Below you can find all relevant information about Microsoft’s Windows® 8 Standard PID Number / COA and ALP.
The Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity (“COA”) is the primary anti-piracy device, OEM product-tracking device, and proof of license for Microsoft OEM products.
- OEM Customer receive COAs from Silica on purchasing Runtime Licenses.
- The COA is a non-removable, sequentially numbered sticker with anti-piracy features designated by MS, permanently affixed to an accessible location on or within each Embedded System.
- COAs are designed to provide a more secure document and allow improved authentication of genuine product.
- Each COA identifies the Licensed Product installed on an Embedded System.
- Embedded Systems distributed with Microsoft Embedded Licensed Products must have a COA.
- It is the OEM customer’s responsibility to accurately reconcile total number of COAs received with the number of systems shipped with MS software. OEM customers and MS Distributors should maintain appropriate records regarding the disposition of all COA labels, including serial number tracking of any COAs damaged as part of the manufacturing process.
- Note that the OEM don't need to stick the 2D Barcode on the device. Only the yellow COA Sticker. The 2D barcode is only an incremental number from the manufacturing lot.
- Microsoft changed in 2016 the layout of the COA. It now shows a product group instead of a dedicated product name.
COA (Image not actual size):
On the real Embedded runtime licenses (Embedded Thumb COAs), there is no PID printed on the label any more. Every OEM can request one PID Key from Microsoft per E-Mail. So every system have the same PID and the PID is not corresponding with the one on the license sticker. This easy deployment is an advantage of the embedded OEM channel.
Please contact us if you need an OEM PID for Windows® Embedded 8 Standard.Have your OEM Agreement (CLA) number ready.
Additional Licensing Provisions (ALPs) define distribution rights and restrictions specific to each individual Microsoft Embedded Licensed Product. The ALPs are found on the Runtime License Envelope.
Breaking the seal (BTS - Break The Seal Agreement) on the Runtime License Envelope signifies an acceptance by the Embedded OEM Customer to the terms and conditions of the ALPs. As such, ALPs should be read carefully before opening the Runtime License Envelope.
If the Embedded OEM customer does not agree with any of the rights or restrictions of the ALPs, the Embedded OEM Customer should promptly return the product to Silica, prior to opening the envelope. Opened envelops can't be returned.
Below is a picture from the runtime licenses envelope. On the top you can see on top the BTS (Break The Seal Agreement) and below the identification label from the AR (Authorized Replicator).