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Hello

 

I've recently bought a computer and they have loaded a copy of Windows.

My question is can I buy a Windows Product Key off the internet.

Would this make my copy legal?

 

Yours

 

Terry

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Yes, normally windows will 'nag' you to purchase a key after it's been running unlicensed for a while.

 

You can just ignore it but I believe they restrict the updates a bit.

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3 hours ago, eltel said:

they have loaded a copy of Windows

"They", a typical booth seller?

Loaded Windows and tons of SW that would need licenses?

Would all be cracked/hacked stuff and at some point might stop or be trimmed down.

 

What does the Windows license check say?

It should work to legalize Windows with a purchased key using the change license/key function.

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Do not care about any other suggestions, than buying your Windows Key directly from Microsoft Store. It will be the only way to maximaise the guarantee that you are the only one with the same Key. It will cost maybe 20 dollar more, but it will be worth it.

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2 hours ago, Matzzon said:

Do not care about any other suggestions, than buying your Windows Key directly from Microsoft Store. It will be the only way to maximaise the guarantee that you are the only one with the same Key. It will cost maybe 20 dollar more, but it will be worth it.

 

https://www.microsoft.com/th-th/store/b/windows

 

฿6,199 Home US$205

฿8,999 Pro US$297

 

20 dollar more or 200 dollar more?

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you haven't mentioned what version of Windows you were after...

 

but anyways - two of my laptops. Both Windows 7 machines

both machine OS were totally boogered 

 

both machines had their Microsoft labels intact underneath 

both machines' OS were softload OSs from the retailer

 

I went to: https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/software-download/windows7 

and downloaded an ISO image, of exactly same Windows OS version, as per what was on my labels (W7 Home Premium for my examples) 

 

Put image onto a bootable stick

 

 

I fired up a machine, going into Windows repair mode, using boot stick

 

follow the prompts, but eventually you input the Codes from the sticker under the laptop

Of course, it will be rejected. But this is just a part of the procedure...

 

Next; 

You then receive their new Codes, from MS; and input them as directed 

For one machine, I did it be Complete Replacement of the Windows directory ( I wiped the Drive totally)

 

The other machine, I did as a sort of Repair

(all the previous content of the Window directory of the old failed Windows, is all in a folder called Windows.Old

 

Both machine now work fine, although thios method requires you to manually installed all the needed drivers, for Display, Sound. Modem etc 

 

Nether Windows install required any payment

 

Same Image was used on both Laptops 

 

There were no problems having both Installs verified by MS 

 

 

so really, it all boils down to making sure you simply load an ISO image, of the exact same version, that is printed on your existing label  

 

 

I am now contemplating doing this all again, with my old XP Pro laptop, down in the cupboard. The download pages have whatever version you want - if it is the version on your label... 

 

 

all you have to remember, is the latest Label code now given to you for the respective New Install - for future use

 

 

 

this above was all legit, no fake copies, no fake codes or Cracks 

 

 

 

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Thanks everyone who has replayed

 

A bit more info

I bought the PC for my son to play games.

No extra SW was loaded, I am quit happy loading open source SW (Word etc) if needed.

I would load a open source OS, but this is above my level.

 

 

OS Spec:

Windows 10 pro

Version 1709

Build 16299.1087

 

Once again Thanks Terry

 

 

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13 hours ago, Matzzon said:

Do not care about any other suggestions, than buying your Windows Key directly from Microsoft Store. It will be the only way to maximaise the guarantee that you are the only one with the same Key. It will cost maybe 20 dollar more, but it will be worth it.

Microsoft wants everyone using Windows 10 and has appeared to be less concerned with people selling 'original equipment manufacturer' (OEM) keys online.

 

Genuine OEM keys can be purchased for a few dollars. They are unique for single machine use and have activation set to be non-transferable beyond hardware limits.

 

When someone buys a OEM key they are taking on the role of the manufacturer of the computer. This means that if the user has problems with hardware compatibility, a call to Microsoft might end with you being told to contact the computer manufacturer.

 

If someone wants the ability to move a key to another computer and have the Microsoft Nannies on hand 24/7 then they should purchase the retail version at a super premium price.  

 

Win10 Pro - $10 OEM or $200 retail. I suggest folks make the most of cheap OEM's before the door closes.

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2 hours ago, Mutt Daeng said:

You can Win 10 Licenses from eBay, starting at around $5.

I've bought around 20 of these and they all work just fine.

I bought my W10 pro license from a German company (registered company, tax ID, proper address).

Cost about 12 Euro and works for more than a year now without any glitch.

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3 hours ago, eltel said:

Windows 10 pro

Version 1709

That's overdue for an upgrade (online), support running out!

Best buy/install a license before trying the upgrade.

I am surprised that you did not see/get upgrade yet?

 

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1 hour ago, KhunBENQ said:

That's overdue for an upgrade (online), support running out!

??

 

Not sure I understand that, this is W10 we are talking about.

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