The $5 to $7 Windows 10 license keys. How does this sale work (the websites). Are they legal, limited? As opposed to over $100 MS keys.?

Any information available about low cost license keys. How they work or behave.

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  • 7 months ago

    Those kind of sites are not legit and are selling stolen or hacked keys. Buy at your own rick since Microsoft can ban those keys at anytime without warning and lock down your computer's OS over it.

    Source(s): 20 Yeah of computers building and Certified Ethical Hacking.
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  • 8 months ago

    Go straight to microsoft for the genuine stuff.

    Different license states have different prices depending on the software package.

    There are the pirates to be ware of, they capitalize reselling the same product key which is illegal.

    A good number of credible sites are out there.

    A product key selling genuine for $100 you find it for $10, almost a bet it is pirated.

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  • 8 months ago

       Hi.  There are several types of licensing agreements that allow using a large number of license regcodes by 1 business or person.

       The 1st is an Enterprise license, this can include at least 3 or 5 regcodes under a single domain of computers - desogned for a Home LAN with computers for the whole family.

    These can also have as many as a couple thousand licenses included.

       The 2nd is an OEM / System Builder license. This one is for companies who build new computers or repair / upgrade older ones, but the catch with these licenses is that the use of the license depends on the support of the computer(s) being provided completely by the

    holder of the License, therefore re;easing MS from any necessary support costs or contracts.

       The 3rd is an Authorized Retailer key, where the major stores are allowed to install an imaged copy of Windows ontro their new computers, then when the buyer fills out the Windows info before using the computer, it connects & receives a key generated with the Retailer's ID & other hardware serial numbers & certain private, MS-internal mathematical functions.

       And the final is the "Decommissioned hardware" license. This one's for when a system has a genuine regcode that is linked to the hardware, but the hardware is no longer in working condition, so the license is transferrable to different hardware - but only when it's included with absolute proof the original system is destroyed. If a different system tries to use the same code, it will instantly disable on BOTH systems & any future one that tries to use it.

       As You can see, there are conditions with all the "volume licensing" conditions, but some people just don't respect them, assuming MS doesn't give a rat's *ss about prosecuting for it.

       Other licenses are from other countries, where MS has affiliates that are 3rd party companies, that have relaxed validation procedures that allow some fake codes to pass thru, but eventually those codes are failed when anything connects to a real MS validation system for updates or drivers, etc..


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  • 8 months ago

    Grey market keys aren't illegal per se but they may be obtained in ways that are less than legal.

    A lot of them are probably volume license keys which Microsoft normally provides to businesses who need to put Windows on a large number of computers for, say, a whole office or something. They're not meant to be resold but people with no scruples do it anyway.

    The key may activate or it may not, and since they're not meant to be used by regular consumer PCs there's always a chance that Microsoft can revoke the activation at any time and there's nothing you can do about it.

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  • 8 months ago

    The old rule about if it's too good to be true applies to these things.

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  • 8 months ago

    If you look for places that have been in business a long time and will send you the original Microsoft CoA (certificate of authority sticker, that has the key printed on it), it's likely legitimate. 

    Those are generally from scrapped machines.

    The other type of sellers are the fly-by-night ones that set up accounts, sell keys for a couple of weeks or so, then vanish before the complaints have a chance to get back through ebay.

    Those keys are either illegal volume licence ones, or [free] MSDN developer keys that are automatically disabled after a time.

    The first type may be slightly more expensive (I think I paid 12- for some), but it's worth the extra.

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  • 8 months ago

    A lot of those keys are 'gray market' keys. The keys themselves aren't illegal, but how they were obtained is of dubious legality.

    There are keys known as volume license keys. These are keys that a business buys for their organization and only for use in that business. These keys may be leaked or stolen and then sold.

    Take a look at this video:

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    He explains it better than I can.

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  • 8 months ago

    Unless it is from Microsoft or another trusted source, it is crap.

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