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Windows 10 Pro - £39.99 @ PC Pro Magazine
Posted 16th Oct 2020
I realise that many buy 'grey' versions of Windows 10, but for those wanting a legitimate license for a PC build for example, PC Pro (and other magazines - Computer Active and others) often do deals for a Windows 10 Pro license for a good discount.
Windows 10 Home often found for £29 too.

I realise not as cheap as codes found on eBay etc...but this is a legitimate license for a good price compared to retail.
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As previously mentioned, these are just as genuine or dodgy as the ones you'll find on eBay for a tenth of the price.
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I posted this deal last month and it got merged into a different deal after it was voted cold. The double standards on this site are driving me away from using it
For anyone that’s interested in what is wrong with OEM keys on ebay (and sorry, I know it’s extremely boring – part of my job is defending companies from Microsoft software audits and many of their licensing terms are in my opinion intentionally over complicated) :

OEM is the way Microsoft sell software to hardware vendors (e.g. HP, DELL, all the way down to small system builders) to provide OS and applications on any PC they sell you. In the agreement between OEM vendor and Microsoft the PC Vendor/manufacturer must sell the PC with the OS/software pre-installed.

To be valid, an OEM license must be acquired following the below conditions

Sold By OEM Channel

As part of a purchase of minimum 1 (one) unit Motherboard or 1 (one) CPU.

Proof of purchase (invoice) of the above hardware declares the OEM license included with the purchasing package.

Pre installed on your harddrive

The OEM license is bound to the PC it came preinstalled on (cannot be moved).



The difference between this and retail licensing (which is the deal referred to by the OP) is that the retail license can be sold independently and binds to the person who bought the license (who owns the retail box + Proof of Purchase), also unlike OEM version, the owner has the right to move the software he bought between different PCs.

When you buy a license from ebay there’s a fair chance the license key can be activated, but the way you obtained the license is contrary to microsoft’s legal terms and conditions of use. If you buy an OEM license separate from the hardware (separate invoices), then your license is NOT valid, just because an ebay license activates doesn't mean it is legit, it means that currently Microsoft's activation does not check if the OEM license matches the serial number of the motherboard of the PC you should have bought it with.

The deal posted by the OP is a good price for the retail copy.

For people who are morally flexible enough to go with a copy from ebay then you can rest safe in the knowledge that (at the moment) Microsoft generally don’t really care whether your home copy is legit or not. This is only a problem for companies who may have to undergo a software assessment or on-site audit from Microsoft (and individuals with plenty of money that like to do things by the book).

For those who have bought it this way and think your license is 'legit' - it certainly is not (unless you bought a retail copy and have the box with the licence key on it), but it is likely to work for the foreseeable future. I might have some concerns that given W10 is the 'last' version of windows they might put something into the OS in the dim distant future which may change the way it activates and these dodgy licenses may have an issue after some future update but I don't see that being particularly feasible. Microsoft makes their money from corporate customers, it is in their greater interests to have people using their OS's and office software at home as it creates a sheep mentality and a workforce with experience of their products both of which help encourage organisations to keep using their products in the corporate environment.

What I personally dislike is that there are individuals on ebay making a killing off trading in these illegal licenses, its a bit of a generalisation but when illegal practices are happening on a large scale it tends to be organised crime behind it.

While I don't condone software piracy, if people really don't want to pay the going rate for software and you are ok with having a dodgy copy of W10 or office then why fill the pockets of these ebay scammers when there are plenty of places you can go to get it for free.
Do not buy it. I contacted Microsoft, and they confirmed that PC Pro is not on their approved list of suppliers. Also, when you look deeper into this, you will notice that PC Pro only act as an agent. So save yourself troubles and buy original one or get one from fleebay for the fraction of this amount of money.
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can i use this on a branded PC?
Yes
whats the difference between these ebay codes and this one? do the ebay codes expire?
Pay in euro and it will be 39.99€ for W10 pro.
I posted this deal last month and it got merged into a different deal after it was voted cold. The double standards on this site are driving me away from using it
Paying more then £5 for windows 10 why it should be free with the amount of telemetry data they collect and if they remove this i might stretch to £20
Do not buy it. I contacted Microsoft, and they confirmed that PC Pro is not on their approved list of suppliers. Also, when you look deeper into this, you will notice that PC Pro only act as an agent. So save yourself troubles and buy original one or get one from fleebay for the fraction of this amount of money.
LukeMB16/10/2020 23:42

Do not buy it. I contacted Microsoft, and they confirmed that PC Pro is …Do not buy it. I contacted Microsoft, and they confirmed that PC Pro is not on their approved list of suppliers. Also, when you look deeper into this, you will notice that PC Pro only act as an agent. So save yourself troubles and buy original one or get one from fleebay for the fraction of this amount of money.


Now you said that, I have just checked their website. It does look like one of those sites. Doesn’t look legit tbh
Microsoft regularly invalidates keys they consider illegitimate, and rarely do so to OEM keys, presumably with the knowledge they are also re-sold. They could likely kill what the OP deems 'grey' keys fairly easily if they were determined to do so.

I'm not sure why so many people are white-knighting Microsoft's preference for how you buy license keys. Is the underlying argument that aftermarket sale causes legitimate OEM key prices to rise, or that they equivocate it to piracy?

Personally I wouldn't consider buying aftermarket OEM keys as theft, and judging by how MS bans 'pirate' keys and not resold OEM keys, it appears they don't either. There's a good market for them to sell further Microsoft products and services to in the long run, and likely was a conscious decision at their end. Nonetheless, I'm sure they'd be proud to see people arguing on forums that keys should be bought at top dollar so buyers can sleep sound at night.
The eBay keys are not legit. If you're ok with dodgy keys then why not use a free "method" instead of paying some scam artist? It's often exactly the same thing but you haven't been dumb enough to pay for it.
Edited by: "repouk" 17th Oct
repouk17/10/2020 00:19

The eBay keys are not legit. If you're ok with dodgy keys then why not …The eBay keys are not legit. If you're ok with dodgy keys then why not use a free "method" instead of paying some scam artist? It's often exactly the same thing but you haven't been dumb enough to pay for it.



Convenience and reduction in overall risk.
RedRain16/10/2020 23:20

Paying more then £5 for windows 10 why it should be free with the amount …Paying more then £5 for windows 10 why it should be free with the amount of telemetry data they collect and if they remove this i might stretch to £20


True and in the same vein Google, Facebook, Apple and others should pay us for using their services
Edited by: "adam.mt" 17th Oct
Bodged updates that take for ever and countless viruses we have to pay for, no thanks
I’m still using Window XP
LukeMB16/10/2020 23:42

Do not buy it. I contacted Microsoft, and they confirmed that PC Pro is …Do not buy it. I contacted Microsoft, and they confirmed that PC Pro is not on their approved list of suppliers. Also, when you look deeper into this, you will notice that PC Pro only act as an agent. So save yourself troubles and buy original one or get one from fleebay for the fraction of this amount of money.


If true, then I agree why buy this
Lol this thread. I've used ebay oem keys for about 10 pcs that friends have had. No issues. Changed pc parts on my own pc, and moans as pc hardware has changed. Live chat with Microsoft they sorted it as changed my cpu. No issues.
£40 quid!? Get one off ebay for a few quid and don't waste your money on this nonsense
RickyWong16/10/2020 23:05

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Hi there,

Just a quick question if you know the answer please.

I purchased discounted Windows 7 (which got upgraded to Windows 10 for free) through a discount program through my work (think it was something like £30 at the time and was wondering if I did ever upgrade my PC if I could just bung the hard drive into the new PC (I have upgraded the CPU and memory over the course of time but unsure if it will work if I change more than 2 hardware items).

Thanks Mark.
geekonthepc16/10/2020 23:05

I posted this deal last month and it got merged into a different deal …I posted this deal last month and it got merged into a different deal after it was voted cold. The double standards on this site are driving me away from using it


Just use this site to find yourself good deals. You don't really gain anything from posting your own deals, it is just a community service like posting reviews.
Imagine paying £39.99 for Windows 10. eBay keys aren’t shady, and I’ve used the same key for my MacBook Pro a couple of times when I had to reformat by Bootcamp Partition.

If it activates, it’s legit, don’t be a mug and pay £39.99.
Dragon3217/10/2020 07:37

Hi there,Just a quick question if you know the answer please.I purchased …Hi there,Just a quick question if you know the answer please.I purchased discounted Windows 7 (which got upgraded to Windows 10 for free) through a discount program through my work (think it was something like £30 at the time and was wondering if I did ever upgrade my PC if I could just bung the hard drive into the new PC (I have upgraded the CPU and memory over the course of time but unsure if it will work if I change more than 2 hardware items).Thanks Mark.


It's a change of mobo that is the trigger in the vast majority of cases, even when all the other components are the same. Even a identical replacement mobo due to hardware failure will trigger the activation fail
license of windows 10 pro attached to my account, so If I do login into my own devices all them prompt to upgrade to windows 10 pro - I don't have issues with that!
This post is a great example of poor knowledge in the comments,
From this claiming ebay keys are fake, yes some are but you can get Microsoft to validate them so check when you buy.
To those claiming Microsoft takes all your data? Yes they do and can but again there are ways to stop this also.
My view, you would have to be mad to pay more than £10 for this given you can get it validated for authenticity,
geekonthepc16/10/2020 23:05

I posted this deal last month and it got merged into a different deal …I posted this deal last month and it got merged into a different deal after it was voted cold. The double standards on this site are driving me away from using it


Is there another site that you use instead? Just curious as for me this site is great, I don't care for hot or cold I just look for deals that interest me, I have seen a decline though since the Amazon changes from free delivery to minimum spend as then a lot of deals stopped and it was full of high end TV and pcs with tiny savings .
weswart16/10/2020 22:19

can i use this on a branded PC?


Death does not look if we are or not part of a branded category, yes you can.
Anyway this is still free if you got a copy of the W7/8 or DAZ w7 software. I believe it can still be purchased on ebay for few pound but make sure it will be an OEM(for 1 pc only). Retail copy (from dodgy ebay seller) would usually be sold and resold many times until MS would ban it after few weeks or more.
Edited by: "bobo53" 17th Oct
marteee16/10/2020 22:57

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I would argue that you are wrong to. Most of the enterprise codes that been bought with hardware newer been activated. As the It usually has prebuild image with security configurations etc. So the codes that been paid are waisted. You right that by agreement they should not be transferred. But I would argue that if they have been paid for, they should be allowed to be used.
H0TDEALER17/10/2020 03:28

I’m still using Window XP


I've got some computers in my lab that still run on XP, 95, and windows 3.1
Windows 10 lets you install it for free, the only thing is on the desktop it says this version isnt activated. You still get updates etc.

What is the need to pay for it exactly?
This is an insanely affordable way to compute like a professional all day and all night. A windows 10 Pro retail key is worth hundreds of pounds.

Important: this doesn't include a laptop or gaming rig. You need to supply your own hardware.

Smoking hot deal though.
LukeMB16/10/2020 23:42

Do not buy it. I contacted Microsoft, and they confirmed that PC Pro is …Do not buy it. I contacted Microsoft, and they confirmed that PC Pro is not on their approved list of suppliers. Also, when you look deeper into this, you will notice that PC Pro only act as an agent. So save yourself troubles and buy original one or get one from fleebay for the fraction of this amount of money.


Interesting. However it'd be Dennis Publishing, not PC Pro. I couldn't see the agent bit you referred to, as far as I can tell Cleverbridge is just the store tech platform.

Did a bit more research and it seems Cleverbridge is main reseller here. All depends on how legimate Cleverbridge are!

Reinstated my original comment as I think that is actually accurate :). Get's confusing
Edited by: "daedos" 17th Oct
It's cheaper to steal stuff from a shop, is that right, no. I don't understand why people seem to have difficulty understanding if your buying a windows key for tuppence ha'penny its not legit when the retail is around £119.99. You might be comfortable doing that, but you know it's no different to torrenting the latest blockbuster and claiming you own it. This may well be legit, I used to read PC Pro many years ago, I don't know, I was mainly referring to eBay keys.
You don't, just don't use Windows. Continuing to give them market share by buying a cheap key off eBay is hardly sticking it to them...
Whammerhead17/10/2020 02:40

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... or just buy a cheap 2nd hand copy of Windows 7 for £14 and then upgrade for free to Windows 10. Job's done.
For anyone that’s interested in what is wrong with OEM keys on ebay (and sorry, I know it’s extremely boring – part of my job is defending companies from Microsoft software audits and many of their licensing terms are in my opinion intentionally over complicated) :

OEM is the way Microsoft sell software to hardware vendors (e.g. HP, DELL, all the way down to small system builders) to provide OS and applications on any PC they sell you. In the agreement between OEM vendor and Microsoft the PC Vendor/manufacturer must sell the PC with the OS/software pre-installed.

To be valid, an OEM license must be acquired following the below conditions

Sold By OEM Channel

As part of a purchase of minimum 1 (one) unit Motherboard or 1 (one) CPU.

Proof of purchase (invoice) of the above hardware declares the OEM license included with the purchasing package.

Pre installed on your harddrive

The OEM license is bound to the PC it came preinstalled on (cannot be moved).



The difference between this and retail licensing (which is the deal referred to by the OP) is that the retail license can be sold independently and binds to the person who bought the license (who owns the retail box + Proof of Purchase), also unlike OEM version, the owner has the right to move the software he bought between different PCs.

When you buy a license from ebay there’s a fair chance the license key can be activated, but the way you obtained the license is contrary to microsoft’s legal terms and conditions of use. If you buy an OEM license separate from the hardware (separate invoices), then your license is NOT valid, just because an ebay license activates doesn't mean it is legit, it means that currently Microsoft's activation does not check if the OEM license matches the serial number of the motherboard of the PC you should have bought it with.

The deal posted by the OP is a good price for the retail copy.

For people who are morally flexible enough to go with a copy from ebay then you can rest safe in the knowledge that (at the moment) Microsoft generally don’t really care whether your home copy is legit or not. This is only a problem for companies who may have to undergo a software assessment or on-site audit from Microsoft (and individuals with plenty of money that like to do things by the book).

For those who have bought it this way and think your license is 'legit' - it certainly is not (unless you bought a retail copy and have the box with the licence key on it), but it is likely to work for the foreseeable future. I might have some concerns that given W10 is the 'last' version of windows they might put something into the OS in the dim distant future which may change the way it activates and these dodgy licenses may have an issue after some future update but I don't see that being particularly feasible. Microsoft makes their money from corporate customers, it is in their greater interests to have people using their OS's and office software at home as it creates a sheep mentality and a workforce with experience of their products both of which help encourage organisations to keep using their products in the corporate environment.

What I personally dislike is that there are individuals on ebay making a killing off trading in these illegal licenses, its a bit of a generalisation but when illegal practices are happening on a large scale it tends to be organised crime behind it.

While I don't condone software piracy, if people really don't want to pay the going rate for software and you are ok with having a dodgy copy of W10 or office then why fill the pockets of these ebay scammers when there are plenty of places you can go to get it for free.
BritishDragon17/10/2020 08:25

It's a change of mobo that is the trigger in the vast majority of cases, …It's a change of mobo that is the trigger in the vast majority of cases, even when all the other components are the same. Even a identical replacement mobo due to hardware failure will trigger the activation fail


OK thanks for that. 🏻
RickyWong16/10/2020 23:05

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Yes I've purchased many OEM Win 10 keys from ebay for custom system builds. Never had a problem unless changing the motherboard. This is a good deal for a retail copy that can be moved over to different system builds or if you are just hesitant to purchase an OEM license for the various reasons already covered here. Heat added.
Edited by: "FoO.ShAKeS" 17th Oct
@effpee Came here to post a lot of what you said. I used to run my own PC components shop and what you've said is spot on. People don't seem to understand the OEM license.

Also to the person saying some eBay sellers are selling are volume license keys - if they are then selling those on is against the license too.
Edited by: "tonyyeb" 17th Oct
RickyWong16/10/2020 23:51

Now you said that, I have just checked their website. It does look like …Now you said that, I have just checked their website. It does look like one of those sites. Doesn’t look legit tbh


It's sold via Cleverbridge, a well known and respected company that sells products for many big software companies like Acronis, Corel, Malwarebytes, F-secure, the list goes on and on. I seriously doubt they'd be selling non legitimate Microsoft software.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 17th Oct
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