Windows 8 preinstalled licenses, AKA OA2.2 and OA3.0

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Yen, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    Unless you do some online check (some MS downloads require it) it won't check online anymore.

    And the phone activation doesn't mattar. It also requires MS' interaction so it's the same as online retail activation. Both need MS.
     
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  2. sauronxxx

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    that was not a question because of bypassing the activation.
    it was more about legal use. there are companys who have systems that are offline for a good reason.
     
  3. Yen

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    Companies never use OA3.0 licenses. They use MAK or KMS licenses. Most even don't want to activate against M$, so they run their KMS and activate each client through their local network. Companies are using volume licenses.

    OA3.0 installations contain a lot of bloatware (trial versions of Applications) and are full of ads. Such licenses are made for end users which are not very experienced PC users who want to buy a PC /notebook / tablet and the OS together. Hence they use pre-installed PC systems.
    They simply need to plug in LAN and to switch on the machine....it will complete its installation by activating automatically at M$.


    Anyway I don't have exact info about....the COA serial which comes additionally with each OA system usually activates via phone as well....not sure what's about w8....
     
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  4. Stannieman

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    No COA I thought...
    But even if you there's no GUI part for phone activation, I think you still can with slmgr.
     
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  5. Jachra

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    Yen,

    That is not entirely true. COA systems are used within companies. Some come through a third party vendor which highly specialized systems with COA Operating Systems. And there are those systems that maybe get activated once every two to three years.
    Hence companies around the world will use OA3.0 licenses.
     
  6. sauronxxx

    sauronxxx MDL Member

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    big companys maybe.
    i worked for a few companys with 15-30 employees and they did not use KMS or volume license.
     
  7. studio

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    well i hope that win8 is not the next me / vista / anything else M$ rls that is crap
    but this is great news for slic people hope a server leaks :)
     
  8. ilikepie

    ilikepie MDL Novice

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    Thanks OP best write-up I've ever read.
     
  9. Kikoo

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    Surely cheap, but sufficient? There might be room for exploits, remember Intel's early UEFI.
     
  10. octoberasian

    octoberasian MDL Novice

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    Mmm, let me get this straight:

    Windows 8 can no longer be activated offline now as was done with Windows 7 with the OEM key, SLIC modded BIOS, certificate installation, and "slmgr" command?
     
  11. Michel

    Michel MDL Expert

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    That is correct.
     
  12. Yen

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    Smaller companies, probably.
    Companies that have network infrastructure are using installation servers with customized setups for their needs. OA3.0 licenses are inflexible since they only ship with new hardware and cannot be installed through the network.
     
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  13. Jachra

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    Big companies also. Indeed, most desktops and laptops are done through installation servers at big companies. But there are some systems that come straight with OEM license and specialized software. It does happen, but are not that much in the overall picture.
     
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    For Windows 8 there will be 2 OEM channels:

    OEM: DM
    OEM: NONSLP
     
  15. Yen

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    I guess OEM: DM is OA3.0 and NONSLP is system builder license. So no OEM:COA?
     
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    Correct. pkeyconfig only lists OEM:DM and OEM:NONSLP for Windows 8; OEM:SLP and OEM:NONSLP for Server 2012.

    Interestingly, it also lists OEM:DM, Volume:GVLK, and even Retail for the ARM version.
     
  17. Yen

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    #117 Yen, Aug 6, 2012
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    There is one COA listed, though. Hmm... I wonder how the OA3.0 people re-activate their PC when they have changed too much hardware...according to 'my' info they should have an alternative serial on the machine....second OEM: DM key...?


    Code:
    <Configuration>  <ActConfigId>{793fbec3-7313-469e-bfd3-938123de3e85}</ActConfigId> 
    
     <RefGroupId>1061</RefGroupId> 
    
     <EditionId>ServerWeb</EditionId> 
    
     <ProductDescription>WinServer Next ServerWeb OEM:COA</ProductDescription> 
    
     <ProductKeyType>OEM:COA</ProductKeyType> 
    
     <IsRandomized>false</IsRandomized> 
    
     </Configuration>
    
    
     
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  18. 100

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    Perhaps the COA will have an OEM:NONSLP key? I'm sure there will have to be another key that can be activated, since in some jurisdictions customers are legally permitted to sell their OEM licenses separately from the machine.

    I think the one OEM:COA in pkeyconfig might be from another prerelease version. Anyway, it doesn't apply to Windows 8 or Server 2012.
     
  19. Jachra

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    Every consumer in every country within the European Union has the right to resell the software separately. Microsoft can't ignore this. They don't want another case with the European Union.
     
  20. PGHammer

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    Also there is the issue of using OEM/System Builder licensing on virtualized hardware (per Microsoft, this is now permissible explicitly, including in the US and Canada) - how will activation for VMs be done? I doubt very seriously that OEM/COA will completely go away for this reason alone.