Unless you have an MSDN subscription, I'm not aware of any legal ways to obtain Windows 10 Enterprise except through some kind of organizational licensing arrangement, as others have stated.
I have contacted the seller and his comment is that I was sold a legitimate OS but it cannot be upgraded because it is no longer owned by an employee of the "university". He states that he feels secure in saying it was OK to sell me the laptop with it installed without notifying me that it was not his OS to sell.
I recently cloned the hard drive and when installing the new drive it showed unactivated... So I am trying to see if this is pirating or just stupidity for buying a laptop with the operating system installed?
Is it my understanding that in able to install Windows 10 Enterprise that Windows 10 Pro ( or other OS) should be installed . Should the seller furnish me with that COA?
Man without an OS
You mention Dell D830 as laptop model in your system specs. That's an almost 10 years old model which came shipped with Windows XP and later on with Windows Vista; if the COA sticker on laptop is still readable or the seller could find its information, you might get lucky and get an OEM product key for either XP or Vista. Upgrading either of them to Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 would require a paid for upgrade license.
However, that does not help you in any way to get free Windows 10. If you want a legal and valid, activated operating system on that laptop you have to buy one. Whatever OS you'll buy, remember this: if an eBay seller gives it to you with a nice low price, you will most probably end up as you started, with a counterfeit OS which might or might not work and activate. Those $10 Windows 7 or $25 Windows 10 licenses are not valid.
Last edited by Kari; 17 Nov 2016 at 19:23. Reason: Fixed some typos
If you can prove that the seller advertised the laptop for sale with Windows 10 provided then you will have to take the seller to court and get your money back for Windows 10. Full retail price. Your copy of Windows 10 is illegal for you to use. PERIOD. The EULA that the previous user agreed to for Windows 10 Enterprise has no provision in it for them to sell it. Both the Pro and Home Windows 10 EULAs have provisions for you to sell it.
Thank you, it was my oversight for not knowing what the EULA stated , or didn't have a clause for, for the transfer of license I was buying with the computer.
Yes I have the ad stating that it included the W10 Enterprise OS and the seller states he included a legal working OS that is still valid...
I just wish that MS would have some proof source or at least make it more clear for W10 Enterprise and Education version users in regards to selling the license with a computer...
"4. Transfer. The provisions of this section do not apply if you acquired the software as a consumer in Germany or in any of the countries listed on this site (aka.ms/transfer), in which case any transfer of the software to a third party, and the right to use it, must comply with applicable law.
a. Software preinstalled on device. If you acquired the software preinstalled on a device (and also if you upgraded from software preinstalled on a device), you may transfer the license to use the software directly to another user, only with the licensed device. The transfer must include the software and, if provided with the device, an authentic Windows label including the product key. Before any permitted transfer, the other party must agree that this agreement applies to the transfer and use of the software.
b. Stand-alone software. If you acquired the software as stand-alone software (and also if you upgraded from software you acquired as stand-alone software), you may transfer the software to another device that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software to a device owned by someone else if (i) you are the first licensed user of the software and (ii) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Every time you transfer the software to a new device, you must remove the software from the prior device. You may not transfer the software to share licenses between devices."
May I ask how much you paid for the laptop?
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