It's based on Leaked slides that may or may not be real.
Microsoft declined to comment.
only OEM versions are affected, http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-8-verification-causing-problems-for-pc-makers
Windows 8, on the other hand, will install the activation key inside the OS's UEFI firmware (Digitimes incorrectly says it's being placed inside a PC's BIOS). This means that PC makers will have to take more time and give every new PC with Windows 8 more individual attention than Windows 7 PCs, where a PC makers could simply stick on the COA label.http://www.zdnet.com/how-the-new-windows-8-license-terms-affect-you-7000003028/
All of the agreements are written in plain language thatís surprisingly easy to understand, and Windows 8 will, for the first time ever, include a new Personal Use License that explicitly permits retail customers to install and run OEM System Builder software. The overpriced full package products will not exist for Windows 8.
Your proof of license for a PC you purchase with Windows already installed consists of all of the following elements:
A genuine product key;
Successful activation of the software;
An authentic Windows label such as a Certificate of Authenticity (COA), which must be affixed to the computer or appear on the manufacturerís or installerís packaging or peripherals when purchased; and
Proof of purchase from a supplier of genuine Microsoft software.