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Lenovo please find a better Windows COA Location.

2008-03-04, 22:00 PM
Why doesn't Lenovo place Windows COA in the battery compartment. On the bottom of laptop it gets ruined too quickly.
 
I am sick of having to remove the first day and but on card and file it for protection.


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Re: Lenovo please find a better Windows COA Location.

2008-03-05, 4:13 AM

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I am sick of having to remove the first day and put on card and file it for protection.

I know I'm going to be sorry for asking this, but needs must.

Why? Why do you feel the need to file the COA away? Removing it from the laptop it's on is breaking the license for the OS, so why do it?

Legally, if you remove the COA, you must also remove the OS!
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Re: Lenovo please find a better Windows COA Location.

2008-03-05, 8:08 AM
Hello,
 
You can write down or make a photocopy of the COA sticker in order to store a safe copy elsewhere. 
 
If you are concerned about it becoming damaged, I would suggest putting a thin film adhesive material over it, such as 3M transparent duct tapeScapa 1250 CrystalClear Transparent Film Tape, or maybe even a custom ZAGG InvisibleShield
 
Keep in mind, though, that you probably want to just have a small amount of material which covers the COA and nothing else, as large amounts of material may act as an insulator and may slightly heat up the components in the chassis immediately above the COA.
 
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Re: Lenovo please find a better Windows COA Location.

2008-03-05, 15:43 PM
      

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Why doesn't Lenovo place Windows COA in the battery compartment. On the bottom of laptop it gets ruined too quickly.
 
I am sick of having to remove the first day and but on card and file it for protection.


Message Edited by SouthPaw on 03-04-2008 05:03 PM


Soooooooooooooooo true!

My label will be unrecognizable in a few months, and the bottom of my T61 is pristine. It's the lamination on the Vista stickers. They cut a corner and it shows. I have a Dell XP desktop and that label is so laminated it's practically coated in teflon. I can't imagine why these are not coated as well, unless they think someone will re-buy a new Vista key after losing theirs.

Just think about that, and not laugh. :smileyvery-happy:
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Re: Lenovo please find a better Windows COA Location.

2008-03-05, 16:55 PM
a carefully-placed piece of clear packaging tape will protect the COA.

microsoft made the vista COA labels both more complicated and more fragile to mitigate counterfeiting.   unfortunately in doing so they sacrificed durability when placed on the bottom of laptops.   but, like i said, packaging tape fixes the problem quite easily. ;)

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Re: Lenovo please find a better Windows COA Location.

2008-03-05, 17:17 PM


JHEM wrote:
 
I know I'm going to be sorry for asking this, but needs must.

Why? Why do you feel the need to file the COA away? Removing it from the laptop it's on is breaking the license for the OS, so why do it?

Legally, if you remove the COA, you must also remove the OS!



Actually removal is permmisable as long as you can present the correct COA for the PC's serial number apon request.
I learned this when I worked with Microsoft on a COA problem. A cleaner had gone through at night and written down all the keys off the PC's and was posting list on hacker forums. (He had also been doing this at retail stores.) MS informed me I was allowed to remove all the COA stickers and put them on cards as long as PC's serial number was on card and file them in a locked cabinet where they could be retrived apon request.
 
 
 
To others: Yes you can cover with tape but that wasn't the point. A simple relocation by Lenovo would solve the problem.
 
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Re: Lenovo please find a better Windows COA Location.

2008-03-06, 19:10 PM


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a carefully-placed piece of clear packaging tape will protect the COA.

microsoft made the vista COA labels both more complicated and more fragile to mitigate counterfeiting.   unfortunately in doing so they sacrificed durability when placed on the bottom of laptops.   but, like i said, packaging tape fixes the problem quite easily. ;)



Kind of late now. Almost looks more weird to tape it after the wear it has already. :smileyindifferent:
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Re: Lenovo please find a better Windows COA Location.

2008-03-07, 2:24 AM

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Kind of late now. Almost looks more weird to tape it after the wear it has already. :smileyindifferent:

I'll admit that I normally make a photocopy of the bottom of any new laptop I get showing the COA and the model and serial numbers and file it away with the sales receipt.

As far as the COA is concerned, it really doesn't matter if it completely disintegrates due to wear and tear, no one is ever going to ask you for the number.

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Re: Lenovo please find a better Windows COA Location.

2008-03-07, 2:56 AM


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As far as the COA is concerned, it really doesn't matter if it completely disintegrates due to wear and tear, no one is ever going to ask you for the number.

$.02


While this is true would there be anything wrong with placing it under the battery where it is better protected? Does Microsoft specify it has to be exposed at all times?
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Re: Lenovo please find a better Windows COA Location.

2008-03-07, 4:24 AM

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While this is true would there be anything wrong with placing it under the battery where it is better protected? Does Microsoft specify it has to be exposed at all times?

microsoft says...
"For Windows software that comes pre-installed by a large manufacturer (also known as an Original Equipment Manufacturer or OEM) on a computer, the COA should be affixed to the body of the computer. The COA includes the 25-character product key, which would be required if a reinstallation is needed." (source)
so, they say it has to be on the body but not where on the body.

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