[WIN10] Where to buy cheap legit Win 10 key?

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  1. epictetus

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    I got scammed buying a thinkpad with a corporate volume w10 license and now I got message saying that the windows license will expire soon.

    Where can I get cheap w10 key without having to reinstall windows 10?
     
  2. Matthew kane

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    Use an old windows 7 key is your free option.
     
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    Prepare for a reinstall. Corporate require volume licensing, so it is unlikely to accept any other type of key.
     
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    Will I got banned if I talk about cheap keys here?
     
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  5. Dilbery

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    You're only going to have to reinstall if its LTSB or LTSC...
     
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    No, but it is "buyer beware"/"tread caution" territory.

    Having said that, it'd perhaps be more suitable for "What/where to buy?" forum: https://forums.overclockers.com.au/forums/what-where-should-i-buy.18/

    Noted. :thumbup:
     
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    Go to eBay.com ie International version

    search for windows 10 key

    have bought these in the past for few bucks and never had an issue...
     
  8. voltare1

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    If it had windows 7 , the key Is under the battery
    Use media creation tool to make A10 USB and install from scratch using the 7 key when asked for one

    If it's windows 8 or 10 the windows install should pull the key out of bios (or 'i don't have a key' and install 10 pro - it should activate automatically
     
  9. chip

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    To expand on what the Captain's saying here, it's highly likely that the machine was originally sold with a Windows Home/Pro license embedded in the BIOS*. Use the MS tool to create a Win 10 install USB: https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/software-download/windows10 and it will pick up the embedded license automatically.


    *unless it's ancient, in which case it probably has a Win 7 license key printed on the hardware somewhere, as already mentioned ITT
     
  10. power

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    WIndows 10 is like 5 years old dude, whadda ya mean highly unlikely?
     
  11. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Not if the key talk is about legit keys.
     
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    likely, not unlikely
     
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    i read good.
     
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    When I upgraded from Windows 7 to 10 for free on my backup computer I just picked a Windows 7 key from many I had and it was accepted. My main computer had a key that I paid for when I built the computer and it worked as expected. It almost looks as though Microsoft is so keen for people to migrate to Windows 10 it accepts any Windows 7 key. That may or may not apply to a volume licence key though.
     
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    Or go to that URL using Linux

    It'll then say something about not supporting the M$ tool, and let you download an ISO without M$ bureaucracy

    Then use Rufus to create an install USB from the ISO
     
  16. Matthew kane

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    Windows 8 embedded key also works with win10.
     
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  17. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    Surely if Windows is as good as most make it out to be, it's worth paying full retail for a legit copy?

    Just because the key activates doesn't mean it's a legit copy. Even I paid full retail for a Windows 10 Pro key on release and I'm not really that impressed with it and for that reason hardly even use it.
     
  18. mareke

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    If I was building a new system I'd pay full retail for Windows 10 but I paid full retail for Windows 7 Professional and I was happy with it. Then Microsoft forced me onto Windows 10 by no longer supporting Windows 7. Windows 10 Professional costs $289. I wasn't going to pay that sort of money after paying for Windows 7 Pro and being happy with the way it worked. After using Windows 10 for over a year I still think I'd prefer Windows 7 if I had a choice.
     
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    IMO the only proper legit key that is 100% legit and worry free is to get a retail key.

    getting used keys or OEM keys or something too cheap to be real would always comes with strings attached
     
  20. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    Well that's how US capitalism works, did you expect any different?
     

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