The COA code has rubbed off from the label on the bottom of my laptop. Can I find the number somewhere within the laptop so that I can make a note of it before something happens where I will need it. Thanks in advance!
As it would appear from the previous answers to your question that it is not possible to locate your COA within Windows, it might be best to take regular Images of your whole hard drive with Acronis Disk Image or a similar programme. This would enable you to restore your Operating System, programmes and data files, to the same state as when the backup was taken, in the case of a hard drive failure. Several generations of Image, 2 or 3, would be a good idea, stored on an external hard drive.
I'm sorry to contradict, unless I misunderstand something. Belarc Advisor will recover the COA key quite easily. As a matter of course whenever I work on a laptop I use Belarc to give me a snapshot of all programs and the hardware I`m working with. Belarc Advisor Website
The code is listed along with the other keys for MS Office etc about half way down the report under Manage All your software licences .....
Strawballs - they should remind people that you shouldn't use laptops on your lap ;o)
For obvious reasons: The ventilation intakes are invariably on the underside of the laptop. On your lap these are covered and restrict air flow causing the fans to work overtime and ultimately straining the CPU which overheats. Also you lose the COA Key!