ShowKeyPlus

  1.    #1121

    Cliff S said: View Post
    Latest MajorGeeks: Download ShowKeyPlus - MajorGeeks
    ShowKeyPlus 1.0.7060
    Yup, that is correct - that is the latest Desktop release (only Softpedia lists the Store version as well, AFAIK)

    The Preview will continue (as is the Insider way... LOL) - We still need to get the missing bits working (CLI, WinPE etc) in the new Desktop version before it goes live.
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  2.    #1122

    Bree said: View Post
    On a Windows 7 machine there is no key in the firmware, just a marker to say which OEM edition of W7 this machine is entitled to run (Home, Pro, etc). Your only W7 key is the one on the OEM CoA sticker.

    When you use the key from the sticker to install Windows 7 it looks for the OEM marker in the bios and will only activate if they are both for the same W7 edition.
    Actually, the way I understand it, it's only the factory OEM install media that looks for the OEM marker in the BIOS. The marker has to match a certificate file stored on the OEM media. If they match that PC activates with an OEM generic key.

    The key on the sticker is for use with standard install media. It works like an OEM system builders key. Or a retail key for that matter. With one exception. Any time I have ever used one of those OEM-COA keys I had to phone activate the first time it was used. After that it worked just like a retail key and activated online with no issues.
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  3.    #1123

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    Actually, the way I understand it, it's only the factory OEM install media that looks for the OEM marker in the BIOS. The marker has to match a certificate file stored on the OEM media. If they match that PC activates with an OEM generic key.

    The key on the sticker is for use with standard install media. It works like an OEM system builders key. Or a retail key for that matter. With one exception. Any time I have ever used one of those OEM-COA keys I had to phone activate the first time it was used. After that it worked just like a retail key and activated online with no issues.
    Correct. Your experience Alpha is a bit off... the COA is like System Builder - no need for phone.
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