On 14 November 2013 20:36, Joel A Divekar
I recently purchased HP J028tx laptop which came
along with pre installed Windows 8. I plan to get rid of windows 8 completely and install
Ubuntu, but would like to know how to retain Windows 8 licence as no windows license key
was provided along with the laptop. I may need the license to setup virtual instance for
testing connectivity with Samba ADs server.
This is seriously OT here, but here
1. The windows license that comes with a newly purchased PC/laptop is
called an OEM license. OEM licenses are not transferable, so you are
not allowed to use this same license to setup a virtual instance. To
setup a virtual instance you need a Retail license of Windows.
2. OEMs (HP In this case) generally do not provide you with an OS
jewel case. All you get is (a) a "Certificate of authenticity" sticker
somewhere on the laptop (usually underside) which would contain the
license key if it is required to re-install the laptop, and (b) a
"Designed for Windows" sticker.
You might get an original Windows installation CD (Dell) or a
partition on the laptop from where you can install Windows (Lenovo) or
a "restoration CD" which cannot be used to install Windows (I think
Make recovery disks (DVDs) from the HP software in your laptop. Then
play with the machine.