How to buy a Windows 10 Pro License

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  1. Wynona's Avatar
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    Windows 10 1909 Build 18363.657
       #31

    TV2 said:
    Sorry folks, been away a few days.
    Lots of great info here. Good conversation.

    I pulled the trigger and bought the full retail USB stick version from Amazon for $187.10.
    I will certainly post my findings here if anything comes up wonky.

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    I chose to go full retail because I have always done that going all the way back to XP. I just don't want to have to deal with any legal shenanigans for any reason, and I've been on the phone with MS to move licenses more than once. It takes long enough when you are in the right.

    I bought a legit Windows 7 "Family Pack" (3 licenses for the price of one) off the store shelf and everything went great until that 4th system rolled about - uninstall off of system #1 to install on system #4. That was a LONG phone call. It ended up being me getting to a tech that took over remotely and just overrode everything and got it activated.
    I'm not interested in doing that dance again!
    Wise choice, TV2. Your logic is very good, and I would and have done the same. Like you, I don't want any legal hassles.

    I've also been through the same hassles when moving Windows.xx from one computer to another. Best I can remember is that I was given a number to plug in after I'd convinced the tech Windows was removed from the original computer. You may have gotten a newbie tech that still didn't know the ropes.
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  2. TV2's Avatar
    TV2
    Posts : 1,270
    W10 Pro 1909
    Thread Starter
       #32

    Thanks.
    The MS folks were very helpful. The numbers were just not taking on rig#4 for some reason. Probably due to the 3-license deal.
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  3. storageman's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 1909 18363.836
       #33

    This is a great discussion, but everybody is not including some very important Info.

    The enclosed photo is of a Microsoft packaged Window 10 Pro OEM version. It was purchased from NewEgg as their posted OEM version. The key that limits the EULA is listed in the Third line in the agreement on the package. It states and I quote :

    "You are responsible for providing end-user support".

    The key is "if you call Microsoft with a problem using this version of W10" they will laugh at you. Simple easy to understand. This also is true for the Builders version where a HP/Dell/Asus/etc does the support.

    If you buy a Retail version, then yes you will receive support and can call (for however long the warranty is specified) Microsoft support and they will honor your requests. I as an owner of this version of W10 cannot receive any support from Microsoft.

    Now as far as trying to sell this version of W10, no can do, however for personal use its fine, but has NO support. If I want to upgrade the hardware using this version, I would need a new License.
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  4. Superfly's Avatar
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       #34

    So... you sell the OEM build to your mom.. (for obviously nothing)... your mom, being a mom (...oooh my baby boy and that) , gives it back to you ... Happy Days!
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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
    Posts : 13,223
    Windows 10 Pro
       #35

    storageman said:
    Now as far as trying to sell this version of W10, no can do, however for personal use its fine, but has NO support.
    Microsoft disagrees with you regarding personal use.
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  6. storageman's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 1909 18363.836
       #36

    Superfly said:
    So... you sell the OEM build to your mom.. (for obviously nothing)... your mom, being a mom (...oooh my baby boy and that) , gives it back to you ... Happy Days!
    NO you can't sell it to your MOM, I said you Can't sell it to anybody.
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  7. storageman's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 1909 18363.836
       #37

    NavyLCDR said:
    Microsoft disagrees with you regarding personal use.
    I guess they can convict me for the last 15 years ?
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  8. Winuser's Avatar
    Posts : 6,483
    Windows 10 Pro Insider
       #38

    Reading this thread has peaked my curiosity. If someone upgraded a OEM Home build to a Pro build through the MS Store and that computer dies is the Pro key transferable to another computer running a OEM Home build?
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  9. Soapm's Avatar
    Posts : 248
    Win10
       #39

    Winuser said:
    Reading this thread has peaked my curiosity. If someone upgraded a OEM Home build to a Pro build through the MS Store and that computer dies is the Pro key transferable to another computer running a OEM Home build?
    Or, if you purchase an new motherboard to add more oomph to your system???
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  10. Posts : 1,102
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 2004 19041.264
       #40

    Yes i purchased my Windows 10 Pro from Microsoft Store in 2016, Had issues with getting it transferred from my old out of service AMD system, called MS, and they eventually gave me a key. shows retail when i ran the way to check method. But not sure if can transfer it a second time in the future or not, i guess if it is really retail then can
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