Up until the release of Windows 8(Microsoft’s latest operating system), laptops have come with special stickers. These stickers would display the product key for the copy of Windows installed on your computer. However, with the release of Windows 8 this changes. Instead of having a sticker on the bottom of the laptop, the product key will be embedded in a chip known as the BIOS of the laptop.
This is all well and good, but what happens if you’re in a situation where you need to re-install your copy of Windows 8? Well, the installer will simply just pick up the product key right from the BIOS.
First of all, I think that this is one way which Microsoft is trying to get rid of piracy(which I approve of). I for one have heard of many occasions where people would try and pirate a legitimate copy by copying the product key from a legitimate stick on the underside laptop. This will make it a lot harder for pirates to do this or even peel the stickers off. Whilst it’s a good measure by Microsoft, I’m sure someone will still figure out a way to get around that.
On the other hand, there have been lots of instances where a laptop might have a product key stuck on the back but that may have faded away. With the new BIOS-embedded product key system in a Windows 8 laptop, some parts of this problem will be solved.
The third issue I have with this one is downgrade rights. People who don’t like Windows 8 might want to downgrade to Windows 7, so with the product key being embedded into the BIOS chip, how would a downgrade be handled?
Disclaimer: For the record, I do not advocate, condone, promote, glorify, approve of or endorse piracy in any way, shape or form.