Microsoft Windows 8 OA 3.0 Lays Down Strict Guidelines

October 25, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Microsoft is allegedly causing some headaches for some PC builders with their policies around a relatively new and stringent authentication system for its Windows 8. The software giant’s new OEM Authentication 3.0 spec (OA 3.0) lays down some guidelines that are different from the familiar method.

The new policy requires companies to load the operating system into the firmware on the mainboard instead of the old system of installing the OS on a hard drive.

The process is said to cost more because of the longer time duration involved, and that requires a technician to keep watch while it installs.

Moreover, the process could set of some mistakes as the absence of a Certificate of Authenticity could lead to accidental second installs and thus the PC vendor would find himself charged twice by Microsoft. The process is expected to work based on the System-Locked Pre-installation (SLP).

PC designers who go ahead with this system along with Windows 8 have to embed the OS on the mainboard and also limit the OS’s copy to the PC it came with, and it can be reactivated only by using the creator’s recovery tools. A version of this found in Windows 7, but it isn’t actually found built into the firmware.

The OA 3.0 might be useful in tackling piracy issues and patch up some common cracks too. Pirate copies create trouble for Microsoft, especially in countries like China and Russiaand the OA 3.0 might be an integral tool in putting a clamp on the issue.

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