What does this is not a COA mean?
Certificate of AuthenticityOne of the improvements Microsoft is making to Activation 3.0 for newly built machines that come preloaded with Windows 8, you won’t have a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) sticker attached to the machine anymore.
Instead, this will be embedded in the BIOS..
What does Windows COA mean?
Certificate of AuthenticityA COA, or “Certificate of Authenticity” is the sticker located on a computer system that has a 25-digit license key for the Windows Operating System, such as Windows XP or Vista. The COA verifies the validity of the operating system confirming that it is genuine.
What is a COA label?
The Microsoft Windows Certificate of Authenticity (COA) label is a label containing a 25-digit alpha-numeric Product Key code and a 14-digit COA code. This label is located on the chassis of your Dell computer system. Windows 8 computers do not have a Certificate of Authenticity.
How do I find my Windows COA?
If you’ve got an activated copy of Windows and just want to see what the product key is, all you have to do is go to Settings > Update & Security > Activation and then check the page. If you have a product key, it will be displayed here. If you have a digital license instead, it will simply say so.