COA number?

Posted: 08-29-2003, 08:29 PM
Have a question that may be easy to resolve.

Which part of the COA is the actual Certificate Of
Authenticity number located on? Is this the Product Key?
Is it the number below the barcode?

COA number?


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Re: COA number?
Posted: 08-30-2003, 03:49 PM
Tony wrote:
>Have a question that may be easy to resolve.
>
>Which part of the COA is the actual Certificate Of
>Authenticity number located on? Is this the Product Key?
>Is it the number below the barcode?

The part that matters to you, that you need for a reinstall, is the
Product Key - this is the 25 characters in five groups, like

BH67Y-VMB8G- etc

If you have a machine with XP preinstalled, this will be on the COA
label stuck to the back of the machine.

If you bought a retail boxed XP, they are separate - the COA is on the
box, the Key on a yellow label stuck to a card inside, marked 'Do Not
Lose this Number


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Bournemouth, U.K. [email protected]
Tony
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Re: COA number?
Posted: 09-02-2003, 01:22 PM
Sorry for not being specific enough.

I actually need to know the COA NUMBER, not what the
Product Key, Not the PID, not the FCC, not the FDA, nor
the FBI, nor the CIA.

I have a claim form. On the claim form it asks
specifically for the COA number OR the Product key (it is
a legal form that is from MS).

I need to know what the COA looks like. I already know
what a Product key looks like (I tend to reinstall my
WinXP every 40-120 days rather than defrag, so I think I
can recognize the 25-character product key).

I just need to know what they are referring to when they
ask for my COA. Is the COA the product key? Is it a
different number? How do I identify the COA and how is it
different from the Product Key?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

>-----Original Message-----
>Tony wrote:
>
>>Have a question that may be easy to resolve.
>>
>>Which part of the COA is the actual Certificate Of
>>Authenticity number located on? Is this the Product Key?
>>Is it the number below the barcode?
>
>
>The part that matters to you, that you need for a
reinstall, is the
>Product Key - this is the 25 characters in five groups,
like
>
>BH67Y-VMB8G- etc
>
>If you have a machine with XP preinstalled, this will be
on the COA
>label stuck to the back of the machine.
>
>If you bought a retail boxed XP, they are separate - the
COA is on the
>box, the Key on a yellow label stuck to a card inside,
marked 'Do Not
>Lose this Number
>
>
>--
>Alex Nichol MS MVP (Windows Technologies)
>Bournemouth, U.K. [email protected]
>.
>
 
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