Just took a look at the FS/FT forum. Geez, those are good prices for Windows and Office. I know that [H] is a good forum, but can I trust these guys? I'm worried about "day keys." How do I make sure I'm getting a key that won't expire?8 bucks?
last windows 10 one i bought was 2 bucks.
try activating again?
mine took 2 or three tries.
Basically this. However, I doubt MS really gives a damn as long as people are using MS OSes and software. Otherwise I'm sure it would be much more difficult for many of the key sellers to keep selling.Oh I bet they're doing something that's against the EULA.
If anyone builds systems for a living, do not use these keys. Microsoft have spies that buy systems and check the history of the keys used, if you're found using a key not bought off a certified Microsoft reseller pain usually ensures.Basically this. However, I doubt MS really gives a damn as long as people are using MS OSes and software. Otherwise I'm sure it would be much more difficult for many of the key sellers to keep selling.
That said, look at the different people selling keys. I know at least one sells quite a few different keys for Win10 and explains exactly what each type is and has different prices on them. I purchased a key for my son's new system a few months ago from one of the sellers on the forum but I made sure it was a Retail Win10 Pro key. Not a day key or anything else of the sort. I also had no problem with it. I already had the OS installed when I got the key, entered the key in the registration section and it activated just fine. There have been no issues with it. Also, the expiration issue on keys is usually tied to "day keys" if not used rather quickly as explained by at least one of the sellers. Keys expiring should only be an issue regarding the initial activation. Once the key is activated and tied to the hardware I think it's unlikely it can "expire" after that point at least if it's a retail key.
It was the first and only time I've purchased a key that way and I figured I'd do it just for the hell of it. It was $8 and I figure if the key ends up de-authorized I'm only out $8 and I can get another key whether from a seller such as that or an official retail key.
This.For hobby builds - these keys work great. I used them all the time.
However, under no circumstances would I personally ever use any of these keys for a work / professional environment.
And what Mazzspeed means is if you're REALLY worried, spend the $$$ and get a retail key.
By buying a shortcut key - no matter where it's from (OEM or grey market or ...) - you're taking a risk.
There's worry-free and there's being cheap. Pick one :-D
Since I read some textbooks on the social sciences, I prefer to try to stay objective. That being said, this user had lots of positive feedback on eBay, even for the CD keys.I’ve never had a key expire after purchasing from folks in here. And you’re worried about being screwed over here when you just got screwed over on eBay?
If it works, do not worry about it and do not look back. Yes, if you are building machines for resale as a business and not like one or two a year for friends, then you will need to get a legit OEM or retail key from Newegg or other places but, that is just commonsense.I mean the seller was just deleted on eBay and the item removed. I find this a bit alarming. Anyway, if my copy of Windows won't work, what's my first step? (I know about asking for a refund but... this is weird as it's an OS.)
Oh, definitely this. Never use one of these gray market keys for systems for other people. I wouldn't even use them for family that isn't immediate family or friends. There's no way I'd use them for a system I was making any money on whatsoever as it's not worth the hassle and risk if something does go bad with the key. When building for someone else they're going to be paying for a copy from a legit re-seller. Use these keys for personal use only.If anyone builds systems for a living, do not use these keys. Microsoft have spies that buy systems and check the history of the keys used, if you're found using a key not bought off a certified Microsoft reseller pain usually ensures.
Sounds a lot like the guy that was arrested recently?I used to know a guy here in town who worked at the county dump. He was so cheap he would take the dead junker systems people were bringing in to properly dispose of and use a heat gun to get off any Windows 7/8 serial # stickers so he could use them on builds on the side to install Windows 10. Doesn't get any cheaper than that.
Well, for what it's worth, I read the reason some are sold cheap is because they're surplus keys from businesses who sell them to resellers.May I make a suggestion.
If your going to buy a clearly illegal copy of windows. Why not just pirate it.
Seriously find a Windows 10 Enterprise torrent or something and call it a day. Trust me NO key you buy for 10 bucks is legit. It may activate but it still ain't legal.
If your going to pirate just pirate... don't make some jackhole in the middle with a key generator rich. lol
I think that's often the case. I used to work for a company that would use a volume key with thousands of licenses attached. I guess MS stopped doing that, so they'd then send over a massive sheet of keys. The ones my company didn't need, they'd sell to employees for super cheap. There's no reason they couldn't sell them to a 3rd party instead.Well, for what it's worth, I read the reason some are sold cheap is because they're surplus keys from businesses who sell them to resellers.
Those companies are not allowed to resell their keys. I know they will probably activate... and I guess that makes people feel a bit better. But its still not a legal copy of windows.Well, for what it's worth, I read the reason some are sold cheap is because they're surplus keys from businesses who sell them to resellers.
yup. ms sees the legit key and says "thats fine", they see a fake key and it gets blasted.To add - I don't think the companies are selling the keys ... I think Bob in IT is selling the keys that he knows are leftovers from any particular procurement or project.
Sure they might not be "legal" keys but they are "real" keys that will work.
The pirate keys may or may not work and may or may not get de-activated now or down the road.
That's why an "illegal" but "real" key is still more worthwhile than just a plain torrent and serial IMO.
it never stopped working. you have always been able to use a 7/8 key to install 10.microsoft also seems to be offering free upgrades to 10 from 7 again. there's an app from MS to check rather you 'qualify?' seems to be working for a fair number of people but i have not attempted it.
it most certainly did stop working, or maybe 'get very selective' on what could be upgraded there for a while. that is the reason i started buying these 'low cost, possibly questionable' windows 10 keys to begin with.it never stopped working. you have always been able to use a 7/8 key to install 10.
they said it would stop working but didnt. ive done dozens of installs and upgrades using 7/8 keys since it supposedly stopped.it most certainly did stop working, or maybe 'get very selective' on what could be upgraded there for a while. that is the reason i started buying these 'low cost, possibly questionable' windows 10 keys to begin with.