Microsoft has added BIOS-based Product Keys with brand name computers. What does this mean? Well if you purchase a brand name PC that has Windows 8 installed then you don’t need to enter a key or activate it. BUT say your motherboard dies and you need to replace it out of warranty. You will then need to purchase a new Windows License. This is MS way of extra copy protection. Here is an article that describes it more in detail.

 

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