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    Cheap ebay windows 10 pro product keys, legit or not ?

    Are these legit ?

    I need bitlocker to use with a Samsung 850 evo ssd so need to upgrade from the home edition that came preinstalled with my laptop.

    If they are legit how would i go about upgrading. Fresh install or just use the upgrade option in windows ? Whenever I have reinstalled windows in the past it has picked up the product key that the laptop shipped with which would mean it would put home on again, how would I stop this happening so that I could use the pro key from eBay.

    Also, can these eBay pro keys be moved to a new laptop if I get one ? I would want to put my laptop back to standard with the original home key it shipped with, and then put the pro key on the new laptop.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    If you have an old win 7 pro oem license laying around unactivaced they work. For example a a work one that is activated using a kms server. Or even an old retail version should reregister when you install 10 pro

    If you have an old win 7 pro oem license laying around unactivaced they work. For example a a work one that is activated using a kms server. Or even an old retail version should reregister when you install 10 pro

    Ebay keys are what we would call legit to a certain degree.
    While yes they activate and they are cheap, there are some drawbacks. They are OEM keys usually for manufactures which means you won't get support from Microsoft if you need help with windows. Another drawback is that they can get blocked by Microsoft if they find out that multiple people have been using it (Like if the seller sells the same key to many people) or they might block it due to other reasons. They can also be keys bought with stolen credit cards then resold to customers to get money.

    In conclusion, yes they are legit but be aware with support and the fact you could be putting money into a theives pocket. Also not to forget the chance of the key becoming invalid after a while.

    Opium pulses

    100% not legit. There are 2 methods:
    1) Key generators. Keys/updates tend to get blocked within 90 days.
    2) volume licensing where MS issue a key which can activate say 100 devices as part of a subscription scheme offered to developers/business. They get hold of multiples of these volume licenses and sell the keys on eBay. Again eventually MS cotton on and the key gets blocked but it may take longer.

    OEM is licensed for one device and dies with it although in reality you can generally reactivate over the phone.

    Buy new sealed OEM packs or new/sealed or used Retail boxed and save yourself the hassle.
    Edited by: "COUPONKEV" 21st Jan

    Pirates are still having a field day via installing w8 pro, activating via KMS, then upgrading to w10 pro for zero outlay via assisted tech route. Once the w10 registered on MS servers, the keen pirates often wipe and then clean install w10 which obviously then auto-activates. Bizarrely MS seem OK with this!

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the replies,intersstjng stuff. I don't get how sellers on there have over 10,000+ feedback and are doing this, eBay seem to allow it, I am sure Microsoft would have some sort of revenue protection team that should be getting these removed from eBay. Unless they want to hook us in the hole we will just pay up for a proper license once they deactivate these ones.


    What's the cheapest way to get a proper clean, never used copy of windows pro so that I can use bitlocker, and also take it with me if when get a new laptop ?

    You don't need a new one, a used retail boxed version will be fine provided the seller confirms the hard drive has been wiped. You're looking for a blue box. Don't buy it if there is no certificate of authenticity in the photos in the listing and don't buy it if it says USA on the certificate. You are looking for one that says 'ORIGIN IRELAND' along with FQC-00133. PM me the listing number if you find one and I'll check it for you, 80% are fakes.

    eBay don't care as they take between 5 & 10% in fees, easy money for them. Microsoft don't care as it costs them too much to police it.

    I bought mine on eBay for like £50 (I know that was a mistake), however its still working after 1 year

    arjanvirdi

    I bought mine on eBay for like £50 (I know that was a mistake), however … I bought mine on eBay for like £50 (I know that was a mistake), however its still working after 1 year


    Lucky for you. Best not to take the risk if you can avoid it.

    Best way as described above is correct 64bit Windows 7 pro key (activated) then upgraded to Win10 as will produce an ongoing genuine OS

    thegamingkinginfo

    Ebay keys are what we would call legit to a certain degree.While yes they … Ebay keys are what we would call legit to a certain degree.While yes they activate and they are cheap, there are some drawbacks. They are OEM keys usually for manufactures which means you won't get support from Microsoft if you need help with windows. Another drawback is that they can get blocked by Microsoft if they find out that multiple people have been using it (Like if the seller sells the same key to many people) or they might block it due to other reasons. They can also be keys bought with stolen credit cards then resold to customers to get money.In conclusion, yes they are legit but be aware with support and the fact you could be putting money into a theives pocket. Also not to forget the chance of the key becoming invalid after a while.



    If it's a few quid on eBay, under no circumstances is it legit.

    Just checking, does your laptop have a hardware TPM module or does it run an integrated or firmware version ?

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    usman330

    Thanks for the replies,intersstjng stuff. I don't get how sellers on … Thanks for the replies,intersstjng stuff. I don't get how sellers on there have over 10,000+ feedback and are doing this, eBay seem to allow it, I am sure Microsoft would have some sort of revenue protection team that should be getting these removed from eBay. Unless they want to hook us in the hole we will just pay up for a proper license once they deactivate these ones. What's the cheapest way to get a proper clean, never used copy of windows pro so that I can use bitlocker, and also take it with me if when get a new laptop ?



    ​op. people can buy these from abroad. PK especially for 20rps. ! now that's about 8p per key

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    kester76

    Just checking, does your laptop have a hardware TPM module or does it run … Just checking, does your laptop have a hardware TPM module or does it run an integrated or firmware version ?



    Just checked, it doesn't have hardware tpm. Does that mean bitlocker won't work ?

    Seems so damm difficult so encrypt my samsung evo ssd, with my old HDD it was easy to just use truecrypt on the whole device.
    Edited by: "usman330" 22nd Jan

    usman330

    Just checked, it doesn't have hardware tpm. Does that mean bitlocker … Just checked, it doesn't have hardware tpm. Does that mean bitlocker won't work ?


    Sorry, I'm not sure. I tended to stay away from TPM as encryption wasn't a key feature I required and hardware failure would mean potential data loss or make it more difficult to retrieve the data. I think there was an issue with software raid and TPM as well but I might be wrong.

    COUPONKEV

    100% not legit. There are 2 methods: 1) Key generators. Keys/updates tend … 100% not legit. There are 2 methods: 1) Key generators. Keys/updates tend to get blocked within 90 days. 2) volume licensing where MS issue a key which can activate say 100 devices as part of a subscription scheme offered to developers/business. They get hold of multiples of these volume licenses and sell the keys on eBay. Again eventually MS cotton on and the key gets blocked but it may take longer.OEM is licensed for one device and dies with it although in reality you can generally reactivate over the phone.Buy new sealed OEM packs or new/sealed or used Retail boxed and save yourself the hassle.



    Many OEM keys are never used. Corporates buy PC's in bulk lots, the PC's come shipped with an OEM key attached that is never used because they power the machine up and install there own Windows image using MS default KMS key and pointing it to there internal KMS server for activation.
    I've reused many many ex corp OEM licenses without issue
    Edited by: "Uridium" 22nd Jan

    Original Poster

    kester76

    Sorry, I'm not sure. I tended to stay away from TPM as encryption wasn't … Sorry, I'm not sure. I tended to stay away from TPM as encryption wasn't a key feature I required and hardware failure would mean potential data loss or make it more difficult to retrieve the data. I think there was an issue with software raid and TPM as well but I might be wrong.



    Googled it and bitlocker can be used without tpm, it just means a password is required at boot which I actually prefer. When using a TPM module windows doesn't as for any password other than your windows user password if you have one, windows passwords are supposedly easy to bypass. In that scenario bitlocker is only good for protecting the drive in the event it is pulled out and connected to another machine. As long as it stays in the machine it would still be vulnerable. The without TPM method seems better as you have to enter a password at boot.

    Uridium

    Many OEM keys are never used. Corporates buy PC's in bulk lots, the PC's … Many OEM keys are never used. Corporates buy PC's in bulk lots, the PC's come shipped with an OEM key attached that is never used because they power the machine up and install there own Windows image using MS default KMS key and pointing it to there internal KMS server for activation.I've reused many many ex corp OEM licenses without issue



    Irrelevant. Unsealed OEM keys are not for resale and are no more legit than using a keygen/volume license on anything other than the original computer for which it was intended. OEM is fine if the seller provides a genuine sealed white card pack with hardware of some description. Most, around 80%, of the white OEM packs on ebay are counterfeit.

    This is the problem with the ebay keys, you have no idea what you are buying but if an OEM key is sold unpackaged it is no longer legit regardless of whether or not it works and where it came from.

    I can assure you that the keys you see for a few quid on ebay are not genuine OEM keys, they are volume license or have been auto generated and may pass initial activation but will be caught in time. The loophole some have mentioned to turn a fake Win 7 key into a Win 10 digital license may work but it still isn't legit. If you were a business and subjected to a software audit you wouldnt be able to provide an acceptable defence as you would have no paperwork or original Windows 7 certificate to support it.



    Edited by: "COUPONKEV" 22nd Jan

    Might be irrelevant in your eyes but these unused OEM keys do work...I've used them for years....(especially laptop ones that are usually tucked away under the battery having never seen the light of day )

    no... going by the word of the MSLA they shouldn't be used but back in the real world of Joe Average consumer who needs a single license then FACT aren't going to be knocking at his door should he use one.....

    and still preferable to running some dodgy cracktivated OS


    Edited by: "Uridium" 22nd Jan

    usman330

    \x09\x09\x09\x09\x09\x09Whenever I have reinstalled windows in the past … \x09\x09\x09\x09\x09\x09Whenever I have reinstalled windows in the past it has picked up the product key that the laptop shipped with which would mean it would put home on again, how would I stop this happening \x09\x09\x09\x09\x09


    Just download a the Media Creation Tool from microsoft website and create a bootable USB installer. Once it's done create a file called ei.cfg on the pendrive inside "sources" folder and edit it with Notepad. Add the following lines:
    [Channel]
    Retail
    Save the file and you good to go.
    Next time you install W10 it will ask you what version you want to install.
    You still need a valid license or registered hardware with Microsoft otherwise it won't work.

    Hope it helps
    Edited by: "petum84" 6th Jul
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