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Should I risk buying Win 10 OEM Key ?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I bet everyone now knows that you can actually get Windows 10 key for cheap, but normally they are only OEM version being sold....
Now I myself am using a Windows 7 OEM for the past 5 Years now I believe ? So far I guess no problem. 

Just your opinion, do you think it matters ? What keys are you using yourself OEM or Retail ? 
I do kinda regretted a bit for buying OEM key (  Especially since I paid FULL price for my Windows 7 key ) since OEM key will be locked onto your Mobo....
Which I wasn't able to change my Mobo unless I get another key....I wanted to change my Z77 board many times in the past but in the end I didn't due to having to buy a new key....

So now I be building a new PC, I was wondering should I get OEM or just pay full price for a Retail. 
But the OEM keys which I found is A LOT cheaper than the Retail.....the difference is like RM 50 - 150 for OEM which is about 10 - 20 USD  I guess ( 3rd party seller of course ) and Retail one is going for a whopping RM 530 which is nearly 130$ USD
Differences is huge ! 

I wonder should I just risk buying the cheap OEM key first and if things doesn't turn well maybe only then I should pay full price for the Retail ? What's everyone's opinion guys ? 

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I've always gone with OEM keys and have changed motherboards a couple times with no issue. I just use phone activation if it fails to activate normally and tell it that it's only been installed on 1 computer and boom.

 

Edit: With Windows 10 you can also tie the key to your Microsoft account if you sign in with that it should allow you to reactivate if you do swap hardware.


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It matters since OEM keys are tied to a specific machine and can't be reused, even if you upgrade the same machine.

Since they're cheap, you can just get another key, but I couldn't be bothered.

If you already have Win 7 installed and just want to upgrade the OS and not the PC itself, there's still a way of getting a free upgrade. Google's your friend in that matter.


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1 minute ago, revsilverspine said:

It matters since OEM keys are tied to a specific machine and can't be reused, even if you upgrade the same machine.

Since they're cheap, you can just get another key, but I couldn't be bothered.

If you already have Win 7 installed and just want to upgrade the OS and not the PC itself, there's still a way of getting a free upgrade. Google's your friend in that matter.

I've always heard that but whenever I swap boards I just use phone activation to reactivate the key and it's always worked. I'm honest when I say it's only been installed on 1 machine and they just deactivate the other ID associated to the key so it can be used with the new board.


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1 minute ago, Lurick said:

I've always gone with OEM keys and have changed motherboards a couple times with no issue. I just use phone activation if it fails to activate normally and tell it that it's only been installed on 1 computer and boom.

 

Edit: With Windows 10 you can also tie the key to your Microsoft account if you sign in with that it should allow you to reactivate if you do swap hardware.

Yeah I've heard few people did that I haven't try it myself...but I wonder will it be possible for me. I mean it doesn't matter if I'm not from US right ? 
Sometimes these things work strangely lol..like Corsair for example. They have an Online store, but they only ship to US, Canada and some EU countries...they don't ship Worlwide even we are willing to pay !  Was kinda pissed off for that since back then there was a Case Spare Part I wanted to buy from them and couldn't get else where...

But as said since it's so damn cheap maybe I could just try risking it....

1 minute ago, revsilverspine said:

It matters since OEM keys are tied to a specific machine and can't be reused, even if you upgrade the same machine.

Since they're cheap, you can just get another key, but I couldn't be bothered.

If you already have Win 7 installed and just want to upgrade the OS and not the PC itself, there's still a way of getting a free upgrade. Google's your friend in that matter.

Nah, I be building a brand new PC. That's why I'm getting a new Windows 10 key.

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Just now, gh0st47 said:

Yeah I've heard few people did that I haven't try it myself...but I wonder will it be possible for me. I mean it doesn't matter if I'm not from US right ? 
Sometimes these things work strangely lol..like Corsair for example. They have an Online store, but they only ship to US, Canada and some EU countries...they don't ship Worlwide even we are willing to pay !  Was kinda pissed off for that since back then there was a Case Spare Part I wanted to buy from them and couldn't get else where...

But as said since it's so damn cheap maybe I could just try risking it....

Nah, I be building a brand new PC. That's why I'm getting a new Windows 10 key.

Yah, I don't think the phone activation will care where you're from, so long as you dial the right number for your country.


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But do you guys have any idea how are they selling the keys so cheap ? I mean they are LEGIT. Least what I heard or when bought from a reliable source, like Kinguin. 
It's about 26$ USD, back then Paul ( YouTuber ) bought for 20$ USD....but he did mentioned they are all 3rd party sellers...
Really curious. Or are Microsoft really that money monger of a bastard lol...I'm not surprise though, I mean there's a price difference between OEM and Retail keys....let's not forget the amount of different versions for Windows 7....

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Just now, Lurick said:

I've always heard that but whenever I swap boards I just use phone activation to reactivate the key and it's always worked. I'm honest when I say it's only been installed on 1 machine and they just deactivate the other ID associated to the key so it can be used with the new board.

I tried that and it only worked ONCE.

Second time I had to contact support (phone option was unavailable for some reason) and they were about as useful as a potato in a sandstorm.


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4 minutes ago, gh0st47 said:

But do you guys have any idea how are they selling the keys so cheap ? I mean they are LEGIT. Least what I heard or when bought from a reliable source, like Kinguin. 
It's about 26$ USD, back then Paul ( YouTuber ) bought for 20$ USD....but he did mentioned they are all 3rd party sellers...
Really curious. Or are Microsoft really that money monger of a bastard lol...I'm not surprise though, I mean there's a price difference between OEM and Retail keys....let's not forget the amount of different versions for Windows 7....

It's a grey area. Most of the keys are legit and some others are stolen, fake, or volume license keys.

 

 

Just now, revsilverspine said:

I tried that and it only worked ONCE.

Second time I had to contact support (phone option was unavailable for some reason) and they were about as useful as a potato in a sandstorm.

Yah, there is a way to force phone activation to pop up, I forget the command but a quick google search should turn it up.


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Bought an OEM key when I made the jump to Ryzen because I'm not looking to upgrade the platform for the next couple of years. AFAIK you can still upgrade the GPU, which, apart from other minor stuff, is all I'm really planning to do.

For any other situation though, or if you're someone who updates more frequently I'd just pay some more up front and be done with it.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hmm wait I just found this online, now I wonder does OEM even restrict you from major hardware change ??
Now I'm even more confused lol...or does this still only apply to Retail keys ??
Anyways I been searching around, there's a local here selling Retail keys for super cheap price just about 10$ USD or so...
I think I'm just gonna try my luck and give it a shot. It should be legit, because I found him in a Facebook group for my local PC Gaming Community. He sold a couple keys already. 
If they are fake, he would had been reported and banned from the group. 
 
https://www.windowscentral.com/how-re-activate-windows-10-after-hardware-change

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