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Windows 10

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Jobe, 24 Dec 2018.

  1. Jobe

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,057

    Location: Lincoln

    Hi all
    Been a long while since I needed software
    What’s the cheapest place for a basic win 10 key?
    Am I allowed to ask? OC’ers have it for over £100. Is that the going rate these days?
    Jobe
     
  2. Armageus

    Don

    Joined: 19 May 2012

    Posts: 12,145

    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

    There are only 2 places to get a guaranteed legal copy - either directly from Microsoft themselves, or from main retailers such as OcUK, at the prices you've found.

    Whilst there are cheaper keys available, they aren't necessarily legal, in that whilst they *may* activate for a period of time, they may possibly be stolen keys, or keys from non-retail channels (E.g. academic or corporate).
     
  3. Jobe

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Oct 2002

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    Location: Lincoln

    I did wonder why some were so cheap. At least I now know
    Thanks A
     
  4. robinbredin

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Northern Ireland

    should not need them. Your win 7 key should work on win 10.
     
  5. cheesyboy

    Capodecina

    Joined: 7 Dec 2012

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    Location: Gloucestershire

    I bought a grey market key for £8 a year ago, that's still going strong. Would do it again.

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    - Armageus
     
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  6. Armageus

    Don

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    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

    That's nice for you, although not sure why you went to the trouble - you can just run it in unlicensed mode and the only difference is a watermark on the desktop
     
  7. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 13 Oct 2006

    Posts: 74,113

    Those cheap keys are very varied in experience - as I posted recently MS block banned a whole load of them a couple of months back or so that previously had worked for months/years.

    Unfortunately the price you pay (unless buying directly from an established company like OcUK or MS directly) isn't much of an indication either - couple of well known stores are selling 3rd party fulfilled ones at £60-100 where the majority of sellers unfortunately are just repackaging non-retail, etc. channel keys and/or salvaged OEM keys that eventually get blocked.
     
  8. cheesyboy

    Capodecina

    Joined: 7 Dec 2012

    Posts: 14,121

    Location: Gloucestershire

    Living room pc. Don't really want the minor nag, nor the more fiddly wallpaper changing routine. And it's only £8! Not a lot of trouble.
     
  9. Kermit

    Mobster

    Joined: 27 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,970

    Location: UK

    You can still use a legit Windows 7 key to activate Windows 10 of the same type eg Win 7 Home, Win 10 Home etc.

    I think MS still allow that as the master plan will be to get 95% of PC's on to Windows 10 then at some point switch it to subscription for upgrades.