COA Sticker

Hello, 

We are looking to buy Mini PC, Compute stick (300 pcs) from a Chinese vendor. 
They are selling us hardware with Windows 10, but they said Microsoft dont offer COA labels for OEM License. 

Is above information true,. 
Is there any online document or statement to verify above. 

Also our customer want COA label to accept it as Genuine OS. 

Kindly help and advise. 

Thanks & Regards 
Roger. 
 

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Last updated May 27, 2020 Views 7,950 Applies to:
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Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft had changed from stickers that have the product key that the user has to type in when installing the operating system to new BIOS embedded product keys. The idea is that by eliminating the sticker, you eliminate one of the easier ways for nefarious users to get a legitimate product key. Eliminating the product key sticker also removes any worry that the sticker might get damaged while at the same time eliminating the long and irritating process of typing in various letters and numbers when installing the operating system.

If the user has to reinstall the operating system on a machine that came with Windows 10, the installation process automatically grabs the software product key from the motherboard BIOS with no input from the user. This means that those familiar Windows product key stickers will no longer appear on the Windows 10 computers.

You should be able to find the product key using the following instructions:

Windows 10 came preinstalled on my computer, how do I find the product key?

Press Windows key + X

Click Command Prompt (admin)

Enter the following command:

wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey

Hit Enter

The product key will be revealed, copy the product key then enter it

Click Start > Settings Update & security > Activation > Change the product key then enter the new product key then click Next to Activate

If you are unable to activate Windows 10 after all the above and you are certain you have the correct edition installed, then please attempt phone activation:

Activate Your Windows 10 License via Microsoft Chat Support

Best,
Andre
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