Windows Thread, Bios Product Key & Activation in Technical; to my knowledge this has been put in by maufactures on the motherboard or bios, to my knowledge looking on ...
11th July 2011, 11:15 AM #1
Bios Product Key & Activation
to my knowledge this has been put in by maufactures on the motherboard or bios, to my knowledge looking on the internet this dates back to windows xp which is still popular today, the two questions im hoping can be answered here is
1. is there any application out there that would tell a non factory restore disc, aka a oem / retail copy version of windows matching the orignal on the machine to use the infomation in the bios or motherboard?
2.Hows this done saves product keys going missing lol
11th July 2011, 11:23 AM #2
If I get you correctly, what you are referring is to how a manufacturers recovery disk can tie in with a BIOS? The answer is that the product key is not stored in the BIOS. Instead the install process reads the BIOS string (which can be reprogrammed) to ensure that the computer is legitimate and installation can go ahead. The key is contained on a file on the recovery disk itself.
*please feel free to correct me if wrong anybody!!
Last edited by Dos_Box; 11th July 2011 at 11:45 AM.
11th July 2011, 11:25 AM #3
not sure about xp but i have the files to do this on win7. All i have to do is copy a load of files to a $oem$ to the sources folder on the install media and the pc will install activated and with the appropriate manufacturers key
11th July 2011, 11:29 AM #4
Whilst I am of the same opinion to @Dos_Box I am not sure what the OP is trying to get at?
11th July 2011, 11:32 AM #5
i assume they have a laptop to repair and the codes got torn/unreadable etc and they are need to do a fresh install so they want to use the manufacturers coded it would of come with
Originally Posted by nephilim
11th July 2011, 11:34 AM #6
if it a bios string sure a bios update would knock this out or they have a volume lience for thier copies and yea it looks i thought wrong u prob more correct there dos box it being a bios strong and sted got more info on this since looking for xp vista and 7, and if u got copies of files or where i can look be great,
i was wondering how does one go about this if havent got recovery discs too
11th July 2011, 11:35 AM #7
if you can provide the serial number, model number and date of when and where you purchased the laptop, the OEM manufacturer can provide you with the original key attached to the machine
11th July 2011, 11:37 AM #8
how far that goes back because i have seen computers/laptoip products were the COA is scuffed and the serial bit hard to work out
Originally Posted by nephilim
11th July 2011, 11:39 AM #9
maximum of 3 years with most OEMs to my knowledge. They wont however give you an OEM restore disk unless you pay for it
11th July 2011, 11:43 AM #10
For the manfacturers that do this HP/Dell etc... the bios updates come from them and are customised not just a generic bios so that information would be retained.
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