD.

However, (my guess is) most of these worn COA stickers are on laptops and some vendors finally wised up. They started putting the sticker under the battery to prevent wear and tear on the sticker :-)
My guess is your guess is correct.
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19 Feb 2014   #4
techtitan100

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit on another partition
 
 

what I did was ran Belarc advisor and typed my product key in Word and its on a backup so I will not have any problems activating Windows at all
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19 Feb 2014   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by techtitan100 View Post
what I did was ran Belarc advisor and typed my product key in Word and its on a backup so I will not have any problems activating Windows at all
That doesn't always work for OEMs.
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