Information on the new Windows 8 OEM activation that is covered by an Non Disclosure Agreement (DNA) has been leaked to the internet. The new product activation standard is called OEM Activiaton 3.0 (OA 3.0) and should provide benefits over OA 2.1 , used in Windows 7.
It enables OEMs to digitally order and receive product keys and to report computer information to Microsoft. It also enables activation of software on specific hardware. This means Windows 8 can be activated in the factory, so users can receive pre-activated Windows 8 computers. (More screenshots can be found on the forums here)
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