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I finally got a customer who purchased a windows 8 computer and wanted me to do a clean install of Windows 8. However, I looked in the back and there's no OEM certificate of authenticity sticker and no product key.

I called the manufacturer, Acer in this case, and they told me Windows 8 computers no longer come with OEM stickers they're built into the BIOS.

So I guess my question is this, if I use an OEM Windows 8 disk 64bit just like the computer I'm working on and reinstall a clean install from the OEM disk, will it pick up the product key automatically from the bios?

Thanks for any input, please let me know if you've tried this and it works.
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by:giltjr
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According to this yes.  In fact according to this in order to be certified for Windows V8 there is no BIOS you have to use UEFI.

http://www.itworld.com/it-managementstrategy/205255/windows-8-oem-specs-may-block-linux-booting
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not sure I understand what you mean
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Has anyone actually tried it?
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Yes it will pickup the license info from bios but u need to use the disc that came with the computer.

http://www.zdnet.com/how-the-new-windows-8-license-terms-affect-you-7000003028/

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by:McKnife
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Hi.

I heard (not tried), that you can use any setup disk of the same edition. in order to do so, you first have to read out the key using belarc advisor (recommended here: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/a/windows-8-product-key.htm ). It's said that the this one http://ekeyfinder.sourceforge.net/ can do it, too.
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Did you read the article?  No more BIOS on Window V8 certified computers.  The UEFI has a "secure" boot mode that only allows you to boot from OS's that have been signed by a trusted source.  Sort of like SSL certificates.  Part of the signing process for Windows V8 includes the key.
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I finally got my answer from another site. Yes, you can install windows 8 from an oem disk and it will get the key from the bios. No need to enter it manually. giltrjr, you answer is still confusing to me.
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Did you read the article I provided the link to?  

BIOS is on the way out, it is DEAD, and will no longer exist in the future.

It is being replaced with UEFI, Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, which replaced EFI.
UEFI added secure boot.  Read about it here, just search on secure boot.

     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_Extensible_Firmware_Interface
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no one seems to know the answer
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