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  • Question

  • This is a computer store, We have some display model computer. From times to times, we see people come into our store and copy down our CD-Key. It is obvious why they copy it down and what they use it for.

    Is there anything I can do for this??

    Can those people activate their Windows with our license?

    Can Microsoft disable that CD-Key from all other computer except for this one here on display?

    Thank you
    Saturday, June 23, 2007 2:47 PM

Answers

  • Anonymous753159,

     

    Your computer store may sell computers from major brand names or it may sell computers that are assembled in your store, or possibly both.

     

    The computers from major brand names come from the factory with the Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) already affixed to the computer, so there is not much else you can do unless you want to cover the CoAs with some sort of tape that will prevent casual copying or recording of the Product Key, yet can be removed without damaging the CoA when the computer is sold.

     

    On the computers that are assembled by your store, however, the CoAs can be much more effectively protected.  Assuming you are a systembuilder and use the genuine Microsoft systembuilder/OEM license packet with the CD, CoA, and pamphlet, here are some suggestions:

     

    1.  Apply the CoAs normally, but cover with some sort of tape that will prevent casual copying or recording of the Product Key, yet can be removed without damaging the CoA when the computer is sold.

     

    2.  Do not apply the CoA until the computer is sold and is being boxed up or prepared to be given to the customer.  For these computers whose Operating Systems have ben installed but have not yet been sold, and whose CoAs have not been applied, you can store the CoAs in a safe central location in the store, or you might simply find it convenient for desktop computers to open the computer case and insert the whole licensing packet, storing it in the case until the system is sold.  This has the advantage of keeping the installation matched to the Product Key while keeping prying eyes away from the PK on the CoA.

     

    It is entirely possible that these Product Keys have been used by these unscrupulous customers to install and activate their own copies of Windows, assuming of course that they copy down the PK that matches with their Windows CD and installation.  This can have serious consequences later on when one of your customers takes home their new computer they just bought from you and tries to activate only to be told that their brand new computer's installation of Windows has been activated too many times!  For that reason, as a business owner you may want to consider these so-called "customers" to be what they really are:  shoplifters!  And faced with a shoplifter, a business person should consider apprehending them and then calling the local police or other local authority.

    Saturday, June 23, 2007 8:12 PM
  • All you need to do is place some black electrical tape over the Product Key.
    Saturday, June 23, 2007 8:36 PM
    Moderator
  • Anonymous:


    Microsoft as long ago implemented a program where the folks who "write down" these keys (keys stuck to the side of OEM PC's from the factory, such as Dell or HP, etc) aren't able to activate them by internet or phone Smile - only the individual PC licensed for that product key can activate itself.

     

    Don't worry.

     

    You can definitely "black tape" it if you wish as well. Smile

     

    -phil

    Tuesday, June 26, 2007 12:03 AM

All replies

  • Anonymous753159,

     

    Your computer store may sell computers from major brand names or it may sell computers that are assembled in your store, or possibly both.

     

    The computers from major brand names come from the factory with the Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) already affixed to the computer, so there is not much else you can do unless you want to cover the CoAs with some sort of tape that will prevent casual copying or recording of the Product Key, yet can be removed without damaging the CoA when the computer is sold.

     

    On the computers that are assembled by your store, however, the CoAs can be much more effectively protected.  Assuming you are a systembuilder and use the genuine Microsoft systembuilder/OEM license packet with the CD, CoA, and pamphlet, here are some suggestions:

     

    1.  Apply the CoAs normally, but cover with some sort of tape that will prevent casual copying or recording of the Product Key, yet can be removed without damaging the CoA when the computer is sold.

     

    2.  Do not apply the CoA until the computer is sold and is being boxed up or prepared to be given to the customer.  For these computers whose Operating Systems have ben installed but have not yet been sold, and whose CoAs have not been applied, you can store the CoAs in a safe central location in the store, or you might simply find it convenient for desktop computers to open the computer case and insert the whole licensing packet, storing it in the case until the system is sold.  This has the advantage of keeping the installation matched to the Product Key while keeping prying eyes away from the PK on the CoA.

     

    It is entirely possible that these Product Keys have been used by these unscrupulous customers to install and activate their own copies of Windows, assuming of course that they copy down the PK that matches with their Windows CD and installation.  This can have serious consequences later on when one of your customers takes home their new computer they just bought from you and tries to activate only to be told that their brand new computer's installation of Windows has been activated too many times!  For that reason, as a business owner you may want to consider these so-called "customers" to be what they really are:  shoplifters!  And faced with a shoplifter, a business person should consider apprehending them and then calling the local police or other local authority.

    Saturday, June 23, 2007 8:12 PM
  • All you need to do is place some black electrical tape over the Product Key.
    Saturday, June 23, 2007 8:36 PM
    Moderator
  • Anonymous:


    Microsoft as long ago implemented a program where the folks who "write down" these keys (keys stuck to the side of OEM PC's from the factory, such as Dell or HP, etc) aren't able to activate them by internet or phone Smile - only the individual PC licensed for that product key can activate itself.

     

    Don't worry.

     

    You can definitely "black tape" it if you wish as well. Smile

     

    -phil

    Tuesday, June 26, 2007 12:03 AM