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  1.    27 Jul 2017 #1
    Join Date : Jun 2015
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    Where do you get your new system licenses?


    Hi all,

    Just wondering where everyone here gets new OEM (or Retail) licenses for new system builds...

    I generally get the OEM system builder's disc with license key from Amazon or Newegg, but I am finding they aren't as readily available as before. Doing a quick Google Search also landed me on a few sites that are selling licenses for super cheap like $26 or something. Are these legit?

    Thanks!
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  2.    27 Jul 2017 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Trnava
    Posts : 2,871
    Windows 10.4 Home 1709 x64

    Quote Originally Posted by muzicman82 View Post
    Doing a quick Google Search also landed me on a few sites that are selling licenses for super cheap like $26 or something. Are these legit?
    Mostly not, but it can help your consequence, that you have bought it, not stole it.

    EU made the law, that you can resell used licences, 7-8 upgraded to 10, is a cheap 10 licence.

    I have got Home and Pro for $10 each and I do not complain, neither do people, who use them.
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  3.    27 Jul 2017 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Arnold, MD
    Posts : 29,071
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    Can you resell software licenses? The latest legal position in 2016 | The ITAM Review

    The European Court has restated the legality of the resale of software in Europe


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  4.    27 Jul 2017 #4

    No, they are not...

    Law is a conundrum whichever way one looks at it...cross-country makes it even more complicated.

    OEM purchased is not for home use.

    The $26 keys are (most likely) MSDN acquired that will expire as soon as it's activation count is exceeded (from sale to others...) DL may be different tho' as it's perpetual for the installation.







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  5.    28 Jul 2017 #5
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
    Posts : 1,400
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

    Your local Bestbuy sells W10.
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  6.    01 Aug 2017 #6
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,836
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    No, they are not...

    Law is a conundrum whichever way one looks at it...cross-country makes it even more complicated.

    OEM purchased is not for home use.

    The $26 keys are (most likely) MSDN acquired that will expire as soon as it's activation count is exceeded (from sale to others...) DL may be different tho' as it's perpetual for the installation.







    With Windows 7 and 8 installations from these sources, is that going to matter if a genuineticket.xml is created in the upgrade to 10, and the Windows 7 or 8 is never used thereafter, having served their purpose of activating 10 and giving a digital license to the machine?

    Windows 7, IIRC, does not even need to be connected to the Internet to activate, so if installed offline, then upgraded to 10 offline, will pass as genuine, whatever the state of the 7 license on Microsoft's databases of blacklisted product keys - the key will never be passed on to Microsoft by Windows 10.

    I've not seen a Windows 10 upgrade from an OEM 7 or 8 installation (OEM SLP or COA) that betrays its origin as OEM - all have RETAIL channel appearing in the license with slmgr /dlv

    The 15-25% of Microsoft's OS revenue that comes from "domestic" purchases either of retail software or that that the OEM outlet pays MS for Windows (75%+ being commercial OS sales) is counterbalanced by the domestic CB userbase doing final bug detection via WER (as well as the well-established Insider Program!), self-training in the use of the most recent Windows releases, before Industry/commercial and public sector userbases pay the horses share of revenue when they uptake the stable CBB versions of the OS.
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  7.    01 Aug 2017 #7

    Yes, Faf.. you are correct... hence my qualifying statement regarding DL..

    According to the EULA an OEM upgrade retains that licence... however, with DL ALL become Retail (which reliquishes the OEM from support) that is what makes interpreting it fuzzy.

    ...therein lies the dilemma.

    BTW.. I can't see the sense of reselling OEM licences as they are PC specific and should not activate on different hardware.
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  8.    01 Aug 2017 #8
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,836
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    I guess that Microsoft has to estimate demand for OEM licenses when a new OS is produced, and generate the product IDs for their Licensing database in batches for each edition. If they underestimate demand it might be tricky, so they probably allocate too many in each edition for a new OS. If there is this oversupply, as the product ages in terms of its lifecycle, MS can still make money off them if sold off cheaply enough in bulk batches to interested parties - like the guys who sell them really cheaply from China on ebay etc. OEM would typically be cheaper than retail, but still retain some value.

    Windows 10, not strictly having a product key, in most cases, probably alleviates that problem for the foreseeable future.

    You'll probably know more about this than most folk, Craig, but from the 32^25 = 42,535,295,865,117,307,932,921,825,928,971,026,432 possible permutations of the 25 character product keys Microsoft uses, some must be already used, others blacklisted and others with invalid configurations, I guess.

    I don't know how you can tell if a particular licence belongs to a particular version and edition for instance. Are they encoded in the product key, or is that information stored on the licence databases?

    I doubt if MS will ever enforce EULA terms on individuals, the function of the EULA is to act as a deterrent to would be AAArrrh! merchants, and use against mid-range criminals who are not smart enough to avoid getting caught.
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  9.    02 Aug 2017 #9

    Faf, the algorithm is quite complicated but yep, the version and edition is stored in the key.
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  10.    03 Aug 2017 #10
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 10,449
    Windows 10 IoT

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Yes, Faf.. you are correct... hence my qualifying statement regarding DL..

    According to the EULA an OEM upgrade retains that licence... however, with DL ALL become Retail (which reliquishes the OEM from support) that is what makes interpreting it fuzzy.

    ...therein lies the dilemma.

    BTW.. I can't see the sense of reselling OEM licences as they are PC specific and should not activate on different hardware.
    My theory (and that's all it is) is that, that is done because once you upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft becomes your tech support. The OEM that sold you the device with Windows 7 or 8 isn't going to even want to talk to you once you upgrade from the factory installed OS. Most won't anyway. They will just tell you to call Microsoft. And if you get online with Microsoft and it came back as still showing as OEM, they will say contact the manufacturer. I'm referring to the flow chart tech support.
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