I purchased a laptop with Windows 8 factory installed. I read that new PCs do not have a COA sticker. How do I activate my Windows 8 if my hard drive fails and I don’t have a COA? Thanks :)
Most laptops have a utility to create a set of Factory restore DVDs from recovery partition.
try Belarc Advisor:
If you would like to re-install Windows 8:
· Press Windows key + i on your keyboard to show the Charms bar
· Click Change PC settings
· Click General in the left column
· Under Remove everything and re-install Windows, click Get started
the OEM Windows 8 pre-installed license is tied to the machine so you are not allowed to install it on another computer. To avoid OEM product keys from being compromised Microsoft made Activation 3.0 for newly built machines that come pre-loaded with Windows 8, you won’t have a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) sticker attached to the machine anymore. Instead, this will be embedded in the BIOS.
Thank you for explaining? How would I re-install Windows 8 if I could not boot into it?
check if you have recovery partition that you can access to it just after starting laptop (like clicking Alt+F10 ..... This can help to restore factory settings and reinstall windows.
How to Create a "System Repair Disc" (CD/DVD) in Windows 8
A system repair disc cannot be used to install Windows 8.
if from belarc advisor you got your windows 8 serial
Upgrade to Windows 8 with only a product key
perhaps you can call your laptop manufacturer and ask for a windows 8 cd.
Windows 8 recovery options
Sorry for typo - "Thank you for explaining."